News, Culture & Society

Archived family photos spark discussion that young people aged ‘faster’ in the past

Old before their time! Families share snaps of grandparents who looked middle-aged as teenagers – and say it’s proof ‘people used to age faster’

  • Bored Panda rounded up a selection of vintage family photos spotted online 
  • Social media users claim they’re proof ‘people used to age faster’ 
  • Among the images is a grandmother with her first boyfriend, taken in 1954

With their perfectly coiffed hair and smart ensembles, the people in these photographs could easily be mistaken for middle-aged men and women. 

But the reality is that many of them are not yet even in their 20s.  

The stunning family photographs, collated in a gallery by Bored Panda, were shared on social media by users who say they’re proof ‘people used to age faster’. 

Among the collection of snaps is one taken in 1954 of a grandmother who at age 17, posed with her first love. Another captured in 1949, captures a grandfather at the age of 14 with his new bike in Ohio.

Smartly dressed: This Ukrainian woman, now a grandmother, is pictured aged 16 in 1927

Suits you! This young man, from an unknown location, was just 16 when this photo was taken

Suits you! This young man, from an unknown location, was just 16 when this photo was taken 

Teenage dreams: A 14-year-old riding his new bike in Dayton, Ohio, in 1949

Teenage dreams: A 14-year-old riding his new bike in Dayton, Ohio, in 1949

Glamour: A woman shared this photo of her grandmother aged 16, ahead of her 80th birthday

Glamour: A woman shared this photo of her grandmother aged 16, ahead of her 80th birthday 

Mammy's boy: A 17-year-old man with his mother at the races in Dublin in 1940

Mammy’s boy: A 17-year-old man with his mother at the races in Dublin in 1940

Serious: This woman, from an unknown location, was photographed at the age of 20

Serious: This woman, from an unknown location, was photographed at the age of 20 

First love: A grandmother with her first love in 1954, taken at the age of 17

First love: A grandmother with her first love in 1954, taken at the age of 17

Another photo taken in 1934, shows a 24-year-old woman who is now a grandmother dancing with a now grandfather

Another photo taken in 1934, shows a 24-year-old woman who is now a grandmother dancing with a now grandfather 

A woman whose grandmother was an airline stewardess in the sixties, shared a snap that featured in a newspaper when frogs escaped on a plane

A woman whose grandmother was an airline stewardess in the sixties, shared a snap that featured in a newspaper when frogs escaped on a plane

One person shared a photograph of their grandfather, taken when he was aged 32

One person shared a photograph of their grandfather, taken when he was aged 32

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


Comments are closed.