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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3 years ago

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

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Sandra Lawrence
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3 years ago

He's a Viking God in disguise

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Rachel Rosky
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3 years ago

Matching mullets is the pentacle of good parenting

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Rachel Rosky
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3 years ago

Thats one cool-ass dad

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Rachel Rosky
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3 years ago

Sweetest thing I ever seen in full denim.

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Coco!
Community Member
3 years ago

My dad did this once, and I almost cried because I thought he was gonna fall off.

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jamie1707
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3 years ago

That camera! They were huge!

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Rachel Rosky
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3 years ago

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

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K. LNU
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3 years ago

Anyone else hear the Bee Gees singing in the background?

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Dawn Mule
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3 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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3 years ago

Trying his best not to spill that precious drink

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Rachel Rosky
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3 years ago

Men who love animals ♥

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Rachel Rosky
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3 years ago

70's dads were the best dads

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Agnes Jekyll
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3 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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Rachel Rosky
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3 years ago

Looks like he's wrangling two snakes

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Caitlin Smith
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3 years ago

That's a movie I'd pay to see

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Kathy Baylis
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3 years ago

Back in the day, Dad was cut!

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Jessica Temple
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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Rebekah
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3 years ago

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

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Rachel Rosky
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3 years ago

I wonder if that kids still in therapy

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Chicago Kitty
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3 years ago

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

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Rachel Rosky
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3 years ago

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

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Kathy Baylis
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3 years ago

Finally! A 70s Dad wearing a wedding ring!

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Kathy Baylis
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3 years ago

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

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Rachel Rosky
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3 years ago

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

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K. LNU
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3 years ago

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

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Jessica Temple
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3 years ago

LOL love the chair in the pool!

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Rachel Rosky
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3 years ago

Um, I'm 100% serious when I ask if thats a penis attached to those glasses.

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Rachel Rosky
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3 years ago

Dog dads count!

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Chicago Kitty
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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Jessica Temple
Community Member
3 years ago

What a Kool Krew!

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Chicago Kitty
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3 years ago

Derp runs in the family = )

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Rachel Rosky
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3 years ago

Men use to be a lot less worried about their junk showing back in the day

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Kay Ann
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3 years ago

Best expression ever.

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K. LNU
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3 years ago

Lou Ferrigno?

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Rachel Rosky
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3 years ago

The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit all in one pic

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Rebekah
Community Member
3 years ago

Awww

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Desi Platias
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3 years ago

more barebreasts

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Chase Banta
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3 years ago

Thank God Dad didn't catch a smaller fish.

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Chicago Kitty
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3 years ago

The placement of those leaves- ha ha.

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Chicago Kitty
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3 years ago

Karen used the leftover upholstery fabric to make Marv a swingin' new outfit.

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diane a
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3 years ago

I love the beer box on his head - the whisky in one hand - the beer can in the other, the alcohol supplies in the background, the fag packet on the table and the hysterical friend - this was a man on a mission

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diane a
Community Member
3 years ago

how sad am I that I know the full title of the film in the poster behind and that the Gloria - was Gloria Graham

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Chicago Kitty
Community Member
3 years ago

Helmets? We don't need no stinkin' helmets!

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BusLady
Community Member
3 years ago

Reminds me of my Grandfather.

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Chicago Kitty
Community Member
3 years ago

He looks like he's about to tell us a great story.

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diane a
Community Member
3 years ago

that looks so much like Cornwall

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Kathy Baylis
Community Member
3 years ago

Balls in the corner pocket. You may do with that phrase what you will...

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Kathy Baylis
Community Member
3 years ago

Lionel and Nicole Ritchie?

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Rebekah
Community Member
3 years ago

(insert 70's porn music here)

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Bryan perkins
Community Member
2 years ago

"LIGHTNING NEVER STRIKEZ THE SAME PLACE TWICE ", he used to say.... God I miss him...

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Jessica Temple
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3 years ago

I had a teddy ruxpin and he was literally my BEST friend from 3-7 lol He told such great stories.

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Agnes Jekyll
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3 years ago

James Bond with a baby

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Bryan perkins
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2 years ago

Your wieners a winner...

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Jessica Temple
Community Member
3 years ago

Hahaha, he's up to something! lol

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Rebeca Lozada
Community Member
3 years ago

Those shoes tho... * Searches for 70 's shoes * ( DAMN THOSE PEEPS HAD STYLE ) The glasses are nice 2

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K. LNU
Community Member
3 years ago

"Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."

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Rebekah
Community Member
3 years ago

Same eyes.

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Bored Office Girl
Community Member
3 years ago

She looks exactly like him lol.

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Kathy Baylis
Community Member
3 years ago

OK, let me see if I have this right. Business in front and on top. Party in back and on bottom. Right?

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Jessica Temple
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3 years ago

Hold my smoke baby I gotta dig into my happy meal

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Bryan perkins
Community Member
2 years ago

Bohemian rhapsody was written about as pizza man who showed up late. Here's freddy in the aftermath...

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BusLady
Community Member
3 years ago

Good way to get exercise and babysit at the same time.

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BusLady
Community Member
3 years ago

The younger kid's not happy. "That used to be my stroller."

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BusLady
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3 years ago

Nice butt.

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Bryan perkins
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2 years ago

Wife: "dont wear the guitar belt buckle it'll be redundant!" Me: What's "redundant mean??"...?

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Bryan perkins
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2 years ago

Llamas aren't allowed to drink on boats without a personal flotation device. It's the law.

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Kathy Baylis
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3 years ago

That pencil makes me nervous.

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diane a
Community Member
3 years ago

The Doberman is just waiting for the accident to happen

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Bryan perkins
Community Member
2 years ago

On a scale of grape to watermelon, how high are you?

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