About once every 3 to 5 years I like to grab a couple bombers of my favorite IPA, knock the dust off the old family album, and settle in for a nice long stroll down memory lane.


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While the general outline of the journey always remains the same ("yep, I sure did think Ricky Martin turtlenecks were the pinnacle of high fashion" or "hmm, bleach blonde frosted hair tips haven't made it back around? That's shocking"), there's no telling what features of my family's photo chronicled past I'll appreciate the most.

This time through I found myself reveling with the most awe at pictures of my dad who, apparently, was a one-man '80s monument constructed to honor the perm, short shorts, and some odd form of iconic dad-coolness that I'm 100% certain I'll never achieve.

I was so moved by his photos, in fact, and by the certainty that there is a whole generation of dad photos of equal quality sitting unappreciated in family albums across the world, that I created the @oldschooldads Instagram account as a place where the most classic of these photos could be readily and permanently appreciated, as they (and the world) deserve.

So far the reception has been warm (10.7k followers in approximately 3 months), and there has been no shortage of amazing dad submissions, with each new dad seemingly raising the bar to insurmountable heights.

The series that follows presents some of the great old school dad submissions so far.

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Chase Banta 2 months ago

Just for the record, this is the dad photo (my dad) that gave me the idea!

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Sandra Lawrence 2 months ago

He's a Viking God in disguise

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Rachel Rosky 2 months ago

Matching mullets is the pentacle of good parenting

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Rachel Rosky 2 months ago

Thats one cool-ass dad

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Rachel Rosky 2 months ago

Sweetest thing I ever seen in full denim.

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KT Pinto 2 months ago

Ouch, those shorts! :-O

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jamie1707 2 months ago

That camera! They were huge!

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Rachel Rosky 2 months ago

Dads: giving mom's mini-heart attacks doing child acrobatics since the dawn of time

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K. LNU 2 months ago

Anyone else hear the Bee Gees singing in the background?

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Dawn Mule 2 months ago

cover the beard part and see the photo looks like a teen girl to me

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Rachel Rosky 2 months ago

Trying his best not to spill that precious drink

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Rachel Rosky 2 months ago

Men who love animals ♥

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Rachel Rosky 2 months ago

70's dads were the best dads

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Agnes Jekyll 2 months ago

70's dad: smoke: check drink: check polyester pants: check belt askew: check zipper not entirely zipped: check ignoring child desperately in need of affection: check

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Rachel Rosky 2 months ago

Looks like he's wrangling two snakes

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Caitlin Smith 2 months ago

That's a movie I'd pay to see

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Kathy Baylis 2 months ago

Back in the day, Dad was cut!

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Jessica Temple 2 months ago

OH DAD!!! get your hand off Jessica's boob, she's a married woman after all!!

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Rebekah 2 months ago

Flashback... damn! Those chairs would BURN when they were in the sun!

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Rachel Rosky 2 months ago

I wonder if that kids still in therapy

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Chicago Kitty 2 months ago

Bedroom eyes and a sweet pornstache! I bet he was a real lady charmer-seriously.

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Rachel Rosky 2 months ago

This must have been pre-socks-with-shoes dads

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Kathy Baylis 2 months ago

Finally! A 70s Dad wearing a wedding ring!

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Kathy Baylis 2 months ago

Hard physical work and cigarettes. How did he do it?

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Rachel Rosky 2 months ago

Milk and Pepsi, a dad's store run for sure

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