These People Realized That Their Grandparents Were Cooler Than They Will Ever Be

Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that our grandparents used to be young, hip people with dreams and aspirations of their own.

These people posted photos online of their grandparents back in the day. Apparently, people in the ’40s and ’50s were way cooler than we are.

Is That A Tiger In Your Bag?

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Photo Credit: johnthat / Reddit
Photo Credit: johnthat / Reddit

A Reddit user posted this image online with the caption, “If I could only be half as badass as my grandfather this Memorial Day, c. 1960.” We’d settle for being a quarter as cool.

Putting On A Show

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Photo Credit: kitsa / Reddit
Photo Credit: kitsa / Reddit

The man in this photo died recently, but his granddaughter posted this photo online to show everyone how cool he was back in the day. Are you a waterskiing champ? Didn’t think so.

Up, Up And Away

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Photo Credit: di11deux /Reddit
Photo Credit: di11deux /Reddit

Reddit user di11deux posted this photo online with the caption, “My grandmother with then-Mercury 7 astronauts John Glenn, Gus Grissom, and Alan Shepherd (September 14th, 1959).” What an out-of-this-world encounter!

Every Guy’s Tinder Pic

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Photo Credit: schants / Reddit
Photo Credit: schants / Reddit

Reddit user schants posted this photo online with the caption, “My very cool grandpa in the 1950s holding a fish, smoking a cigarette, with a book tucked into his pants and cigarette pack in his sleeve.” You know how every guy seems to have a picture of himself with a fish on his Tinder profile? This is what they’re all trying to achieve.

A Fancy Dress

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Photo Credit: jewelsinme / Reddit
Photo Credit: jewelsinme / Reddit

Reddit user jewelsinme posted this photo of her grandmother online with the caption, “My favorite picture of my grandmother. 1942. She’s strong, raised six children on her own after leaving an alcoholic husband. Worked 7 days a week as a cook in a gas station from 3am-5pm. I would stay every weekend with her and sleep on the floor of the gas station back then. She’s amazing.”

A Sharpshooter

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Photo Credit: iNikkor/ Reddit
Photo Credit: iNikkor/ Reddit

You don’t want to mess with Reddit user iNikkor’s great-grandmother. Her name is Emma Hagen and she’s pictured here perfecting her aim. She was a homesteader in North Dakota in the 1910s.

A Face Like A Movie Star

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Photo Credit: FinneganWelles / Reddit
Photo Credit: FinneganWelles / Reddit

This photo of Reddit user FinneganWelles’ grandmother was taken in the 1940s. She looks like a movie star in this picture. She wasn’t actually an actress, but this photo could have fooled us.

A WWII Hero

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Photo Credit: alexanderbatman / Reddit
Photo Credit: alexanderbatman / Reddit

Reddit user alexanderbatman posted this photo online with the caption, “My grandma (top) was a badass in WW2 (1940s).” This shot looks like something out of a Charlie Chaplin movie.

A Prize-Winning Beard

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Photo Credit: jobernaut / Reddit
Photo Credit: jobernaut / Reddit

Reddit user jobernaut posted this picture online with the caption, “My grandfather after winning 1st place in the county beard contest. The hat was his prize. Circa 1954.” That is a stellar beard. He definitely deserved the hat.

Is That A Young Susan Sarandon?

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Photo Credit: Rizdominus / Reddit
Photo Credit: Rizdominus / Reddit

This isn’t a picture of Susan Sarandon from the past. It’s just her doppelganger standing between a plane and a lion. Reddit user Rizodominus posted this photo with the caption, “My grandmother (again) with Sultan, her favorite lion from her troop, in front of her plane she flew just after WW2. 1947.”

A Girl Has No Name

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Photo Credit: Gamble_MK9 / Reddit
Photo Credit: Gamble_MK9 / Reddit

Reddit user Gamble_MK9 posted this picture online because he felt like his grandmother bore a striking resemblance to Arya Stark when she was younger. This photo was taken in 1936.

We’re All Jealous

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Photo Credit: Dana Tenenbaum Tomlinson
Photo Credit: Dana Tenenbaum Tomlinson

These amazing grandparents had their photo taken in California in 1955. Are these the two hottest people you’ve ever seen in your life, or what? Just look at those biceps!

Meeting A Literary Genius

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Photo Credit: mattmanatee / Reddit
Photo Credit: mattmanatee / Reddit

Reddit user mattmanatee posted this photo online with the caption, “Ernest Hemingway and my grandma having a chat in Havana, Cuba 1952.” Yup, his grandma was friends with Ernest Hemmingway.

A Real Stud

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Photo Credit: i_hate_pennies / Reddit
Photo Credit: i_hate_pennies / Reddit

Reddit user i_hate_pennies posted this photo online with the caption, “My stud grandfather circa WWII. He watched Pearl Harbor happen in Hawaii, joined up and fought on a gunboat at Iwo Jima that was hit by enemy fire. He surfed with legends in Honolulu. He was a barber for 60 years.”

A Rockin’ Wedding Night

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Photo Credit: bluestofwaffles / Reddit
Photo Credit: bluestofwaffles / Reddit

This is the last photo in Reddit user bluestofwaffles’ grandparents’ wedding album. They seem like they have a good sense of humor. Hopefully, their wedding night was full of laughs and lots of love. This photo was taken in 1954.

A Real Seat Belt Model

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Photo Credit: Mashedbymachines / Reddit
Photo Credit: Mashedbymachines / Reddit

Reddit user Mashedbymachines posted this photo of his grandmother online with the caption, “My grandmother demonstrating the three-point belt as a model for Volvo in 1959.” His grandmother was a literal model.

Looking Like A Film Noir Detective

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Photo Credit: sw00n / Reddit
Photo Credit: sw00n / Reddit

Reddit user sw00n might just have the coolest grandpa on this list. He posted this photo online with the caption, “My grandpa’s FBI Academy photo. He worked as a spy recruiter during the Cold War.”

Yes, That’s A Bear

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Photo Credit: AdventurousHuman / Reddit
Photo Credit: AdventurousHuman / Reddit

Reddit user AdventurousHuman’s grandfather ran into a bear while he was out riding his motorcycle back in the day. He doesn’t seem too phased about the fact that there’s a large, dangerous animal behind him.

A Fox For A Friend

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Photo Credit: TheKingStacker / Reddit
Photo Credit: TheKingStacker / Reddit

Reddit user TheKingStacker posted this photo of his very cool grandfather online with the caption, “My Finnish grandfather smoking a cigarette and holding a wild fox that he befriended. (Circa 1975).”

Unrealistic Expectations

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Photo Credit: jbob5059 / Reddit
Photo Credit: jbob5059 / Reddit

There’s nothing like a photo of your absolutely shredded grandpa to make you feel inadequate. Reddit user jbob5059 posted this photo online with the caption, “Grandma sent me a picture of my grandpa at my age to make me feel like ****.”

The Look Of Love

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Photo Credit: atothego / Reddit
Photo Credit: atothego / Reddit

Reddit user atothego posted this adorable photo online with the caption, “My grandma recently passed. My Grandpa sent me this picture so I could know what a man looks like when he is in love. They were married 60+ yrs.”

A Welder Chick

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Photo Credit: anonymous-horror / Reddit
Photo Credit: anonymous-horror / Reddit

This is a photo of Reddit user anonymous-horror’s stunning great-grandmother. This woman worked as a welder during the Second World War. She looks like she’s way too cool for school.

An Actual Pin-Up Model

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Photo Credit: wefoundeachotherinthedark / Reddit
Photo Credit: wefoundeachotherinthedark / Reddit

Reddit user wefoundeachotherinthedark posted this photo of her grandmother online. She added the caption, “I recently lost my grandmother to cancer. This will always be one of my favorite photos of her.”

A Stolen Car

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Photo Credit: ksm2721 / Reddit
Photo Credit: ksm2721 / Reddit

It doesn’t get much cooler than Reddit user ksm2721’s grandfather. The grandfather in question is pictured above, along with a car that he stole from the Nazis during World War II.

Lounging Around

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Photo Credit: bringdoughnuts / Reddit
Photo Credit: bringdoughnuts / Reddit

Reddit user bringdoughnuts posted this photo online along with the caption, “My grandma smoking her cigarette on the farm. Wearing pants and doing whatever the hell she wanted. 1938.” What a smoke show!

The Original Chicken Man

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Photo Credit: RadionicPsychotronic / Reddit
Photo Credit: RadionicPsychotronic / Reddit

This guy was the original cosplayer. Apparently, people dressed up as chickens back in the 1930s. All you hipsters probably wouldn’t be caught dead in a true vintage outfit like this one.

A True Hero

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Photo Credit: gettingthere52 / Reddit
Photo Credit: gettingthere52 / Reddit

Reddit user gettingthere52 posted this absolutely epic photo of his grandfather online. He added the caption, “Photo of my grandfather exiting his plane after getting shot down.” His plane is in the ocean, people!

Yes, That Is Albert Einstein

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Photo Credit: TheTimeIsChow / Reddit
Photo Credit: TheTimeIsChow / Reddit

Reddit user TheTimeIsChow posted this photo of his grandfather standing next to Albert Einstein on the internet for our viewing pleasure. It looks like Einstein had just finished playing the violin.

Absolutely Stunning

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Photo Credit: wfyff / Reddit
Photo Credit: wfyff / Reddit

Reddit user wlyff posted this photo of his grandmother online with the caption, “My grandmother right after she ran away from communistic Bulgaria to Germany (1978).” Germany gained an absolutely stunning citizen that day.

The Old Switcheroo

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Photo Credit: howdidyougetin / Reddit
Photo Credit: howdidyougetin / Reddit

Reddit user howdidyougetin posted this photo of his grandparents wearing each other’s clothes back in the day. This photo was taken in 1943. His grandfather looks stunning in that dress.

Granny On A Cropduster

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Photo credit: silvervendetta/Imgur
Photo credit: silvervendetta/Imgur

Imgur user silvervendetta shared this incredible photo and had this to say about it. “Granny on the wing of my Dad’s cropduster plane. She did this a few times that I know of.” Wow, that’s a daredevil grandmother!

The Day Before Shipping Out

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Photo credit: aking25/Reddit
Photo credit: aking25/Reddit

Wow, what a hunky grandpa! Redditor aking25 posted this pic of their model-esque grandfather and wrote that this was the day before he shipped out with the Marines in 1941.

Loving Nurse

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Photo credit: orion12/Reddit
Photo credit: orion12/Reddit

Redditor orion12 sure loved their grandma and were kind enough to share this stunning picture of her in her days as a Naval nurse! What a stunner. They wrote, “Grandmother died last week, she was a naval nurse.” The photo is from WWII.

So Your Grandparents Had Horses Too?

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Photo credit: FutureMillionaire_/Reddit
Photo credit: FutureMillionaire_/Reddit

Did they look anything like this? We doubted it. Redditor FutureMillionaire_ says this photo is of their grandfather, who is “showing off one of the horses he trained for World War 1.” The picture was taken in 1921. That’s incredible.

Epic Swandive

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Photo credit: not_blinking/Reddit
Photo credit: not_blinking/Reddit

Posted by Reddit user not_blinking, this photo shows a now-grandfather taking an epic swan-dive off a building and into a lake, circa 1930. What is he, part merman or something?