Old photos are a real pleasure to look at: it’s awesome to see how fashion and style trends changed. But one thing that caught our eye is that a lot of young people in old-timey photos seem to look far older than people of the same age nowadays. Did people use to age faster in the past? It’s worth considering.

Scroll down to check out the photos we’ve collected showing how humans from the past looked way older than they ‘should.’ One of the places we drew inspiration from is the Old School Cool subreddit that’s dedicated to photos of “history’s coolest kids,” so give them a visit and have a peek at the awesome pics they post.

When you’re done enjoying this list, check our other posts about people sharing old photos that ‘prove’ humans aged faster in the past here and here.

#1

My Grandmother On Her Confirmation Day In 1941. She Is 14 Years Old In This Picture And She Made Her Own Dress.

My Grandmother On Her Confirmation Day In 1941. She Is 14 Years Old In This Picture And She Made Her Own Dress.

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Emowan
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5 months ago

Wow....beautiful girl

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1940 My Grandad (17 Years Old In Photo) At The Dublin Races With His Mother, My Great Grandmother. Apologies About The Image Defect, It's The Best Photograph We Have Of Him.

1940 My Grandad (17 Years Old In Photo) At The Dublin Races With His Mother, My Great Grandmother. Apologies About The Image Defect, It's The Best Photograph We Have Of Him.

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Justine Coss
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5 months ago

Not great but it's something uosinedges...ca289c.jpg uosinedges-5eb91c8ca289c.jpg

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#3

My Grandfather’s Ww2 Photograph, He Was 18 Years Old. Still Alive And Sharp As A Tack At 96.

My Grandfather’s Ww2 Photograph, He Was 18 Years Old. Still Alive And Sharp As A Tack At 96.

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Aiste Pupinyte
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5 months ago

Captain America!

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The Old School Cool Reddit community says that it celebrates everyone from the past who’s looking hip: “Everything from beatniks to bikers, mods to rude boys, hippies to ravers. And everything in between.”

The subreddit has a whopping 14.5 million members and it asks its members that they don’t post any pictures of people from 1995 onward. Does that mean that every photo older than 25 is considered ‘old school’ now? We sure hope that this term doesn’t apply to people born before 1995, too!

#4

My Grandma At 16. She Is Turning 80 This Year. She Makes Me Laugh Every Day. I Love This Woman!

My Grandma At 16. She Is Turning 80 This Year. She Makes Me Laugh Every Day. I Love This Woman!

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Charolett Wells
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5 months ago

I want those earrings. Your Grandma is a beautiful woman.

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#5

My Grandmother, Age 16 (Mexico)

My Grandmother, Age 16 (Mexico)

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Nerevar
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5 months ago

Stunning!

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#6

The Rock At 16 Years Old. (1987)

The Rock At 16 Years Old. (1987)

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Guinny
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5 months ago

he hasn't aged a day

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It’s not too much of a stretch to say that people in the past aged faster than we do now. Why? One of the biggest factors related to visible aging is sun exposure: the more time you spend in the sun, the more it damages your skin, the older you’ll look.

Since more people used to work and spend time outdoors in the past (and sunscreen wasn’t as big of a thing as it is now), they visibly aged faster. Compare that to how more and more people in 2020 are spending way more time indoors and will apply sunscreen when they go outside and there you have it—mystery solved! Of course, this doesn’t apply to everyone in the 21st century, but there’s a definite trend.

#7

My Ukranian Grandmother In 1927 At 16 Years Old. Her Brother My Uncle Nick Opened The First Photography Studio In Drumheller,alberta. She Was His One Of His Best Friends And She Used To Hand Tint The Photographs For Him. I Miss Her Dearly.

My Ukranian Grandmother In 1927 At 16 Years Old. Her Brother My Uncle Nick Opened The First Photography Studio In Drumheller,alberta. She Was His One Of His Best Friends And She Used To Hand Tint The Photographs For Him. I Miss Her Dearly.

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Ivana Junas
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5 months ago

She looks her age. The style of hair and clothing is currently perceived as "old fashioned" ad might be what makes her seem to be older. She looks 16.

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#8

This Was My Grandad. He Was Australia’s Youngest Radio Announcer At 16 Back In 1934

This Was My Grandad. He Was Australia’s Youngest Radio Announcer At 16 Back In 1934

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JessG
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5 months ago

He's a pretty hip, cool cat

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#9

My Grandparents Getting Married In Iceland In 1976 At 19

My Grandparents Getting Married In Iceland In 1976 At 19

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Teresa Horton
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5 months ago

Grandparents married in 1976? What year is it? How old am I? !!!

Kristina Thomas
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5 months ago

Haha that was my reaction too.

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Chuck
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5 months ago

How old the person who made this post? I don't exactly consider myself old but my grandparents got married in 1944.

Aragorn II Elessar
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5 months ago

Lmao my grandparents were born in the early 1940s

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JessG
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5 months ago

Yeah, they do look 19 though

Bev Zeiner
Community Member
5 months ago

They look 19 to me.

Rabbit Carrot
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5 months ago (edited)

They look cool and she looks a little like Scarlett Johansson.

Noel Bovae
Community Member
5 months ago

Grandparents that were 19 in 1976?! Ok you guys are seriously making me feel old now. ...Stop that.

nycRed714
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5 months ago

Is everyone in that country gorgeous?

Trick Question
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5 months ago

The grandfather looks like Big Pete from "pete and pete"

KT Pinto
Community Member
2 months ago

Um... they look 19... It's that whole "getting marriage" part that's possibly clouding things...

Mairead Heffernan
Community Member
5 months ago

Good Grief, I feel ancient, my grandparents on my father's side got married in 1921 and 1923 on my mother's side. I am 44 btw

Mildred Thompson
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4 months ago

They look SO young; good looking pair.

Daniel Marsh
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4 months ago

Receding hairline at 19?

birdhouse
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4 months ago

These two look like the coolest couple ever!

Dagmar Galt
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5 months ago

Look..HIPPIES..!!

Dagmar Galt
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5 months ago

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Nayeli Ortiz
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5 months ago

ehh they look their age

Teresa Groth
Community Member
5 months ago

Very handsome couple!

Donald Holder
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5 months ago

She looks younger than 19. He doesn't.

Morgan
Community Member
5 months ago

This looks like the beginning of a movie about cereal killers in the 70s....have you researched your parents past...more importantly any sudden unexplained deaths around your parents

Collin Lyle
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5 months ago

They look 19

Jonathan
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5 months ago

Kinda looks like a straight to tv remake of The Shining.

Rachael K
Community Member
5 months ago

what no wedding dress ? even if it was just a registry office Id want a dress on esp for my first (and possibly only) wedding lol

TrashPandaru
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5 months ago

Could have done with brushing their hair

LaDonna Hulcy
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5 months ago

and they look like it.

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Some other things that make you age faster are stress, constantly changing your diet, not drinking enough water, overindulging in soda, and neglecting your friendships. Keep that in mind if you want to keep looking and feeling young, dear Pandas!

#10

My Grandma. You May Not Believe But She Was 13 In This Photo.

My Grandma. You May Not Believe But She Was 13 In This Photo.

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fro_st puppy
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5 months ago

I can see a 13-year-old. just take off the fancy dress and makeup.

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#11

My 14 Year Old Grandfather Riding His New Bike In 1949 Dayton, Ohio

My 14 Year Old Grandfather Riding His New Bike In 1949 Dayton, Ohio

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Anne
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5 months ago

OId face, but from the muscle structure you can see he is not out of his teens yet

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#12

She Was About 17 When This Photo Was Taken. She Was Born In May Of 1918. On The Right Is Her Daughter, My Mother, Mary. She Was 19 And It Was The Day She Married My Dad

She Was About 17 When This Photo Was Taken. She Was Born In May Of 1918. On The Right Is Her Daughter, My Mother, Mary. She Was 19 And It Was The Day She Married My Dad

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Anne
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5 months ago

Thats a fierce grandma you got there

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#13

My Grandma (Mimi) Was An Airline Stewardess When She Was In Her Early 20’s (So, Early To Mid 1960’s), This Is A Newspaper Article From A Flight She Was On Where A Bag Full Of Frogs Escaped That She Had To Catch On The Plane

My Grandma (Mimi) Was An Airline Stewardess When She Was In Her Early 20’s (So, Early To Mid 1960’s), This Is A Newspaper Article From A Flight She Was On Where A Bag Full Of Frogs Escaped That She Had To Catch On The Plane

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Kathy Baylis
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5 months ago

The expression on her face is priceless! She must have a great sense of humor.

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#14

My Grandma Around 20 Years Old

My Grandma Around 20 Years Old

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Anne
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5 months ago

stunning features

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#15

My Paternal Grandfather Aged 16 Colourised

My Paternal Grandfather Aged 16 Colourised

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Terje Nygård
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5 months ago

Ruff his hair up, put on a hoodie and drop the glasses and it might surprise you how much clothes impacts "visual" age :)

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#16

My Grandmother At 16 Years Old In 1917

My Grandmother At 16 Years Old In 1917

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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5 months ago

I want that chair

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#17

My Mother At 16 In 1949

My Mother At 16 In 1949

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JessG
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5 months ago

Lovely

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#18

My Grandmother In 1955 (She Was Around 13 Or 14) And Her The Week My Grandfather “Found” Her!

My Grandmother In 1955 (She Was Around 13 Or 14) And Her The Week My Grandfather “Found” Her!

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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5 months ago

I would have said mid twenties.

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#19

1945, My 18 Year Old Grandmother Concetta. She Was The Woman Who Taught Me How To Be A Sassy, Classy And Bad-Assy Woman.

1945, My 18 Year Old Grandmother Concetta. She Was The Woman Who Taught Me How To Be A Sassy, Classy And Bad-Assy Woman.

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LittleMissPanda
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5 months ago

Wow, if you told me she's 40 with 3 kids, I wouldn't think twice about it

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#20

My Mum And Dads Wedding Here In The UK . Mum Was 20 Dad 21

My Mum And Dads Wedding Here In The UK . Mum Was 20 Dad 21

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Rabbit Carrot
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5 months ago

He looks really young, she does look a lot older.

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#21

My 16 Year Old Grandmother, 1922

My 16 Year Old Grandmother, 1922

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Beverly
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5 months ago

Her clothes are exquisite. Where was that taken, I wonder?

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#22

My Mama, Rose In High School

My Mama, Rose In High School

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Tomasz Jackowski
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5 months ago

Did she allow you to drive the Mystery Machine? Don't you go tell me your mom's name is anything other than Velma :D Also, I love that style of glasses.

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#23

My Grandmother At 24 In 1934, Dancing With My Grandfather.

My Grandmother At 24 In 1934, Dancing With My Grandfather.

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Kathy Baylis
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5 months ago

What’s that Ginger Rogers quote? She did everything he did, only backwards and in heels.

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#24

My Grandfather When He Joined The Navy In 1942. He Was Only 16 Years Old At The Time Of This Picture

My Grandfather When He Joined The Navy In 1942. He Was Only 16 Years Old At The Time Of This Picture

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JessG
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5 months ago

He looks like a scrappy, sassy young lad

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#25

A Photo Of My Great Grandmother, Lottie, With Her Hunting Buddies. She Had To Have Been In Her 20’s

A Photo Of My Great Grandmother, Lottie, With Her Hunting Buddies. She Had To Have Been In Her 20’s

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Daria Z
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5 months ago

I like her badass look :)

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#26

My Handsome Grandfather When He Was My Age (32).

My Handsome Grandfather When He Was My Age (32).

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kathryn stretton
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5 months ago

Looks like he worked outdoors.

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#27

This Is My Grandmother In 1954 With Her Then Beau. Her First Love. She Was 17 Years Old

This Is My Grandmother In 1954 With Her Then Beau. Her First Love. She Was 17 Years Old

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JessG
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5 months ago

Cute!

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#28

Jamie Foxx, 18 Years Old

Jamie Foxx, 18 Years Old

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Rabbit Carrot
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5 months ago

A man who definitely ages better the older he gets.

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