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Family Portrait

Snapshot

“This is my family a few months before I was born. Deciding it would be cute to get a pre-me family portrait, they dragged my infant brother to a photo studio. Two hours and much bawling later, this was the best picture they got.”

(submitted by Hannah)

The Motel 5

“My Nana won a radio contest for a family portrait. The session ended up being held in a motel & Nana thought it would be a good idea to wear a strapless dress. Turns out that it looked she had no clothes and the girl in her lap (my aunt) has a devilish smile.”

(submitted by Bryttany)

Side Eye

“Over 60 years ago, my parents had a picture done professionally of my two older sisters and me. This was one of the ‘proofs’ they received. My two older sisters have now passed. I showed this to a friend who sent me one of your cards and suggested I send this to you. My middle sister had no idea why she had the ‘sideways’ eyes, but it has brought a lot of humor to our family for many years.”

(submitted by Mary)

Prairie Home Companions

“This is me when I was 2 1/2 yrs old and my sister was 5 yrs old. Our last name is really the Waltons and we loved to watch Little House on the Prairie as a family. Mom loved to sew and make matching outfits. This one by far was the most eye catching with the matching bonnets with the dresses.”

(submitted by Becky)

Thriller

“It was just your typical church directory picture from Olan Mills, until my son went to art school, enlarged it and superimposed Michael Jackson into it. This was featured in a school-wide Mother’s Day show with the title ‘My mother dated Michael Jackson.'”

(submitted by Donna)

Get Into The Groovy

“This was taken in the Fall of 1970.  My dad was studying for a PhD in Theatre, so he was taking a costuming class.  For some reason, he decided that it would be a good idea to make the family matching outfits.  Apparently, I was the only one brave enough to show my true feelings.”

(submitted by Milaka)

Almost A Muppet

“In the early 2000s I went to a photographer in Croatia. I was crying the whole time, so the photographer decided to give me this thing which made me even more sad.”

(submitted by IG @_.vaermina)

The Dental Photo Opp

“Our family went to the dentist. The man to the right is our dentist. Our little brother was still feeling the effects of the laughing gas and we all decided to take a picture.”

(submitted by Kate)

Clown Clan

“This family photo was from around 1980 and I am on the lower left. When I was a child my mother started clowning and we became a professional clown family. We went to hospitals, parades, birthdays, school carnivals, and even began a clown society that outlasted our participation in it. We actually have an entire exhibit dedicated to us at the Museum or Whimsy in Astoria, OR.”

(submitted by IG @g_hod_

The Reba

“My Reba McEntire hair-do and pre-braces teeth. 1996.”

(submitted by IG @madelinetopper