A picture says a thousand words, they say. Looking through old photos can bring a wave of different emotions— from joy to pangs of nostalgia— negative or positive. Some family photos also take you back in time and give you a glimpse of life before you were born.
Family photos are a great way to connect with one another and also preserve the knowledge of those before for those ahead. These photos might be adorable photos of your grandparent’s wedding, photos of you as a baby, your old house before your family moved, etc.
Here are some family photos that will have you in your feelings:
Grandma’s 1938 Senior Yearbook
A Reddit user shared a photo of their Grandmother Connie’s yearbook from senior year in 1938. The photo got up to thirty upvotes, and a commenter commended Connie’s handwriting— “Penmanship/Handwriting like that does not exist anymore! Beautiful,” they said.
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Christmas Then And Now
A Reddit user with the username @lanister77 posted Christmas photos from 25 years ago, side by side with a more recent one as a recreation of the first. The photo featured the user, her mom, and her sibling posing in front of a Christmas tree, wearing white sweaters in both photos.
1937 in Atlantic City
My Grandfather (Center) in Atlantic City in 1937. from OldSchoolCool
Another user shared a photo of their grandfather, flanked left and right by two other men— maybe friends. All three of them were dressed in neat, classy suit pieces and brimmed hats.
Photo Booth Pictures From The ‘90s
My son and I in the early 90s. We couldn‘t afford a camera, so we periodically went into a photobooth. from OldSchoolCool
A mom posted a black and white photo of herself in a photo booth with her little son in the ‘90s. “My son and I in the early 90s. We couldn‘t afford a camera, so we periodically went into a photo booth,” the user @askalottle wrote in the caption.
A ‘50s Christmas
This photo from the ‘50s looks straight out of a movie with the user’s grandmother and great-aunt dressed in matching clothes— a green top and red skirt. A Christmas tree with glowing tinsels was in the backdrop, and both ladies posed, exchanging gifts.
Celebrating Dad’s Birthday
He actually delivered me at home himself. We decided to reenact this moment, 21 years later 😂. Happy Birthday pops ✊🏽💪🏽🎊 #OG #BigBaller pic.twitter.com/AkKFkxN91g
— Almost 30 (@KingJosiah96) December 17, 2017
A user on Twitter celebrated his dad’s birth anniversary on Twitter with a then-and-now photo of himself and his dad. “He actually delivered me at home himself. We decided to reenact this moment, 21 years later. Happy Birthday pops,” the user captioned the side-by-side photos.
Rock Island With Gran, And Decades Later
My grandmother posing me on the end of the Rock Island Dam, TN, 1964 and then me in the same spot 2022. from PastAndPresentPics
Another Redditor posted a nostalgic photo of himself and his grandmother in 1964, side by side a photo of him on the same spot at the end of Rock Island dam, TN, in 2022.
First Day of First Grade
First Day of First Grade – Me and my Mom 1974 from OldSchoolCool
@moutainpilot on Reddit posted a throwback photo of himself and his mom on the way to school for the start of first grade in 1974.
Grandpa’s 77th Birthday
Another user posted a black and white photo of their grandparents’ in the ’60s, and a more recent photo of them during their grandfather’s 77th birthday.
My weight lifter great grandpa holding my grandpa over his head – 1947 from OldSchoolCool
This funny black and white photo from 1947 of a Redditor’s great-grandfather carrying his granddad in one hand and a filled-up crate in the other is one for the books.
A cute couple photo from 1998, and another showing the same couple in 2022, posted by Redditor @angrycookster. “With barely a wrinkle on either of you! Clearly you haven’t stressed each other out during the years and make an awesome couple! Congrats!” a pleased commenter wrote.
42 Years As An Obstetric Nurse
Just retired after 42 years as an obstetrical nurse, at the same hospital. Here I am at the start (1979) and end of my career! from OldSchoolCool
This nurse shared photos of the start of her career as an obstetric nurse in 1979, and the end of her career in 2021. “Just retired after 42 years as an obstetrical nurse, at the same hospital. Here I am at the start (1979) and end of my career!” she captioned the photo.