20 Pics That Prove People Aged Much Faster Back in the Day

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It’s always fun to look at photos from way back when since they serve as a capsule from another time, giving us an idea of how our grandparents used to live. But while flipping through those wonderful photos you found in the attic, you may have noticed that in those times, people looked a lot older than they do today.

Today, Bright Side is bringing you photos highlighting just how old people looked in the past.

1. “My Ukrainian grandmother in 1927 at 16 years old. I miss her dearly.”

2. “My grandfather, a Canadian soldier at 22 years old in 1940”

3. “My mom in her ‘peaches’ shirt in 1980 or 1981 at 23 or 24 years old”

4. “My 14-year-old grandfather riding his new bike in 1949 in Dayton, Ohio”

5. “Honeymoon, 1947 — my grandparents were 23 years old.”

6. “This is my grandpa when he was 21 years old in 1954.”

7. “This is a picture of my granddad on his first tractor in 1954 at the age of 15.”

8. “My 18-year-old grandmother, Concetta in 1945”

9. “My nana was 18 here, and she was cooler than I’ll ever be.”

10. “Here’s my grandfather, looking rather dapper in 1942. He was 18 years old at the time.”

11. My parents in 1979 in Amsterdam — they were 20 and 18 years old.

12. “A colorized photo of my paternal grandfather at 16 years old”

13. “My grandpa at 19 looking like an old school gangster”

14. “This is my grandma at age 16. She’s turning 80 this year. She makes me laugh every day. I love this woman!”

15. “My handsome man of a grandpa at 19 years old in 1940”

16. “My grandmother at 16 years old in Mexico”

17. “My mother at just 16 years old in 1952 had so much style.”

18. “My dad at 17 years old in Canada in 1974”

19. “My mom back in 1992 at 22 years old”

20. “My grandmother at 16 years old in 1917”

After seeing those photos, what do you think? Did people look older for their age back then? Do you have any photos of relatives that you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments!


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Some I definitely believe. Hairstyles and clothing has differed more between ages than it did in the past. Their faces may look more mature emotionally, but I wouldn’t say older. I think there’s definitely a slight difference in perceived age when photos are black and white or sepia. The affordability of cameras/cell phones with cameras has plenty to do with it as well. Photos were perhaps taken with more formal(than the current idea of “casual,” even if people wore button down shirts/suits or nicer/plainer dresses daily, even sometimes poorer classes still wore what we consider more formal today in some cultures/countries) Now we wear all kinds of clothes and photograph it. There were still “selfies” but we are more expected to take photos much more often than when it was simply self portraits by photographers. A small reason can also be based on what’s going on in the world, a person may have been thinner being a soldier or during times when certain foods were not available to the mass public. Not everyone could easily get milk and other rationed things that we take for granted now. My grandmother stood in very long lines to get milk for my mother and uncle during WWII. Ha- I didn’t have to over analyze. I could have just said wow. But the “aged much faster” isn’t exactly what I agree with.


That's just crazy to see, especially the 14 year old guy on his bike


I'm just glad I live in this time... getting old is already bad enough, imagine getting it earlier!


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