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.

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
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4 years ago

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

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The photos of my dad were taken in 1988, when he was 27 years old. Unfortunately, he died in a plane crash in April of 2020, just shy of his 59th birthday. He was just as happy, healthy, handsome, and vigorous at 59 as he was at 27. We miss him, but we remember him happily.

My dad was a hell of a man. He loved well, he listened intently, and he gave generously. He did it freely, without expectation of anything in return. He was loved, admired, and respected by men, women, and children alike.

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Sandra Lawrence
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4 years ago

He's a Viking God in disguise

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Rachel Rosky
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4 years ago

Sweetest thing I ever seen in full denim.

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There are too many great memories from my childhood with my dad to pick just one: rides through the countryside on the back of his Harley; rides through hillsides on the back of his horse; his voice as he sang me Stewball by Mason Profit; the list goes on forever. Now that he is gone, though, my favorite memory is of him telling me often that he loved me, I hear those words whenever I need them now, and I can't thank him enough for it.

I myself have a son too. He's named Lou, and he'll be 3 years old on Sunday. He is incredible.

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Rachel Rosky
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4 years ago

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

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Caitlin Smith
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4 years ago

That's a movie I'd pay to see

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I think we may be losing something sacred because we don't print the physical pictures anymore. The reason I started this project was because I physically dusted off our old pile of photos and found the masterpieces. In a world where we take thousands of pictures a year but print only a few of them, I worry the future may lose these modern dad gems. That being said, I have every reason to believe modern dads are as rad as dads from the '80s and '90s, so their memories will age well.

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Rachel Rosky
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4 years ago

Trying his best not to spill that precious drink

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Rachel Rosky
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4 years ago

Thats one cool-ass dad

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Rachel Rosky
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4 years ago

Matching mullets is the pentacle of good parenting

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K. LNU
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4 years ago

Anyone else hear the Bee Gees singing in the background?

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rena
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4 years ago

Ryan Gosling?

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Chicago Kitty
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4 years ago

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

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jamie1707
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4 years ago

That camera! They were huge!

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Dawn Mule
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4 years ago

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

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Rachel Rosky
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4 years ago

Men who love animals ♥

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Agnes Jekyll
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4 years 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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Jessica Temple
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4 years ago

LOL love the chair in the pool!

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Kathy Baylis
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4 years ago

Back in the day, Dad was cut!

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Rachel Rosky
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4 years ago

Dog dads count!

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Rachel Rosky
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4 years ago

Looks like he's wrangling two snakes

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Kathy Baylis
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4 years ago

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

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Rachel Rosky
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4 years ago

70's dads were the best dads

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Chicago Kitty
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4 years ago

Before everyone freaked out about a little dirt- here son chew on this stick with me.

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Jessica Temple
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4 years ago

What a Kool Krew!

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Rachel Rosky
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4 years ago

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

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Rachel Rosky
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4 years ago

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

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K. LNU
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4 years ago

Hey! It's the heart symbol... before Taylor Swift did it. lol

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Rebekah
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4 years ago

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

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Jessica Temple
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4 years ago

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

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Kathy Baylis
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4 years ago

Finally! A 70s Dad wearing a wedding ring!

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Rachel Rosky
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4 years ago

I wonder if that kids still in therapy

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