Thursday, September 13, 2007

Great Olan Mills photos

Total frickin' awesomeness from Olan Mills, Sears and other fine portrait studios.


Those glasses came free with a purchase of Brut cologne.


Thoughtful Lance. Mirthful Lance. Two sides of a delightful coin.


Drake won Bitchin'est Senior Mullet by a landslide.


That dude wore a tie for nothing.


The Purvis family made several stops along the Oregon Trail to document their six-month journey. This photo was taken just two weeks before the dysentery took Momma to Jesus.


I wanted a shot like this for my wedding. The Mrs. said no.


It's called a leisure suit, ladies and germs, and if you didn't have one in the early 70s, you were a big fat loser. Mine was teal. I wore it with a silk floral shirt and a long necklace with a football player pendant that we all got at that year's team banquet. I was THE MAN.


It's a vagina, madam, not a clown car.





Olan Mills backdrop #4: Bucolic Meadow with Split Rail Fence. Is that an animal carcass behind her?


Gene had always secretly wanted to lay hands on Chet


Picture day at the asylum


Butt-cut, wings and earmuffs. Classic 70s hair. And that shirt reeks of Chess King.


Oh, this is super. What better way to capture the charm and innocence of a child than to plunk him down amid the coarse trappings of a life lived in pursuit of wealth -- oversized bills, an adding machine and the Wall Street Journal -- and make him sit inside a briefcase? (They probably just fold up the little demon right in there to carry him home.) The finishing touch is the globe, which completes the portrait of the young Antichrist in Club Room vest and Red Goose loafers, plotting his takeover of the world (insert maniacal laugh). That is, as soon as someone changes his poopy diaper.


Bobbi isn't the first waitress to fall for her manager, but she and Dale both got fired from Sonny's.


Rejected Toby Keith album cover.


Just a typical afternoon down on the plantation. In a business suit. Y'know, for a budget meeting with the slaves.



This photo isn't discolored. The 70s really were that yellow.


And don't miss the First Presbyterian Players as they perform "Godspell" next Wednesday night in the Fellowship Hall. Childcare will be provided. Please bring a covered dish.


At the Southern Baptist Convention?




Olan Mills Backdrop #11: The Library, one of their most popular themes, as seen in this photo of the young Unabomber and his wife.


The Library might be more believable if the shelves weren't sloping downhill


Olan Mills is all about versatility. The simple addition of a column turns this generic plantation into Tara, where, apparently, someone opened a Hair Cuttery. (This Dorothy Hamill cut was very popular in 70s after Doro won Olympic gold. Both my sisters had the cut at different times. I did not -- although I did have a huge crush on Dorothy).


Patrick broke ranks and chose drag over the bow tie


You'd think Pearle Vision would throw in another two pairs for free.


Kenneth and his prom date


"The Damned"


I got a 20 that says he drives a Camaro.


Hiroshima, 1945. The last known photo of Kelli and SeƱor Loco.


The Brown family. From Beige-jing.


Someone spent money on this.


It's so cute when couples have matching hairdos


Talk about a third wheel...


Nothing says 1973 quite like denim and helmet hair


I'd hide my face, too, little girl


B-52's, the early years.


Pioneer Woman and her add-a-beads... distracted by the Blue Light Special announcement coming in over the K-Mart loudspeaker.

Got any bad portraits of your own? Olan Mills, Sears, Glamour Shots, Hot Shots, senior portraits? Send them in for possible inclusion in a new book of awesomely bad portraits to be published in the near future. listoftheday@yahoo.com

232 comments:

  1. I like laser eyes!

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  2. How old were you in that photo? 13? Looks like your college face (sans college hairdo), plopped on top of a prepubscent frame...with interestingly *large* mitts. ;)

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  3. Love the butt-cut!!!

    And I always love me some mullet juice!! Thanks for this one. I feel so hopeful about my day now! Whew!
    xoxo

    Vaniqua

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  4. Comedy gold! And I recognize you!!

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  5. 1980, baby. Some of us kept the 70's 'do long after we should've.

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  6. I graduated from high school in 1980. We did not know how precious the 70s were until we look back. This had me laughing.

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  7. These are awesome. Where in the world did you find these? And how many more bad one's got away.

    This really made me laugh!

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  8. they look fine to me...i've seen worse...thank goodness for wholesome family love

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  9. Wonderful, absolutely wonderful! My family has several photos with these backdrops --- I see them every Xmas!

    Thanks so much for posting these!

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  10. "Gorgotha" and "The Damned" had me wailing :D

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  11. i actually find many of these photos moving. love the crazy family one and the goth family one and the chihuahua woman.

    I find myself wishing I knew some of these people.

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  12. The best laugh all week. Thanks for the post.

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  13. I don't know which was better - the photos or the comments!! The sad part is that I wore some of that God-Awful 70's fashion. Oh well, at least I can laugh about it.

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  14. OMG! I laughed my a** off. Absolutely hilarious. Thank you for posting these.

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  15. Those Pearl Vision kids look like the creepy kids from that John Wyndham Book.....

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  16. Brilliant eyes. I like it coz I have the same.

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  17. I wonder what people are going to say about the way we look and dress in 30 years...

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  18. This is absolutely brilliant. Loved the captions.

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  19. Anyone notice that the woman in the red sweater (aka "Grapefruit smuggler") and the "chihuahua woman" are the same woman, red sweater being a later photo?

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  20. Oh my god these are hilarious... I laughed all the way through.

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  21. I've had anal sex with everyone in these photos.

    Yes, even the cat.

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  22. Our family has an uber-70s photo like these. I've got a bowl cut 'do and am wearing a plaid shirt with butterfly collar. Dad's in a denim shirt with thick rimmed glasses. Mom all in paisley with a frilly black collar. Gold chains a-plenty. We loved it so much we actually had a _painting_ made of it.

    Awesome.

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  23. God, this was funny. I dugg it!

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  24. "B52s, the early years" is a band known as "The Trailer Park Troubadours."

    They can be found at www.unhitched.com

    That is exactly the look they were trying for in that picture.

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  25. Dunno about anyone else, but I think I'd be rather pissed if I found my old pictures on a site and people making fun of them... lawsuit maybe? especially considering Olan Mills pictures are copyrighted

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  26. These? Oh, these are tears of joy. Thanks for making me laugh til I peed.

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  27. i want to take pictures like that!! LOLOLOL love the southern baptists!

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  28. Ha! The last photo? The laser eyes girl? She's The Pioneer Woman, of Confessions of a Pioneer Woman Blog fame! She's the only one I recognize, thank goodness.

    Pioneer Woman

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  29. "B-52's, the early years" is the band Antsy McClain and the Trailer Park Troubadours, a VERY good, yet somewhat twisted, group. Check the out at www.unhitched.com.

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  30. This was the funniest thing I've ever seen. At first I felt bad for these poor families, hopelessly trapped in bad pictures like they were enemies of Superman. But after about two seconds, I decided that it was very funny to laugh at these people, especially the ones who thought they were cool, but were proven by history to be quite lame instead. these pictures make me feel better about myself.

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  31. Ibod Catooga: Wow, that's impressive. All at once, or spread out over a few days?

    kristofer: Relax, dude. I'm in one of those pics myself. It's all in good fun. Besides, I think OM has bigger worries than copyright protection. Like how to take better photos.

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  32. Fred the cat's picture wasn't really taken at olan mills; it was in my office. I thought it looked like an olan mills portrait, so I tagged it. But we're all happy that it looked good enough to make the list.

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  33. I think I went to high school in Minnesota with "Drake" from photo #3. Thanks for the trip down Amnesia Lane.

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  34. OMG!!! These were great. I was howling the whole time. Thank you for a great laugh.

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  35. Many thanks to everyone for the nice comments.

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  36. I work in a portrait studio myself and feel that there are many portraits that I COULD send in to you that are this funny, but at the same time, that would be illegal. People still look like this in photos from time to time, believe me. I just wish I could keep all the photos of people I took with their eyes half-shut. Now those are funny. And these days, with the fastest cameras ever, they're a dime a dozen. Interestingly, that kid wrapped in the American flag, my company would not allow that to be printed, on account of the fact that it's unpatriotic. Flag can't touch the ground. How's that for a sense of humor?

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  37. i don't know you, but i love you for posting this. hilarious. i'm pretty sure i had a picture taken with my siblings in front of the library backdrop circa 1985.

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  38. The dude in the first picture is most likely R. Stevie Moore, underground cult music hero.

    See these two pictures:
    http://www.rsteviemoore.com/img1/gary77.jpg
    http://www.rsteviemoore.com/img1/gary77b.jpg

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  39. You must be well-fixed for Brut Cologne, given all the glasses.

    Nice layout of pix, Bub.

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  40. thats too much i cant take it
    where is my wolf shirt

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  41. These pictures look like the huge cork board wall of photos from my husband's house growing up. And to think, I went out with him again after seeing that wall on our first date! (the fact that the pictures were on a "cork board" wall was the first tip-off of their quality) I saw a lot of "better picture" potential in him!

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  42. I used to work for Olan Mills....this isn't the half of it! Seems totally archaic now, but back in the days before color photography, we would have to hand color each picture! You got to know these faces purty well.... (grin)

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  43. Such great entertainment. Thank you!!!

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  44. Budget meeting with the slaves is gold. GOLD!

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  45. Oh my God is that last one really Pioneer Woman?! It looks just like her! I love it!

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  46. Now that the tears of laughter have been wiped from my eyes I gotta ask "are we related?" LOL

    Of course who of us who grew up in the 70's didn't have that bowl over the head look courtesy of mom (becoming a mom does not automatically mean one suddenly becomes a talented hairdresser!).

    That was one of the funniest things I've seen in awhile. I can laugh because I am one of millions, like you, who possess photos not unlike these.

    Loved 'em!!

    Jess

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  47. What a great laugh to start '08! Knowing some "Olan Mills" of our family are hiding somewhere makes it even more hysterical. Thanks for the smiles.

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  48. You don't need a Hair-Cuttery to get a Dorothy Hamill. Scotch tape across the forhead will do just fine. Got a few of these photos with my turleneck and striped slacks on!

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  49. Wow! I am going to have to look at this again and again! Probably the highlight of my day!

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  50. This was hilarious! The oregon trail one and the dead carcass ones had me laughing out loud!

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  51. Does NO ONE think the one with the two guys with their shirts off is the weirdest freaking photo in the universe????? JESUS CRISTO! What the hell is going on there?

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  52. I saw these first on another site, that stole them from you, as they tend to do, and I must say, they are 100 times funnier on your site! I'm glad someone commented on that site and led me here! Nicely done!

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  53. Jeez--I also had a Dorothy Hamill hair cut! I had it when I took my senior class pictures. HA!

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  54. Holy crap - this just made my day.

    rock on,

    aitch

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  55. Thanks, everyone. I'm flattered and honored by all the nice comments.

    Thank you!

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  56. These were just priceless. Thanks for posting them, I just about peed myself laughing.

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  57. Ah yes. The smell of Brut and English Leather. Soap on a Rope anyone. The Camaro comment killed me.

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  58. Yes, I think I have half of these pictures in storage somewhere. I had the fear that as I went through the pictures I would run into one of mine!!!!!

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  59. I was so worried that as I scrolled down I was going to see one of my old photos! ha ha

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  60. I think most of us can relate to these... that's what made it fun for me. I could fill an entire post of godawful shots of me and my sisters, and you'd never stop laughing. But I'd be a dead man. My big sis would have my head on a plate.

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  61. So what's the problem with these pictures?
    High School class of 1971.
    'Those were the days my friends'

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  62. No idea. I think they're great.

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  63. Damn....that one that got removed was a good one too!! I saw it early today...lighten up, people....lol!

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  64. LOL, wow, now I remember my visits to the Bellevue, WA location. From waaay back in 1982, when I was 7...

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  65. This was so funny I had to put a link to it on my blog.

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  66. the picture with Gorgotha was classic. I saw it last week and laughed for 10 minutes straight. Too bad you had to take it off. Did Gorgotha herself object?

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  67. This was the best time I have had in weeks.

    I am sorry you had to edit some of your photos and comments! The Baptist Convention comment yesterday was side-splitting, and now it is merely hilarious.

    I gave you a linky-dink, too. pauleverettrickard.blogspot.com

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  68. Thanks, all.

    @Stan: Yes. And I suppose I cannot blame her.

    @Suzy: I changed that caption myself, thinking the new one was funnier.. (?)

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  69. I want GORGOTHA!

    BRING BACK GORGOTHA!!!

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  70. I can't get over how funny the family day at the asylum photo is. Those folks have quite a sense of humor!

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  71. Gotta LOVE the 70's ... I had helmet hair too! (least I had hair then!!!)

    Made me laugh - thanks!

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  72. Hysterical! We have a few photos from Olan Mills, but I don't think ours this bad, well maybe I should run and check! LOL! TFS! :)

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  73. Mmmmmm....I loves me some mullet! lmfao

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  74. I loved the post and linked to you from my site too. :)

    The Southern Baptist one was my fave - and I love the new caption you gave it. We had a "caption this" contest with the pic. The best caption?

    "Winners of the Log Cabin Republicans vacation package!"

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  75. Just found your HILARIOUS pictures through RICK AND BUBBA'S national radio show! I am now laughing AND crying at the same time. We've all got those wonderful pics and I'm going home at get mine out and have a few more laughs!! Thanks...

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  76. Oh God, that made me cry. BRILLIANT stuff. If I get caught and fired for laughing so loud, it'll be worth it.

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  77. Thanks, all. I truly appreciate the kind words.

    Keep coming back!

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  78. These made me laugh so hard. I love "The Damned".

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  79. @suzy.. thanks for the link!

    @j morgetron... Gorgotha was reburied, sorry.

    @bil browning... love it! much funnier than mine.

    @tink.. if you get fired for laughing, it's time for a new job anyway! =)

    cheers

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  80. Backdrop #4... that is an animal carcass. She skinned it and is sitting on the fur.

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  81. HILARIOUS!!!!!!!! THIS SITE IS A WORK OF PURE BRILLIANCE!

    I'M DATING MYSELF, LET ME LEAVE THE ROOM RIGHT NOW :) LOL

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  82. OMG - is picture #3 TONY ROMO
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA Looks like him

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  83. My dad's leisure suit was pale powder blue...wooeee! The photos were good, but the comments were even better.

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  84. A Boy In Love with Camaro GuyJanuary 7, 2008 at 10:01 PM

    I NEED Camaro guy in my bed NOW!! (wait, i mean, the way he looked back then.... hahaha).

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  85. I don't really get what's so funny about these pics.

    - fan of "That 70s Show"

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  86. "The 70s really were that yellow."

    We have 6 albums to attest to that!

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  87. brizzwizz, I'm with you. That pic of the shirtless guys is very messed up IMO. NO clue who in the vacinity thought that was a good idea at the time. Very confusing to me. But amusing.

    And All the others...HILLARIOUS! hahaha Great stuff!! HOPE to see more soon!!!

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  88. The picture this guy has on his blog in this link should also be on this list...

    Cool Guy

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  89. Am i the only one who has THREE family pictures that match some of the ones in this blog?

    I have the olan mills wagon wheel, the orangey/yellow seventies one, and the library. we were cool.

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  90. This was hysterical--thank you. I graduated in 82 and remember all of these looks. There needs to be the classic one of the chin resting on folded hands.

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  91. OMG! We were in the library in 1984! I think I graduated with some of these people.

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  92. MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your comments are GENIUS. I just peed my pants!!!!!!!! Thank you!! :)

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  93. A-PLUS HUMOR!!!

    Thanks for giving me a great start to my day lolololol

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  94. You are friggin' hilarious!

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  95. These are awesome, I have a few pics like these hahaha
    This is a great way to look down memory lane.

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  96. Okay, I just scraped myself off the floor - after having laughed so hard I rolled off my chair. You must be a writer on strike. Hilarious!

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  97. Good Gosh - helmet hair is making my tummy hurt from laughing so hard. hehe Love it! I'm a 75er and I have some of these myself. Dagnabit!

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  98. Good Gosh - helmet hair is making my tummy hurt from laughing so hard. hehe Love it! I'm a 75er and I have some of these myself. Dagnabit!

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  99. Speaking as a pro photographer, some of these are truly cringe worthy.

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  100. If you look carefully at the picture of "The Damned" you'll see "Lance" in the lower left hand corner. I LOLed when I saw that!

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  101. I haven't laughed this hard in a very long time. Thanks.

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  102. Thanks for the comments, everyone. I appreciate the kind words.

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  103. This made me crack up earlier in the day. Thanks for the link!

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  104. The CURRENT Olan Mills Gallery is as funny as this one

    http://www.olanmills.com/gallery.asp?category=family

    Amazing that they have come up with so many new horrible poses.

    Also, I'm sure they are happy that the majority of the Google results for "Olan Mills" now link back to this blog :-)

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  105. The couple with matching haircuts and three kids,the guy looks like Kurt Russell,and it's the same kids two pictures down with thw "helmet hair." Oh,this made me laugh so hard!Thanks!

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  106. I am a professional photographer and I have to say that if I actually released this kind of work I would fully expect to see it end up here. My husband sent me this (knowing how I love other people's duh moments in photography) and when I got to bucolic meadow I nearly split a seam. I was on my laptop at my mother's house and she and my step-dad were watching television. I absolutely burst into hysterical laughter and could not contain myself. Something about that bucolic meadow sent me into hyperventilation. Your comments are just nail-on-the-head perfect, man. Good for you. And, as for the complete jacka** that commented about a lawsuit earlier in the posts, Dude, do yourself a favor and have a colonic. You are outvoted. This is hilarious. We'd all contribute to support the man's legal team if that happened. My girlfriend is still laughing too and I'm pretty sure my mother will lose her breath laughing (after she picks herself off the floor). Because....in the 70's and 80's she had an annual contract with Olan Mills, a "family package" in which we all got our portraits done whether we liked it or not. Either we were the ugliest folk or they were the least talented photographers.

    God love you for putting this site up. I needed the inspiration.

    S

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  107. Please post more! I have not laughed like this forever!

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  108. I am not sure if it's the three drinks I had at lunch, but there were tears in my eyes at some point when I looked at these pics. Forget the ghetto or the deep South, this is America for fo' shizlle, yo!
    -Word to yo' mama

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  109. Truly excellent! I particularly like "It's a vagina, madam, not a clown car," which is simply a magnificent caption. Kudos.

    --nashtbrutusandshort
    Categorical Aperitif

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  110. Laughed outloud at Camaro comment

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  111. --and to think I ever wondered about life on other planets...

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  112. the damned...
    made me pee my pants

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  113. the denim and helmet heads look more like 1976 im thinking. darn attractive though

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  114. This. Is. Killing. Me. What a stellar group of photos, made me laugh aloud and wake my husband, who was asleep in the next room! I should post my mullet pictures from 1984. *grin*

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  115. The best internet reading I have done in a long time. I need to get out more!

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  116. this is the best laugh I have had in a long time!!!
    Thanks

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  117. Thanks everyone for the nice comments. I appreciate you all taking time to say you enjoyed the post.

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  118. I can't stop laughing. I've looked at them 4 times and laugh harder each time. I haven't laughed like this in a long time---very therapeutic! :-)

    The person who wrote the captions for the pics is a genious!

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  119. OmGoodness.

    This is the sole reason I find a way to weasel out of family photos every time my step mother brings them up.

    he he.....I needed that.

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  120. Ummmmm, where are the classic short shorts and tube socks photos???

    LMAO great post!!!

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  121. You totally posted a photo of my parents... LOL

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  122. Hilarious! We have the one with the library background...we are all wearing powder blue!! Oddly enough it was taken at a local bank by Olan Mills. Thanks for the great laughs and bringing back all the memories of yesteryear. I'd love to see some 80's photos with all the big hair and mullets and rat tails!

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  123. That was utterly amazing. Thanks for putting this together!

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  124. Just the laugh I needed to start the day! Thanks!!! :)

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  125. The kid with the globe and briefcase just screams a young Alex P Keaton to me.

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  126. I just pee'd myself.

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  127. OMG. I have to get some sleep as I have a car coming to take me to my weekly ride to the airport for my commute from Chicago to New Jersey. Have a had a crap of a weekend but thanks to good friends sending me this link I am LMAO. I got to get to sleep but it was too funny. Just when you thought it was safe to stop laughing I start up again. Hope I get it out of my head before I got to sleep but the Pearl Vision got me just to hard.

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  128. This might be one of the funniest things I've ever seen!!! ROFLMAO

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  129. ElasticwaistbandladyJanuary 14, 2008 at 8:19 AM

    So funny it made me chortle. :)

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  130. Some people call it a mullet, but my people know it as a SHVELBY.

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  131. I know the redhead in the last photo! I swear I do!

    Her name was AnneMarie, I think, and she was a year behind me in high school at B'ville High! She graduated in 87, methinks!

    Awesome!

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  132. I loved this! Thanks for the laugh.

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  133. My mom made me wear a leisure suit. The year was 1981.

    I'm still pissed.

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  134. fucking priceless. i love the "he wore a tie for nothing" one.

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  135. OK, I am at work,in tears trying to laugh quietly - that was funny!!!

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  136. FYI, some prude, loved this post so much that they started a FWD with selective pics with really dumbed down captions...sad.

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  137. I kept scrolling down hoping I wouldn't see my family portrait in there!

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  138. Wow. great post. I was recently given grief about my senior picture (class of '86). Well... let's say it didn't pass the test of time, and it belongsd in this post. Now I'm balding, so I needn't worry anymore... yay?

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  139. Its probably been said, but fat chick and thin guy, and there is no comment. nothing needs to be said... My favorite!

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  140. I have to know: Kevin-Lance and Jorge and the Damned. Who are they? The cast of MTV's Real World: Schenectady?

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  141. Made me laugh aloud too hard at work. Got looks from co-workers. Thanks.

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  142. I'm choosing to believe that you don't know these people, or at least ALL of them, right?? Man, best laugh of the day. SO funny.

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  143. Fabulous!!!! The third wheel had me peeing!!! Thanks for the laugh!

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  144. Next time, how about a spew alert, huh? Glad I had my Depends on. Thanks for taking me back to my childhood. Now, how about taking me back to The High School Years and find some '80's pics. Now *that* will be disturbing. Leg warmers, anyone?

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  145. I really wish to know the details of the "Talk about a third wheel" photo... Is she the luckiest young teen in the world, or are they her brothers? And if so...why are they shirtless?? LOL

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  146. You wore legwarmers, Jerry?
    I had pretty short hair through the 80s (Smoky Hill HS class of '89), but there were some girls whose senior pictures were 2/3 hair!

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  147. Sad thing is you know really bad pics are getting taken now too.

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  148. I love it all-I especially love the one with the shirt that was obviously from Chess King-I worked there in the late 80's-glad to know others still remember that store..Thanks for the laughs!

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  149. Thank you for a wonderful laugh!! I really miss the 70's, and now I know why. It was much simpler times then, wasn't it? Nothing quite like really bad photography to give ya a warm fuzzy.

    PattyMac

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  150. Love these pictures although I have to say I think I still see some of these people with the same hairstyles & clothes walking around in my town. Ha..ha..ha...

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  151. I was so afraid I was gonna arrow down and see my family photo in this group, whew, don't know how they missed us!

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  152. In the picture of "The damned" you don't just have "Lance" in the lower left corner -- you also have the OTHER guy (the one wearing the Great Wall of China t-shirt) in the lower right portion of that same "Damned" picture.

    WTF?

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  153. Great laughs! Wonderful captions! Thanks for sharing.

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  154. OMG - i have to about die laughing. The one of Pioneer Woman is my AUNT. It was a "glamour shot" she had taken back then!

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  155. how about this: i work for olan mills and the photo with the purple background with the larger woman and the tiny dog? i took it. over christmas season. hahahahahahah

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  156. More, I need more of this! I laughed so hard, I cried! Thanks for making me smile on a dreary day.

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  157. And to think that I was always so jealous as a kid because my parents didn't take us for posed photos... I see what I could have been in my hope chest then and my photo albums now.

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  158. This is truly classic and SOOOO worth all the laughter as tears roll down my cheeks here in my open office space... Thank goodness the higher-ups have all left for lunch!

    I haven't laughed so hard in a LOOOOONG time. I needed that!

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  159. is that Clay Aiken in the top left pic of the "Damned"? -haha!

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  160. I love that the clown car dad is wearing a BYU shirt.

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  161. Loved all of the pics and comments. I actually had some really bads shots of myself, then husband and my kids. Sooooo funny to read the comments! Great laugh :)

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  162. Made my mascara run.

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  163. My grandma still has these pictures on her wall!!!!!

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  164. Bucolic Meadow had me rolling!
    I graduated in '78...the Camaro guy unfortunately is who we would have thought was HOT!
    Please post more!

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  165. I was starting to think that my son found one of our pictures on here when he sent me this. Thank God I didn't see any, but some resemblence to many, but at least no damn mullets. Loved the clown car, must have been Catholic. All were a blast! Thanks.

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  166. Box contained loads of fun instead of random pics. would buy again. A++++++++

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  167. Wow! That was too funny! This will definitely be passed around!

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  168. i sent around the picture of Drake and had about half of my office convinced that it was my boss' senior picture!!!

    my raise for this year isn't feeling like a definite...but the calories burned from laughing almost make it worth it!

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  169. Oh my Gosh, I got this email at work and was scrolling down when I saw a familiar face. The ninth picture down of the guy and girl together I realized that I actually knew these people! I went to college with them and my coworkers cannot even believe I knew them. I am bringing my yearbook to prove it. What a laugh all day long!

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  170. DAMN. That was awesome. Thanks!

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  171. Great Photos from the archives! Awesome.

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  172. Wow -- thanks for the belly laughs! The photos are good (I imagine there's thousands of them out there, probably millions) but your captions are so perfect!!!!

    I will link to your blog on my own.

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  173. Hates her room mateJanuary 25, 2008 at 6:51 AM

    The funny thing, I live with a person who takes these photos, is that the companies who do this actually convince their employees that this is art. If by art you mean AWESOME CRAP TO LAUGH AT FOR YEARS TO COME then yes, I would have to agree. Ahh... I should be able to find funny current ones from california to post one day. *tear*

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  174. the sad thing is I'm lookin' at those girls and saying, 'Do I know her? She's lookin' hot...'

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  175. Reminds me of my High School yearbook except they weren't funny back then.

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  176. What's the deal with the two shirtless dudes? Are they brothers? Or is that unfortunate "third wheel" girl about to get the Buffalo Bill treatment?

    "Take that thing back to Baltimore"

    --KP

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  177. Absolutely hilarious! Wish I had something to contribute to this fun-fest! Sad to say, the Olan Mills photos were de rigeur back in the day. They used to line up around the block in my hometown when the Olan Mills guy came to town once a year. That means, most everyone I know has a bad shot a la Olan Mills in their photo albums. *LMAO*

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  178. The one about the third wheel was awesome! I just plugged you on my blog...nice job.

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  179. Poor Senor Loco. Poor Poor Senor Loco. *sniff

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  180. THese are awesome pictures! I wasn't even born in the 70-s but I think these picts are very cool.

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  181. What do you do for a living? You should be paid WELL for making us laugh so hard at ourselves. I was afraid I'd see myself. But the mullets have always been disgusting, even back then.

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  182. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    WOW. this is amazing

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  183. Holy crap, sniff, I haven't laughed this hard in a long time.

    And I agree with Linda S., really relieved my family's portrait isn't in here.

    Your cut lines are the best -- hysterical.

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  184. THese are awesome pictures! I wasn't even born in the 70-s but I think these picts are very cool

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  185. I had a horrible day and this really made me laugh. Really, really funny.

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  186. ROFLMBO... that's so hilarious... It's hard to pick a best one... wow

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  187. Oh, you have gotten my day off to a great start! This is priceless!

    My family was fond of the bucolic meadow...lots of pictures of me and my siblings there.

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  188. I'm embarrassed as hell for the human race ... !

    Great stuff.

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