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40 Times People Thought Their Grandparents Were Cooler Than Them

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These pictures show grandparents acting cool in their younger days. From grandmas chilling with Ernest Hemingway and modeling Volvos in the 1950s to grandfathers sledding through Antarctica, pulling off motorbike stunts, and even playing with their pet polar bears.

Check out the pictures below:

#1 Grandma Sent Me A Picture Of My Grandpa At My Age To Make Me Feel Like Shit

#2 My Grandparents Wearing Each Other’s Clothes, 1943

#3 My Great Grandfather Gave Einstein Violin Lessons

#4 My Grandmother, 1940s

#5 Granny On The Wing Of My Dad’s Cropduster Plane. She Did This A Few Times That I Know Of

#6 My Grandmother. This Picture Was Next To Her Coffin At Her Funeral (Late 60s Or Early 70s)

#7 My Grandfather The Day Before He Shipped Out With The Marines, 1941

#8 My Granny (Nicknamed Kidd) Wasn’t Allowed To Join The Air Force Because She Was A Woman. So She Taught Young Men To Fly In Stephenville, Texas During WW2 – 1940s

#9 Photo Of My Grandfather Exiting His Plane After Getting Shot Down

#10 My Grandmother Right After She Ran Away From Communistic Bulgaria To Germany (1978)

#11 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 3 Am – 5 Pm. I Would Stay Every Weekend With Her And Sleep On The Floor Of The Gas Station Back Then. She’s Amazing

#12 My Grandfather Was Into Cosplay Before It Was “The Thing To Do”

#13 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

#14 My Crazy Grandfather

#15 WW2 – My Badass Grandpa With A Car He Stole From Nazis

#16 My Grandma Smoking Her Cigarette On The Farm. Wearing Pants And Doing Whatever The Hell She Wanted, 1938

#17 My Great Grandfather Showing Off One Of The Horses He Trained For WW1 – Petawawa, ~1922

#18 I Recently Lost My Grandmother To Cancer. This Will Always Be One Of My Favorite Photo Of Her

#19 My Grandmother With Then-Mercury 7 Astronauts John Glenn, Gus Grissom, And Alan Shepherd (September 14th, 1959)

#20 My Grandfather Died Today. I Want To Tell You What A Fucking Badass He Was

#21 My Great Grandmother, Working As A Welder During WW2

#22 My Great-Great Grandfather, The Samurai Of A Small Coal Mining Town In Kyushu, Posing With My Grandmother And One Of Her Sisters ~1900

#23 My Finnish Grandfather Smoking A Cigarette And Holding A Wild Fox That He Befriended (Circa 1975)

#24 If I Could Only Be Half As Badass As My Grandfather This Memorial Day, Circa 1960

#25 My Great Grandpa Eddie. Omaha 1939

#26 My Grandma As An Air Traffic Controller. She Would Have Been 97 On 3/11

#27 My Grandma Modeling In Her Flight Attendant Uniform – 1972

#28 My Grandfather’s Badass Swandive, 1930

#29 This Photo Always Puts A Smile On My Face. Our 86-Year-Old Grandmother Back In The Day

#30 My Grandma Recently Passed. My Grandpa Sent Me This Picture So I Could Know What Man Looks Like When He Is In Love. They Were Married 60+ Years

#31 My Grandmother Demonstrating The Three-Point Belt As A Model For Volvo In 1959

#32 My Grandpa’s FBI Academy Photo. He Worked As A Spy Recruiter During The Cold War

#33 My Great-Grandmother In Her New Car. She Was Most Likely The First Indian Woman In The Western US To Own A Car (April 7, 1916)

#34 So Apparently My Grandpa Was A Badass

#35 My Grandmother On Her Harley In 1926

#36 Grandmother Died Last Week, She Was A Naval Nurse

#37 My Grandmother Turned 98 This Week. This Is Her In Her Full Nursing Uniform During WW2

#38 My Grandparents In 1960, On A Date. My Favorite Picture

#39 My Grandmother Looked Like Arya Stark In 1936

#40 My Friend’s Grandparents, California, 1940s