"Back in my day, we used to walk 5 miles to school in sub-zero temperatures without batting an eyelid. Not like you spoiled little brats these days!" We all have an older relative who says things like this about raising kids. They are despairing the coddled youth with their smartphones, crappy music, and parents that seemingly can't say no to their every demand.

And you know what? They might actually have a point on the parenting styles of today. Although the world might seem like a more dangerous place now with higher safety standards required, kids of previous generations had to make their own entertainment. They had to learn to look after themselves from a younger age and take far more risks while doing so. Parents didn't have things like Mumsnet to help them with parenting tips, alternatively, guilt and stress them out for letting kids go out of the safe environments and learn from their own mistakes.

To celebrate the eccentric approaches of old-school parenting and child safety, we here at Bored Panda have put together a list of parents and their kids doing things that would horrify the mommy and daddy bloggers and Instagrammers of today. What's your opinion on the evolution of parenting over the years? Scroll down below to check out the vintage photos for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

#1

Me Back In 1991 Just Your Typical Aussie Kid Drinking Xxxxlight Beer(I Wasn't Aloud Heavies Back Then) And Holding A Baby Crocodile

Me Back In 1991 Just Your Typical Aussie Kid Drinking Xxxxlight Beer(I Wasn't Aloud Heavies Back Then) And Holding A Baby Crocodile

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Raven Collins
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2 years ago

Australian levels check out ✔💯

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#2

My Mother And Grandmother Demonstrating Safety Standards In The 1960s

My Mother And Grandmother Demonstrating Safety Standards In The 1960s

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Biljana Malesevic
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2 years ago

This makes me uncomfortable.

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#3

If Your Mum Didn't Lay On The Ground Making Herself Into A Ramp For Your New BMX, Did She Even Love You? 1980's

If Your Mum Didn't Lay On The Ground Making Herself Into A Ramp For Your New BMX, Did She Even Love You? 1980's

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Slinkman
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2 years ago

That's one strong mom

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#4

California Marijuana Initiative Rally 1972. That’s Me In The Box And My Parents In The Picture

California Marijuana Initiative Rally 1972. That’s Me In The Box And My Parents In The Picture

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Lisa Hilyer
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2 years ago

And only 36 years later...

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#5

My Dad And His Veterinarian Mother, With Their Pet Lion Which They Raised For Two Years, 1959

My Dad And His Veterinarian Mother, With Their Pet Lion Which They Raised For Two Years, 1959

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Aramis
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2 years ago

your mum is cooler then i will ever be also cute lion

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#6

Princess Yvonne And Prince Alexander In Germany, 1955

Princess Yvonne And Prince Alexander In Germany, 1955

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The Dutches
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2 years ago

LOL

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#7

A Couple Ice Skating With Their Baby, 1937

A Couple Ice Skating With Their Baby, 1937

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DforDorothy
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2 years ago

Hopefully their ways haven't gone in separate directions. 🔀

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#8

Infant Me, My Mother & Father At A Bar Because That's How Parents Rolled In The Early '80s

Infant Me, My Mother & Father At A Bar Because That's How Parents Rolled In The Early '80s

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Aaron W
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2 years ago

I hung in bars too when I was little. Then they wouldn't let me back in until I was 20 - I must have been a rough toddler.

MadJess Tic
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1 year ago

Same here!!

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Max L.
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2 years ago

When you aren't sure your dad is Pablo Escobar or Mario Bros

Joe Sauer
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2 years ago

Young John Candy

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glowworm2
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2 years ago

Mom is gorgeous! Also, I'm highly certain that baby has a fake Id.

John Montgomery
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2 years ago

As long as the kid isn't drinking I don't see the problem.

Martti Laurson
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2 years ago

Your father was John Candy?

Non-New-Toni-An
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2 years ago

This photo needn't make the list. In the UK family pubs are common. There's nothing weird as long as the parents aren't drunk.

Gracie Mae
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2 years ago

my mother was a bartender for most of her life; i was brought up in bars because it was allowed & there was no babysitter to pay. i loved to dance & play music on the jukebox. playing shuffleboard was fun too, and eating maraschino cherries!

Roy Phillips
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1 year ago

Old joke from England. A man, his wife, and their 4 year-old child were out driving, when they were pulled over by the police. The Bobby told the gentleman who was driving that he'd been weaving a bit, and wondered if he'd mind taking a breathalyzer test to prove he was sober. Glad to, sad the gentleman. Strangely, the test showed that he was legally drunk. Got to be something wrong with that machine, the gentleman insisted, Let my wife try; she never drinks. But the machine showed her to be legally drunk as well. The gentleman made one more request, that would, if granted, show that the machine in question was defective. Let's see how the kid does with the machine, he suggested. And, what do you know? The kid also tested legally drunk. The Bobby apologized, and allowed the family to go on their way. As they pulled away, the husband looked at his wife and said "Good thing we gave the kid that double shot of gin before we left the bar, eh wot?!?

Amanda Solheim
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1 year ago

🤣🤣🤣 love it!!

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LemonyLickit
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1 year ago

Uncle Buck!

KT Trondsen
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2 years ago

Looks like John Candy...

Jeff Tolliver
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1 year ago

Full Del Griffith in that photo. Just need Neil Page sitting next to him.

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Kathy Baylis
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2 years ago

In the early 1970s, my parents and I spent our summers traveling the US. In 1972, we went out West. When we got to Las Vegas, we went to see the casinos. When my parents went on to the casino floor to check out the people who were gambling, security told them it was illegal for me to go with them. So Security told me to sit at the BAR (!!!) where the Bartender gave me free Coca-Colas and kept an eye on me until they were done.

Hans
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2 years ago

Cut the smoking and I see nothing wrong!

Id row
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1 year ago

'71 here, I practically grew up in bars.

Melissa Losos
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1 year ago

the STOP child abuse poster on the wall LOL

GFSTaylor
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1 year ago

Still quite normal in the UK. The kids don't drink alcohol. The parents get to chat and hang out with friends. Kids get to play with other kids, maybe in a children's area outside if the weather's good, and socialize with their parent's friends, learning how adults interact. Kids under 16 have to leave by 9.00pm. You wouldn't take kids to some pubs, but there are plenty of family-friendly ones around. The mere sight and smell of alocohol isn't going to damage kids.

Mary Rose Kent
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1 year ago

Do people smoke in pubs or is it like much of the U.S. where it’s no longer legal to smoke indoors?

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Michelle
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1 year ago

Oh noooo, they are going to give their baby alcohol. I'm sure they STILL do this in EU where it's NORMAL.

Valerie Lessard
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1 year ago

cute family. Second hand smoke is a worry, but I don't think baby is drinking

LFSchind
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1 year ago

My infant's first outing at two weeks old was to our local brewery.

Full Name
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1 year ago

It was probably products from that brewery that helped create that child in the first place so it's only fitting to go full circle and pay homage.

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Alisa Brouwer
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1 year ago

Is that John Candy?

Hamlets twin
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1 year ago

NORM!

KarmaQueen
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2 years ago

And a mixed couple as well. It was becoming more the norm in the 80's but still not as common as now.

Bill
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2 years ago

The good ole days of the smoky bar where your eyes burn a little. I smoke but certainly don't miss the days of smoking in bars and restaurants.

Amy Zwick
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1 year ago

I still remember selling pet rocks to patrons in the bar my mom worked at.

Lilyan
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1 year ago

Can confirm, one of my early memories is my Great-Gran falling off the bar she was dancing on....

Laly Lynch
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1 year ago

Yup! My mother took me & my younger brother to several bars (all in a 24-hour period) while we were yet toddlers. Very rough childhood.

Mike B
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1 year ago

Bonus points for the cigarette vending machine in the background.

Paul Cunningham
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1 year ago

Looks like John Candy

Paul Cunningham
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1 year ago

Is that John Candy?

Jeff Tolliver
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1 year ago

Del Griffith, American Light and Fixture.... shower curtain ring division. I sell shower curtain rings. Best in the world!

Misterscooter
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1 year ago

Teach that kid to use the cigarette machine and they never need get up.

Broken Robot
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2 years ago

Anyone else thought that was John Candy?

debrina blackmoon
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1 year ago

no but i see the resemblance:)

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Scott Turnbull
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2 years ago

Is that John Candy?

Kyle Alcock
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1 year ago

Your dad is Jon Candy!?!!??

Jim Allder
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1 year ago

No it isn't either.

Marian Vlioncu
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1 year ago

So...your dad was Pablo Escobar?

Marian Vlioncu
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1 year ago

Your dad was Pablo Escobar?

Malena Persson
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1 year ago

Or in Scotland 2019! 😂

Theresa Dorsey
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1 year ago

I had mine there too...

Ruth Anzalone
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1 year ago

John Candy in disguise?

Ann Abdelzaher
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1 year ago

LOL Some times after school when I had activities I was to walk to the "Elm street Grill and Bar" and wait for my grandpa to pick me up or later my dad. The owner of the bar would give me snacks and things while I waited :D

Beckita Moore
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1 year ago

Took my bairns to the pub all the time! It's still normal in Yorkshire tbf. Better now since thecsmoking ban of course!

Sandy J Renfroe
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1 year ago

Who'se the gangsta next to Mom?

Laura Perkinson
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1 year ago

Not really , in Texas you could take your kids in bars an even give them beer! Made for a lot of early alcoholics!

Gabby M
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1 year ago

80's, 70's, 60,s <Raises my hand.

Calum Sanderson
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1 year ago

omg your mum tho she's AMAZING

Shauna Mañana
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1 year ago

My mother was hanging out in bars with her parents in the 50’s, eating maraschino cherries. She also used to ride in the car with both of them smoking with the windows fully rolled up.

Alex Craig
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1 year ago

I love your Dad's look ha ha and you are absolutely adorable.

Alex Craig
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1 year ago

Your Mum's a fox too.

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ForkNBeans
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1 year ago

Yep. Same here. Pretty common back then.

How to produce sarcasim
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1 year ago

The babee looks so confused

Rosali LC
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1 year ago

Well, would you rather they left the baby alone at home? :p

Dina Voormey
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1 year ago

My parents didn't!

okpkpkp
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1 year ago

I brought my son into a few bars during the early '80s.

Viki Banaszak
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1 year ago

Ah, the smell of stale beer and cigs. I do miss my childhood ;p

Crouching_Penn_Hidden_Teller@yahoo.com
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1 year ago

I was in a bar and some people tried to bring their baby in there four years ago so obviously this hasn't died out yet.

Valerie Wagner
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1 year ago

Many bars in the south would allow babies to be with their parents. Great entertainment for the kids;)

Mairlady
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1 year ago

yes, The 80's were great! Not like it is today.

Annamay
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1 year ago

I remember going to bars with my father. He'd have a few beers and I would have a ginger ale. All the old drunks knew me!

bobbifein55
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1 year ago

Awww! What a cutie!

Ruth Baldwin
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1 year ago

It was Christmas!

Diane Phillips-Herman
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1 year ago

I spent a lot of time in the bar in the 70's when I was 9 to 11. I learned to shoot pool early.

Steve Cruz
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1 year ago

I ran around the NCO club at an Air Force site, playing the jukebox and making grids of used cigarette butts. Looks like your folks had you in the non-smoking section.

Victor Manteca Hierro
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1 year ago

In Spain is still the same.

Katie Smith
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1 year ago

I remember going to bars when I was kid in the 90's with my dad. Lol

Brittany Tarazewich
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1 year ago

I remember doing this in the late 80s and early 90s too!

Brittany Tarazewich
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1 year ago

I remember doing this in the 80s and very early 90s too.

Kathy Olsen
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1 year ago

Your mom is beautiful!

Momo Skarsgård
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1 year ago

I remember my grandma used to take me with her to the bar

debrina blackmoon
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1 year ago (edited)

my mother took us to a bar/grill where my father's gf worked-they became friends anyway and we got free Shirley Temples

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Lu
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1 year ago

I felt like Wings...so I went to Wings with my 5 year old. They told me no kids were allowed. I didn't get any Wings that day, or beer.

Kate Collins
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2 years ago

I took my children (born between 1977 -1996) to dance halls where they ran around til they often fell asleep under the tables while mamma and daddy, danced, drank, and interacted with other adults whose children did the same thing. Amazing that they've all grown up to be successful in their own right.

N S
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2 years ago

was your father's name pablo by any chance?

Wanda Queen
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2 years ago

yep yep

Cheryl Stott Hafferty
Community Member
2 years ago

Still happens only now they put their baby in the front holding back pack. Trust me no one in the bar wants to see your baby

Missy Barton
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2 years ago

You have a baby! In a bar!

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#9

The Pinnacle Of Parenting: 1930s Swimming Lesson

The Pinnacle Of Parenting: 1930s Swimming Lesson

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Aramis
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2 years ago

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jesus christ this has to be fake, right.

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#10

Car Seat Safety In 1958. Not Strapped In To Anything, These Seats Relied On The Mother To Put Her Arm Out And Stop The Baby From Falling Forward

Car Seat Safety In 1958. Not Strapped In To Anything, These Seats Relied On The Mother To Put Her Arm Out And Stop The Baby From Falling Forward

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Aaron W
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2 years ago

Before physics was invented.

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#11

My Hilarious Father (With The Magazine) And My Grandfather, Grandmother, And Uncle At His Bar Mitzvah In 1972

My Hilarious Father (With The Magazine) And My Grandfather, Grandmother, And Uncle At His Bar Mitzvah In 1972

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Slinkman
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2 years ago

Looks like a young kickapoo Jack Black

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#12

My Mother-In-Law Riding A Bear At 2 Years Old

My Mother-In-Law Riding A Bear At 2 Years Old

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Slinkman
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2 years ago

Well that's a mother in law you want to keep on your good side ;)

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#13

Harley With A Baby Seat, 1962

Harley With A Baby Seat, 1962

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Kimberly Puchniarz
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2 years ago

Now that is really cool! Never saw one like this! Great share!

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#14

A Photo Of Me Dressed Up As My Dad, With My Dad (1982)

A Photo Of Me Dressed Up As My Dad, With My Dad (1982)

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Hans
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2 years ago

Bubblegum cigarettes still were a thing in the 80s. :)

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#15

My Dad Showing Off His Parenting Skills 1985

My Dad Showing Off His Parenting Skills 1985

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Aramis
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2 years ago

just a sparkler, not that bad.

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#16

My Mom In The Hospital After Giving Birth To My Sister. Canada 1978. Smokes And Roasted Chicken

My Mom In The Hospital After Giving Birth To My Sister. Canada 1978. Smokes And Roasted Chicken

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Aaron W
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2 years ago

...and makeup too. A girls gotta look her best, even right after giving birth.

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#17

Back In The Day. 1950s To Be Exact. Checkout That Car Seat

Back In The Day. 1950s To Be Exact. Checkout That Car Seat

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2 years ago

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Also, back then there weren't so many cars, and not even close To how fast they are today, thus way fewer accidents. 🚙

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#18

My Mom Showing Off Her Parenting Skills 1978

My Mom Showing Off Her Parenting Skills 1978

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DforDorothy
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2 years ago

At least he'll have a good sleep. 😴

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#19

Me, 1958, Relaxing After My Bath With Toby, I Was Never Again This Cool

Me, 1958, Relaxing After My Bath With Toby, I Was Never Again This Cool

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Pandykinz
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2 years ago

I love the painted nails haha

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#20

13 Y/O Dad Having A Taste While The Grownups Are Busy Playing Cards; Upstate New York, August 1954

13 Y/O Dad Having A Taste While The Grownups Are Busy Playing Cards; Upstate New York, August 1954

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CrunChewy McSandybutt
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2 years ago

Meh, we did this all the time when I was a kid and I turned out just fi– wait...

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#21

My Father And His Pet Lion Priscilla, California 1970's

My Father And His Pet Lion Priscilla, California 1970's

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Aaron W
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2 years ago

His parents let him have a lion? Jesus. How many brothers and sisters does he think he had?

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#22

My Adorable (4 Year Old) Mother At A Zoo In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 1970

My Adorable (4 Year Old) Mother At A Zoo In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 1970

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Slinkman
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2 years ago

Well at least it's not Harrambe

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#23

Just A Photo Of Yours Truly (At 11 Years) Petting A Full Grown Tiger. My Mom Calls It Her "Bad Parenting Moment"

Just A Photo Of Yours Truly (At 11 Years) Petting A Full Grown Tiger. My Mom Calls It Her "Bad Parenting Moment"

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Monika Soffronow
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2 years ago

From the infamous Thai temple tiger farm. https://www.traffic.org/news/thai-seizure-of-a-dozen-captive-tigers-resurrects-farming-threat/

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