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15+ Pics That Prove People in the Past Used to Age Faster Than They Do Today

Prepare yourself for a major trip to ancient times. We’re about to see great-grandparents in the late 1800s all the way up to parents hanging around in the 1970s. But looking back at some old photos, we can’t help but notice how much older people used to look for their age.

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To prove our theory, Bright Side gathered a handful of vintage photos with people who look much older than they actually are.

1. “This was my 18-year-old grandmother in 1945. She was awesome, and I miss her very much.”

2. “My father at age 25 — I think he looks super cool.”

3. “My dad, 23 years old, on a hairy day in 1976”

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4. “Here are my parents in Paris in 1956. They were in their very early twenties at the time.”

5. “My sister and me in the early ’90s, 8 and 9 years old. The 8-year-old me felt like a superstar.”

6. “My great-great-grandfather in 1878 — he was 21 years old.”

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7. “My mom looking fly in 1978 at 21 years old”

8. “Taken in 1889, my 3-times great-uncle was 21 years old in this cabinet card photograph.”

9. “My mom, roughly age 13, circa 1982”

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10. “Me at age 15 in my basement with my spikes”

11. “My grandparents, both 19 years old, in Poland, 1952”

12. “My grandmother celebrating her high school graduation in 1954”

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13. “My dad in the 1970s — he was a 16-year-old boy with a cocky smile.”

14. “My grandmother, about 13 years old, playing an evil queen in the school play”

15. “My uncle in 1971 at his senior prom”

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16. “My dad’s senior yearbook picture, 1976”

17. “My grandad in 1918, age 15”

18. “This is my great-grandmother in 1934. She was 15 or 16 in the pictures.”

What’s your favorite old photo of one of your relatives? Share it with us, we’d love to see it!

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