Did people age faster in the past? People offer up pictures of their relatives looking DECADES older than their years in hilarious Twitter thread
- Brandon McCarthy, of California, asked whether people looked older in the past
- This led to people sharing old pictures of their parents in a funny Twitter thread
- In some snaps, 20-year-olds look like their in their forties or fifties
- One ‘grandmother’ is only 50, the age of actress and singer Jennifer Lopez
Age is just a number, but looking back at vintage pictures, one can only wonder why parents or grandparents seem so much older than us at the same age.
The debate was started by former baseball player Brandon McCarthy, of Glendale, California who asked Twitter why people seemed to look so much older than their years in decades gone by.
Users replied in the viral thread, which gathered more than 9,300 likes, with incredible pictures of their parents or grandparents showing that in the past, 20 and 30-year-olds seemed to look much older than they do now.
One man from Virginia revealed how his 45-year-old grandfather was frequently mistaken for his grandfather, due to his grey hair and bald patch.
Another shared a snap of his father from the ’70s, that made him look at least two decades older than his 21 years.
Brandon McCarthy, from California, asked people whether they agreed that young people looked older than they actually were in the past
Jared, of Franklin, Tennessee, shared a picture of his mustachioed father, taken around 1970, when he was only 21
Debbie, of Sherman Oaks, shared this snap of her parents, taken during her mother’s pregnancy when she and her father were about 23
In this family portrait taken in Los Angeles, the woman on the left side is in her mid-fifties. The man holding the child is 26
One of the thread’s participants explained his father (pictured) was only 45 when this picture was taken in 1973, but was mistaken for his grandfather regularly
This couple from Oakland are actually in their 40s in this throwback picture, according to their daughter
This woman’s daughter, from San Diego, explained her mother was 17 in this picture, taken in 1965
This handsome chap from Edgmond, Shropshire, who used to be a Royal marine, was 21 when this picture was taken
This couple of lovebirds were respectively 20 and 22 when this snap was taken, according to their child