Son of the Holy Roller.
(submitted by Amber)
Beautiful family. Wish I knew what era they were from.
The outfits seem so random yet oddly cohesive.
I’d pay for the back story on this one.
I agree, it’s so wrong that it’s right.
Isnn’t he Billy Ray, son a preacher man?
yes, he was. He was. OHHH. Yes he was.
This young missionary family let their zeal get out ahead of their ears. They heard that they were being sent to the palace to minister. With delusions of grandeur she prepared herself and her son for Buckingham. Dad got ready to go to the Taj Mahal. Their daughter snickered at them as she prepared for the move to Palace, Texas.
Had to read it the second time before I “‘got it”" then I nearly broke my monitor when I busted out laughing with a mouthful of 1/2 peanuts…and they hit the screen and nearly put out my eyes from the ricochet
[note dont read AFP laying on the couch with your laptop resting on your tummy]
Now you made me laugh out loud.
I guess Mom made drapes and had some fabric left over.
Washout color, a mix of 60s fashion with historical costuming and a questionable man of the cloth. OH NO! THIS IS AN ANDY MILLIGAN MOVIE! They will be cutting out their eyeballs with meat cleavers and setting each other on fire any moment. All that’s missing is a hunchback with a eyepatch.
What…all young ironic hipsters in 1970 hang out in Victorian collars……nothing awkward here……
What’s worse is that the cloak or whatever you want to call it looks like it was made from drapes. Most likely procured from the Von Trapp family’s attic. I haven’t seen a Nehru jacket in forever…thanks for bringing it back, AFP! And the hair-both my mom and MIL had variations of that style in the late 60′s and early 70′s. The Dad’s got a crazy two-toned thing going on there with the red smashed down banglike mass, and brown sides. This is an epic win on so many levels.
So many questions. Was this family on the cutting edge of 60′s fashion, or is the boy wearing a costume for something? Why is the kid’s cape flap pinned back — to show off the pantaloon things? Easier access to the fly? Those squares on the tops of the girl’s shoes — how did something so ugly become fashionable? Why was Dad’s hairstyle ever fashionable? What was he thinking? How many layers of poofiness can you cram into one set of curtains?
Is it just me or does the sister have FREAKISHLY long arms? I love Mom’s outfit; I would totally wear that today!
YES!! Those arms are completely weird!
These are the most progressive parents ever! “Dad – I like wearing gold lame!” “Oh, ok son, if that is what you want, your Mom & I will certainly support you.”
But my favorite spots of awkwardness are Dad’s bowl cut (mahvelous!) and Mom’s bouffant wig that looks like it is going to take off at any second.
I think sister’s shoes would go better with brother’s outfit
yes- the little boy should have on the pilgrim shoes. I think the mom is actually lookin pretty stylely. but what’s up with the backdrop? did they arrive at some cultish gala and all the attendees are photographed upon entry?
Gotta hear the story behind this one! At first I thought Halloween, but only the men were dressed up? Come on Amber, give us the background. Dad’s hair rocks!
I am loving all the comments! Okay, here’s what I know. The little boy pictured is my second cousin. I submitted the photo, so I am typing to you from a safe place where he can’t find me!
Definitely late 60s/early 70s. No Brits here, just you’re average American/Italian family in good old Pennsylvania.
This was one of about 5 family portraits taken that day, so I can assure you it’s not Halloween. I about fell out of my chair when I came across it, and I too am curious to hear what these outfits were all about. Hopefully when my cousin gets the link I sent him, he can help us all figure it out!
*Please* find out what is going on here!! I am so curious!
To the owner of this Awkward Family Photo: Please, PLEASE can we have the backstory? PLEASE?????
What the what is going on here? I don’t even know where to start. Thank you to those who pointed out the Nehru jacket – I immediate thought “priest,” and that just added confusion to what is already a baffling scene. Can’t….move…picture…too….confusing…
It’s Little Lord Fauntleroy. A classic children’s tale.
I am hoping that little boy was about to perform in play of some sort, because that outfit would be awkward even on Halloween even circa late 60′s early 70′s.
I think you’re shagedelic, baby! Yeah! Do I make you randy? Do I?
I like the little girl’s pos-pilgrim era shoe buckles.
Oh my. I think the only part about this picture that is remotely normal is that…they’re all people.
I want to hear a story behind this one, too. I LOVE it.
I don’t know what the story is but if it were a movie, I’d go see it.
Sometimes, when I open this sight, I am in the act of swallowing and I almost choke myself. This is one of the ones that I touched death with!
They each seem pleased with their individual looks. But as a group, the picture is really bizarre!
The Golden Child is amazing. The Nehru jacket is priceless. But the real star of this photo is the very impressive comb-over Dad is sporting! Now that is a beauty!! LOL
I am so confused.
“Berrys and Cream Berrys and Cream I am going to get me some Berrys and cream.” The early years were the hardest.
Margaret could handle Bob dressing as a priest on occassion, but now Timmy as Little Lord Fontleroy? This “role playing” had gone too far…
LOL, I think I snorted when I laughed.
Holy Crap! At first I thought he was some kink of British ‘Mod” Minister or something that actually was allowed t marry. If not, that means he wore that jacket on PURPOSE, makes it all the more awkward.
No way is this British.
Where is the boy’s left hand?
“Oh, I wish I could take the credit, but he gets his fashion sense from his father.”
I love this!
Fancy dress party?
The boy was probably in a play and they took a family photo before leaving the house. You don’t get all dressed up like that and miss a chance for embarrassment the rest of your life.
“Aw Mom, not the golden, raw silk pantaloons with the Elizabethan collar again!”
I’ll bet they’re British.
Love it. What’s even more awkward that the little boy dressed as the White Rabbit or something? Dad’s hair!
This one cries out for a story.
If I DON’T have an explanation for this, I will die.
Me too! I keep checking back in the comments to see if the story is posted!
OMG, what is with the medieval looking gold clown/jester costume? And the little girl’s pilgrim shoes? Not sure what kind of look they were all going for…and is that a priest with a medal around his neck? This is all very disconcerting – hilarious – but disconcerting.
That is exactly what I was thinking!!!
Shortly after Maria finished making the Von Trapp children’s play clothes from her bedroom curtains, the eighth, lesser known child, Lars, ran away and was adopted by the local vicar and his family.
BAHAHA! I just scared my coworkers laughing.
Oh my gosh, I just hurt myself snorting.
i feel like there are a lot of bizarre things going on in this photo…
I gotta know the story behind this photo.
definitely… toooo weird.
Oh my! This is weird on sooo many levels! I remember the Nehru jackets. Dad has certainly topped his off w/ a huge chain. Okay, so Mom & Sis were stylish for the late 60′s early 70′s-BUT, what the heck is with the little boy?? Was he supposed to be a Prince? He doesn’t look upset or anything…go figure.
That’s a Nehru jacket, not a priest’s collar.
he is a Lutheran Pastor, you can tell by the Pectoral Luther Rose, that and the way his wife has dresses the kids.
Sarah is correct – he is a Lutheran minister. They DO wear clerical collars and black suits. In the 70s, few Lutheran pastors wore pectoral crosses because they didn’t want to be confused with Episcopal priests, but doing without made them look Roman (Heaven forbid!) so the Rose was a valid compromise. (Beats me, but my mom was Lutheran and my dad was an Episcopal priest, so I do know that much.) However, it is much larger than most I’ve seen.
That much business out of the way, I haven’t a clue what the deal is with the gold lame suit. One idea is that he was in a school play (the Lutheran church has a LOT of schools) so maybe he was showing off his costume. Everybody seems happy and proud, so maybe he was the star of the show.
And, yeah, Dad’s combover is, um, um, impressive. That’s the word – impressive!
Hmmm, lifelong Lutheran here, and have never had a pastor who wore anything like that chain he’s got going. Just sayin’.
I honestly can’t tell if this family is British, Egyptian, French, or Scottish.
Sooooooo, this is what the Burger King looked like as a child. Before he grew into the creepy plastic face. lol
Hahahha! Now that’s funny!
Best comment ever!!!!!
LOL!! You nailed it. He really does look the BK King. By the way, mom’s skirt is suprisingly short for a preacher’s wife.
haha, good one!!
LoL good one…
LAMO!!!! Its nice that dad and the boy that would be known as the burger king have the same hair cut.
I had to google the Burger King to compare, I them proceeded to laugh for 3 minutes straight. The gold, tights, shoes, it really does look like him! Awesome.
Love the Nehru suit with chain. Guess the little guy was dressed like Little Boy Gold. Gotta remember this may have been during the Beatles revolution…
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