August 11th, 2009

Bookend - Family Portrait

This family was one encyclopedia from getting it right.

(submitted by Sam)

87 Responses to “Bookend”

  1. lagrange says:

    hey, little dude, “Hef” called and he wants his smoking jacket back.

  2. Eddie says:

    “I am sixteen going on seventeen, doo doo doo…”

  3. Eddie says:

    “More bars in more places…”

  4. Jeff says:

    “Be sure to get our library of Readers Digest Condensed Books in the picture!”

  5. lagrange says:

    As usual, during that fateful, dreaded Thanksgiving get together, Marney decided that she would assemble the Mike Byron family for an “appropriate and suitable” family photo. (and they remembered not to bring “store brand” ice cream!)

  6. Em says:

    That kid with his hands in his blazer is a total bad a**.

  7. chickmunkey says:

    Man, i really love this pic. When I saw the clothes i immediately knew what year this was. I used to dress EXACTLY like the oldest daughter and in fact my eyes popped because I looked at her shoes and I had a pair very similar to them. Yes, good ole’ knee-hi’s, can’t beat’em can ya’?

    I bet their house was split ranch with a bow front window on a 1/2 acre. Reminds me of the old neighborhood.

    Those were the days, weren’t they?

  8. Joanne says:

    This is great! So 70′s! This family obviously loved earth tones and burnt orange! The little boy on the end is just too cute!!!

  9. ElGasu says:

    After the pic was taken, Dad slapped Junior for not growing quick enough.

  10. Tim says:

    Say what you want…little man on the end is stylin’ and profilin’!

    Right on, little dude! Don’t let the man get YOU down!!

  11. mjd says:

    Sweetest mustache on the planet ever PERIOD

  12. Marilee says:

    This could be ANY family photo op in the ’70′s. Mine included. I had a whole plaid outfit and when I wore it to school one day, another girl had the exact same outfit! I was SO embarrassed!
    All I can saw is ‘Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!!”

  13. FavaBean says:

    I think this stylish group was looking at the professional photog and this pic was snapped by an amateur. At least that would account for the inclusion of the little guy’s booster books.

  14. emm says:

    looks like some serious thought went into this one…

  15. sidekick says:

    Love it! and the encyclopedias remind me of endless hours of research at the library for school assignments because we did not have encycolpedias at home. Students have it so much better now…just “click” onto the internet and receive any information they need! The family in the photo would not have believed it if you tried to explain it to them…..

  16. sidekick says:

    I mean “we were groovin’ “

  17. Modine says:

    Outa sight! Far out! Groovy! Solid! I love this picture. It makes me nostalgiac for Jr High.

  18. Samantha says:

    Mom’s dress is almost back in style…almost.

  19. sidekick says:

    I was a teenager in the 70′s. We wore knee socks with everything from skirts to shorts. The more colors you had, the groovier you were. And believe me, were were groovin’

  20. julie says:

    I know about 10 high school kids who have mustached-boy’s hairstyle today! THe bang swish across the forehead is back!

  21. C B says:

    Not quite Awkwardian Era precision, but it’ll do. I love the 70′s!

  22. jennifer says:

    Mom’s plaid is my family’s tartan. Although it invokes pride- it is not attractive! We have lots of photos with all family members dressed in it. (shudder)

  23. Patty says:

    A few generations removed from the family in the ‘Awkwardian Era’ photograph? See what birth control has done to our world?! We have children that aren’t born every year in precise height order! The shame! Oh, the shame!

    I also love the ‘Reader’s Digest Abridged Collection’ books in the bookshelves…why read the whole darn thing when there’s The Digest to help you out?

  24. Dan says:

    I’m gonna call this pose the “Backwards Awkwardian.”

  25. Michelle says:

    The Von Trapp family before Maria showed up????

  26. Mags says:

    Laughed myself sick over this one. I could pull out a plethora of similar family photos. And like the above photo, none of us are smiling. What’s up with that? Were we really that miserable wearing our 70′s threads, man?

  27. killer kate says:

    Mom’s plaid romper deal is LEGIT!

  28. roachc420 says:

    This picture is far out!

  29. Pinky says:

    Is that plaid number a dress or a bathrobe? Could go either way.

    I also love the fact that there is someone (a family member?) outside of the frame who has attracted everyone’s gaze…

  30. mrschele says:

    More bars in more places.

  31. LilyC says:

    Their outfits even match the carpet. Love it!!!

  32. kisskaystar says:

    Smiling girl thinks ‘I managed to avoid both BROWN and ORANGE! It is a good day!’

  33. Emily says:

    This is a great pic. That little boy on the end is so cute! And I think it is funny that the kid two from the right has a mustache.

  34. Gregorian says:

    I love how the boy looks the most mature of the lot of ‘em.

    And I can’t help thinking that they are up to “You put your right hand in. You put your right hand out. You put your right hand in, and you shake it all about. You do the…”

  35. springjack says:

    This reminds me of an illustration showing the evolution of seventies hair. :)

  36. Wendy says:

    I think this is a cute picture. I love the older daughters outfit. Something like that would probably still be in fashion today. Moms makeup makes her look like she has a bruise though.

  37. grimey says:

    …and 2 short of the Brady bunch

  38. SweetPetunia says:

    I want to know which one is Sam in that picture. LOL Is it Pedro or the little guy on the books? ;-)

    • Sam says:

      Sam here…. the young “Hugh Hefner” on the left. The early seventies was awkward, but I think it woul be fun to go back. Will life ever again be so groovy?

  39. Michelle M says:

    This picture is groovy.

  40. KatieMB says:

    Thank goodness it’s not an email providing details about a road trip!

  41. Frank says:

    Did’nt this family have a variety show?

  42. Jimmy says:

    Vote for Pedro! @ 2nd guy from the right

  43. jnmcnally says:

    Now this is what belongs on an awkward family photos site. Even if it didn’t involve speed limits and campers.

    • Shakespeare? says:

      Yeah. And I sure don’t need to look at one more gorgeous person clustered around a baby. I mean C’MON!!

  44. Tara says:

    Lolzzzzzzzzzzzzz. I didn’t even notice the stack of books he’s standing on.

  45. ballfour says:

    It took me a few seconds to figure out the caption. Hilarious! They went to all that trouble…couldn’t they add on more book to even it all out?

  46. MMMMM, got to love those 70′s fashions!

  47. Cincoflex says:

    Wow, that Maxi of Mom’s should be declared a groove bomb!

  48. Susie says:

    This could be a 1970s picture of my family if there were one more boy. Maybe it was de rigeur to do pictures by height back then!

    The pattern of Mom’s dress is just tragic.

  49. mark says:

    The 70′s, The most awkward of all decades!!!! The only thing not awkward in this photo is that awesome kid on the books! He looks like he is a young Hugh Hefner in that jacket!

    • Maya B says:

      Who knew they made smoking jackets that small?

    • NoEntiende says:

      I’m guessing 1970 or 1971 — I had almost IDENTICAL striped pants in third grade around that time. I think that the seventies were awkward because the IDEA of fashion was to be free to express with color and pattern and details, with very little sublety. It was supposed to look free and easy and carefree, but for most people, including my family, it was far from it. The fabrics didn’t breath, everything fit TIGHT or SHORT, and the shoes were awful.

      I miss it.

      • MCR says:

        You nailed it–this had to be no later than ’71. By ’72, orange was on its way out as a fashion statement or floor covering, and by ’73, it was just an awkward reminder of Nixon’s first term.

      • Patty says:

        The touch, the feel of polyester, the fabric of our (70s) lives…

  50. Jessica says:

    I love everything about this photo! I love the little guy’s striped pants, I love Plaid jumper/dress lady’s brown blush that makes her face look kinda dirty. I love the idea of junior standing on books to fit in the picture, the failure of the person shooting the photo to zoom in so we don’t see said books and most of all, the brady bunch knee high socks.

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