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.
My Paternal Grandfather Aged 16 Colourised
This Was My Grandad. He Was Australia’s Youngest Radio Announcer At 16 Back In 1934
My Grandmother, Age 16 (Mexico)
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!
My Grandmother At 24 In 1934, Dancing With My Grandfather.
My Grandmother At 16 Years Old In 1917
1945, My 18 Year Old Grandmother Concetta. She Was The Woman Who Taught Me How To Be A Sassy, Classy And Bad-Assy Woman.
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 : 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.
My Handsome Grandfather When He Was My Age (32).
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.
This Is My Grandmother In 1954 With Her Then Beau. Her First Love. She Was 17 Years Old
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!
My Grandma. You May Not Believe But She Was 13 In This Photo.
My Grandfather When He Joined The Navy In 1942. He Was Only 16 Years Old At The Time Of This Picture
My Mum And Dads Wedding Here In The UK . Mum Was 20 Dad 21
My Grandfather’s Ww2 Photograph, He Was 18 Years Old. Still Alive And Sharp As A Tack At 96.
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.
My 14 Year Old Grandfather Riding His New Bike In 1949 Dayton, Ohio
My 16 Year Old Grandmother, 1922
My Grandparents Getting Married In Iceland In 1976 At 19