They realized their grandparents were cooler than them.


We asked you to send us photos of your cool grandparents when they were younger, and you gave us some great ones! Here are even more examples of your grandmas and grandpas being awesome back in their day. From grandmas posing with Ernest Hemingway and driving Volvos in the 1950s to grandfathers sledding in Antarctica, doing motorbike stunts, and even playing with their pet polar bears, this list by Bored Panda will make you question how you’re using your life. Don’t forget to vote for the coolest one!

1 Grandma sent me a picture of my grandpa at the same age as me to make me feel bad.

2 My great grandfather gave Albert Einstein violin lessons.

3 My grandparents wearing each other’s clothes in 1943.

4 A picture of my grandmother in the 1940s.

5 My granny on the wing of my dad’s cropduster plane. She did this a few times that I know of.

6 A picture of my grandmother that was next to her coffin at her funeral in the late 1960s or early 1970s.

7 My granny (nicknamed Kidd) wasn’t allowed to join the Air Force because she was a woman, so she taught young men to fly in Stephenville, Texas during World War II in the 1940s.

8 A picture of my grandfather the day before he shipped out with the Marines in 1941.

9 A photo of my grandmother right after she ran away from communistic Bulgaria to Germany in 1978.

10 A photo of my grandfather exiting his plane after getting shot down.

11 My grandma is amazing! In 1942, she was strong enough to raise six kids on her own after leaving an alcoholic husband. She worked seven days a week, starting at 3am and going until 5pm, as a cook in a gas station. I used to stay with her every weekend and sleep on the floor of the gas station.

12 My Grandfather is very eccentric.

13 My Grandfather liked to dress up in costumes before it became popular.

14 My grandpa in the 1950s was cool – he was holding a fish, smoking a cigarette, and had a book tucked into his pants with a cigarette pack in his sleeve.

15 My grandma smoked a cigarette on the farm in 1938. She wore pants and did whatever she wanted.

16 My Grandpa was really cool during World War II. He even stole a car from the Nazis!

17 I recently lost my grandmother to cancer and this will always be one of my favorite photos of her.

18 My grandmother met the Mercury 7 astronauts (John Glenn, Gus Grissom, and Alan Shepherd) on September 14th, 1959.

19 My great-grandfather posed with one of the horses he trained for World War One in Petawawa around 1922.

20 My great-great grandfather, a samurai from a coal mining town in Kyushu, posed for a picture with my grandmother and one of her sisters around the year 1900.

21 My great-grandmother worked as a welder during World War II.

22 My Grandfather passed away today. I want to let you know how amazing he was.

23 My Grandma recently died. My Grandpa sent me this picture to show me what a man looks like when he is in love. They were married for over 60 years.

24 If I could be even half as cool as my grandpa was on Memorial Day in 1960.

25 My great-grandpa Eddie was from Omaha in 1939.

26 My grandma would have been 97 years old on March 11th if she had been an air traffic controller.

27 My Grandfather’s daring dive, 1930

28 My Finnish grandfather in 1975, smoking a cigarette while holding a wild fox that he had become friends with.

29 This photo always makes me smile. Our 86-year-old grandmother when she was younger.

30 My grandma wore her flight attendant uniform in 1972 while she was modeling.

31 My great-grandmother was one of the first Indian women in the western US to own a car. She was driving it on April 7, 1916.

32 My grandmother passed away last week. She was a nurse in the Navy.

33 My favorite picture is of my grandparents in 1960 on a date.

34 It looks like my grandpa was a real badass!

35 Here’s a photo of my grandmother on her Harley in 1926.

36 Here’s my grandpa’s photo from the FBI Academy. He was a spy recruiter during the Cold War.

37 Here’s my grandmother modeling the three-point belt for Volvo in 1959.

38 Here’s the last photo in my grandparents’ wedding album from 1954.

39 Here’s a photo of my grandfather defusing a bomb on Martin Luther King’s porch. He was buried three years ago on MLK Day.

40 My grandma became 98 years old this week. Here she is in her nursing uniform from World War II.

41 My grandfather was a student during World War II. He saw Pearl Harbor happen in Hawaii, then he joined the military and fought on a gunboat at Iwo Jima, which was hit by enemy fire. He also surfed with famous people in Honolulu. Later, he was a barber for 60 years.

42 My Grandma and Ernest Hemingway had a conversation in Havana, Cuba in 1952.

43 My friend’s grandparents lived in California in the 1940s.

44 My grandmother in 1936 looked like Arya Stark.

45 In May 1945, weeks after American troops liberated my grandfather from a concentration camp in Landsberg, Germany, he stole a motorcycle from a Nazi. He had been in concentration camps in Poland and Germany for four years.

46 In 1947, just after World War II, my grandmother posed with Sultan, her favorite lion from her troop, in front of the plane she had flown.

47 My Grandfather won first place in the county beard contest in 1954 and his prize was a hat.

48 For a few years now I haven’t been able to call my Grandma on Mother’s Day, so I wanted to share this in her honor.

49 My Grandma was a total badass during World War Two in the 1940s.

50 Emma Hagen, my great grandmother, was a homesteader in North Dakota in the 1910s, so don’t mess with her!

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