These Vintage Photos Prove Our Parents and Grandparents Were Once Young and Very, Very, Cool | 22 Words

It may not be clear to us when we're kids, but as we grow up, we realize that, obviously, our parents and grandparents were once carefree, cool young people as well.

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Common sense tells us that, but these historic and amazing pics below SHOW us just how badass these folks were back in the day. So study up on your history and see if you can't learn anything about a cool attitude and style from these vintage snapshots.

Hope he's thirsty!

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A real-life Rosie the Riveter during WWII.

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Grandparents on a date in 1960.

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A second date for another pair of grandparents. Lots of smoking back then.

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Beach day for Grandma in 1954.

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Grandma working as a car model in 1959.

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One kid's very, very lucky dad.

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Another WWII welder.

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Grandma wearing pants in 1938, when it was not "proper" for women to wear pants.

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Dad about to receive a dog for his b-day in 1955.

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A very stylin' mom back getting her pic with her car for her sweet sixteen b-day.

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Mom catching up with Bob Ross in 1989.

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A very infant mom getting scared by a flash in a 1922 photo.

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A dad in 1989. Yup. Alaska. 1989.

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Grandpa feeding the cat, straight from the source.

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Dad and his brother getting married in a "joint ceremony."

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This is the most 1980s pic of a stepdad anyone could imagine.

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Grandfather chilling in Texas way back in 1910.

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Back when a fella did his job with a smile.

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A skateboarding pioneer grandfather in 1960 in Central Park.

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BEER RUN.

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