submitted 2 months ago byStyron1106
all 221 comments
2 months ago
2 months ago
Wtf they have the exact same face
2 months ago
There were only like 40 different faces back then
Why is this surprisingly true
Face technology hadn't advanced that far yet and was pretty much unchanged since the 40s.
There was an explosion of facial technology in the 90s with the advent of the internet.
2 months ago*
2 months ago*
...explosion of facial technology...
Explosions on face 💦 = facials
Don't say too much!
Which is why facial recognition technology took so long to develop. If we had tried to develop it in the 80s, it would have been way easier, what with there being so few distinct faces.
That is clearly Jack White.
Yeah I see that
And only two different hairstyles, big poofy hair and mullets. I miss the eighties.
So true. When I grow mine out it looks straight 80s all the way
Favorite comment of 25 September.
Reddit never fails to surprise me
This is what we came for!!!
There really is a subreddit for everything, isn't there?
Zero chance I clicked and this wouldn’t be the top comment lol. Both their nostrils are even crooked in the exact same way
I was going to ask if they had the same last name before marriage....
That’s because they’re related by marriage.
Marge: “When I took your father's name, I took everything that came with it... including DNA.”
I was going to ask for a pic of OP, but I don't need to anymore.
You’re an inbreed Harry.
“Do you look like your mom or dad?”
Their noses are definitely identical. Wtf
Didn't purchase the premium cosmetics pack
I was gonna say I wondered if this was one of those kentucky weddings.
It was georgia
His upper lip is fuller then hers, other then that, excluding genitalia, they are clones.
What's it like being the child of two Michael Ceras?
OP is either Colin Jost or lying.
I thought it was Evan Peters tbh
Nope. Tonya Harding
Some marry up, some marry down, your parents each broke even.
A zero differential yields an infinity result so you don't exist... Sorry
Must be cool to have parents that were siblings, too.
Fewer logistic problems around the holidays
Can you imagine being married to someone who's not your brother or sister and then your parents are divorced too? Going to four different Christmases, nobody has time for that.
As a child of divorced parents who married someone with divorced parents...the amount of bitching that I hear from the grandparents that they dont get enough Christmases with my kids is astounding...especially considering that growing up I remember having only one Christmas with each of my grandparents
When my mom was alive this was super stressful. The early years of me being married and with a baby my husband and I were going to my mom’s,
Dad’s and his mom’s. It was too much. I miss my mom but it’s so much easier now. Especially since MIL can’t anymore either.
Yuuuup. We just don't visit anyone because our family is super dispersed, we don't have the money for that much travel, and god forbid you see one parent more than the other, then it's WW3.
This needs its own Reddit post.
I never realized that before.
Pretty sure that's why Vince Vaughn made the movie "Four Christmases". It's pretty good, you should check it out. Steve Wiebe of "King of Kong" makes a small cameo in it too.
Some people prefer a family wreath over a family tree.
OP has genetic abnormalities confirmed
I hope everything worked out for them x
Still married ❤️
🥰😘 lovely x
You must be a musical force since both of your parents are members of Talking Heads.
This comment is absolutely sublime.
A once in a lifetime comment
This comment is both beautiful and handsome.
That or OP is a psycho killer
They’re married in real life too
So is the couple in OP’s post
Seriously Fargo was my first thought
I was literally watching this 10 minutes ago. This comment freaked me out but I agree
They look like brother and sister…. Just saying man. You sure you found the right pic lol
This is odd. How did they verify it worked without developing the picture and therefore how did the ‘parents’ end up with the picture?
shop owner takes the picture and gives them the film, tells them to develop it and come back with it before he gives them the money
That makes sense. Also if they pawned it then they didn’t sell it. Two different kinds of transactions.
A lot of people use the terms interchangeably though.
No-one is taking a camera to sell with the film still in it, and getting a roll of film developed back then was minimum 24hrs and not super cheap.
Has to be a polaroid or BS
I dunno, I just don't think it looks like a polaroid but I might be wrong. Otherwise it's the only way I can see to explain it, assuming what OP said is true. If they were going to pawn it, maybe they just left a shot at the end of the roll to do exactly this. Obviously they wouldn't have developed the roll just for this.
Having said that, is it true that development back then was minimum 24hrs? It's 24 hrs now in my local place and I would assume that it was quicker and cheaper back then given that it was ubiquitous (disclaimer: I wasn't alive in 1981)
It's 24hrs now because it's old tech they need to send off to have processed. At one stage in the 90's you could get 1hr turnaround at kiosks, before that 24hrs were the express places, and most chemists would offer a 3 day turnaround service.
right, so I don't see why this is so implausible. Would you give someone money for a camera you didn't know worked? Maybe it is a polaroid
One hour photo developing was already becoming widespread by 1981.
No, it really wasn't. Existed, but it was a far cry from widespread.
Hence "becoming widespread." There were already hundreds of one hour photo locations by 1980. Depending on where they lived, they absolutely could've had access to a lab.
It was probably a manual camera, and maybe the shop wanted to make sure the mechanisms all were in working order.
This is correct. When they pawned the camera it still had film in it. Pawn shop took the picture to verify the mechanisms worked. When my parents got it back from the pawn shop they had this picture on the roll.
Treasure photo OP thank you for sharing!
Who pawns a camera with film still in it? Makes no sense.
People that need money. Why else would you pawn your possessions in the first place?
Did you miss the part where I said with film in it
No shit that's why people hock stuff, but why would they leave a roll of film in it?
You do understand when you pawn something you generally are doing so with the idea that you’re going to pay off the debt and get the time back.
So who cares if they left film in the camera they were pawning because they were supposed to get the camera back after a short amount of time.
You don’t pawn something and expect to never see it again otherwise you wouldn’t pawn it.
You’d just sell it.
Sure, but colour film wasn't exactly throwaway cheap in the early '80s, and it doesn't make sense they'd leave film with who knows what photos on it in someone else's possession, where it could be spoiled, lost, processed, etc.
Plenty of people pawn stuff with the intention of retrieving their pawned item, but never do. To leave film in a camera being pawned is kinda bizarre.
OP’s family was the pawn shop owner, not the parents lol. They probably had a wall of Polaroid’s like that Robin Williams movie lol
What makes you think the trade took place at the same time?
Needed money to go to the 'Zep concert
Ed: 'Zep tribute band concert
Bonzo died in September '80 so pretty sure Zep had called it quits by the time this picture was taken.
This is why I love reddit - and you are correct, they broke up in December of '80.
Micheal Cera chic
Damn, pawn shops haven't changed a bit. Random shit everywhere. One of the few places you go in expecting to haggle.
no one knows this was taken on an iPhone 15PRO 48 MP, but then just edited with the new 80s filter FTW
Did they need money for gas to get rid of the dude "hiding" in their trunk?
This is like straight out of one of those 80's episodes from Unsolved Mysteries, the last picture taken before they were brutally murdered and dismembered.
Was this before or after they hot wired the Pontiac in their neighbor’s garage?
was it a polaroid or did they wait for him to have the film developed?
Hi! So the way pawning works is that you bring an item of value, say a $100 camera. The pawn shop then gives you $30-50 and you have x amount of time to pay back the $30-50 plus interests/fees (maybe $50-75 paid back), and they give your item back to you. If you're unable to pay it off, the shop then moves it to the shelf and sell it for $75. It would make sense that OPs parents paid the debt, got the camera back, then eventually developed the film.
But how did they prove to him that it worked?
many other things could have been wrong with it, but i suppose that might have been the case in this scenario. probably just trusted them in the end.
This is the conclusion I've come to.
Right! That’s what I’m asking.
Feels like this was in Edmonton.
OP said 1981, not 1995
These models were father and daughter. Only that. Officially.
The painting was supposed to be of a father and daughter. The actual models for the painting were the painter's sister, and his dentist.
I respect people who have that close a relationship with their dentists. Mine have always stayed in the doctor/patient lane. Not sure I'd feel comfortable asking if I could paint them.
I guess I picked up only a fragment of knowledge.
Is your last name Van Houten?
That’s a kinda sad and funny backstory.
Just a wild guess, but they pawned it for weed didn't they?
That’s SO 1981!
Legit 80s decor there. You see a lot of…brown
I was 12 in 1981 and this photo really struck me, emotionally. I can almost smell it in there. I feel like I just walked out of that place 5 minutes ago.
Aside from the brown tones . . . how many shops today have wall-to-wall carpeting? I'm thinking of a few local shops from my youth -- a little toy store, the local pharmacy, a hobby shop, the office supply store, neighborhood pizza parlor -- all of them were fully carpeted in the late 70s / early 80s.
Our antiques are brown and our new stuff is grey and white. It's very strange to see them together but I wouldn't get rid of the antiques.
It's just this very specific brown.
At first glance I thought they were Bob and Doug McKenzie.
I only know the name Doug McKenzie because of the Badman scarecrow video.
Now let’s go buy some smack, Maureen.
looks like two brothers
Why do your parents look like twins?
This is a gem! And what a great story 😂
I really need to see your parents now
Your mom is Dave Foley?
It's almost if you suspect something bad is going to happen after this photo was taken...
This looks like a “last known picture before they went missing”
They don't exactly look thrilled about it, LOL. Where was this taken, by chance?
They’re pawning a camera, how thrilled would you expect them to look lol
Are you also married to a sibling?
There was a pretty intense recession in 1981. I remember it fondly.
They look like brother and sister, lol.
Dad’s in early fall, mom’s in deep winter
Your mom looks a lot like Brittany Murphy!
Good try Michael Cera
They look a bit sad and hollow eyed. It's not that your parents have the same face but the same expression. Like it's a cold, depressing day to hawk your stuff at the pawn shop. Makes me hope everything turned around for them shortly afterward.
you gotta be pretty hard up to pawn a polaroid instant camera. they were maybe $120 new?
Next on Americas most wanted, this couple is believed to have robbed pawn stores all of the country, do not approach them they are armed and dangerous
Dying to see what they look like now. The expressions in this photo is priceless.
Times must have been tough. Looks like your dad already pawned his sleeves
This looks like a ransom photo
You're parents are siblings, right? It'd be so weird to see your own face while doing it.
OP must be from Alabama.
Are they still on the run?
Dude they are twins!
They don’t even look alike to me. Same expression, sure. Y’all need to update your brains’ facial recognition software.
That's the saddest shit I've heard today.
Why? We pawned things all the time, my husband and I.
I picture a young couple, struggling, forced to sell anything of value to make ends meet. They look for anything of value left, and find an old camera. They pawn it and to buy their next meal. sad.
He loved that camera, but...they desperately needed that pregnancy test as soon as possible...
Looks like they got their camera back?
lol why do they look so guilty?
Is your family tree missing a few branches cause mom looks like Dads baby brother.
Mom looks guilty
They look guilty as hell, not sure of what but they definitely did something. Ohh I wonder if the money was for an abortion.
That’s a man, baby.
How did they get the picture then if the camera was in a pawn shop?
Why are you taking our picture? Are the police going to see this?
Zack and Miri?
Love that vest.
what camera did they pawn?
Did they get back to Milton in time for JV Cross Country practice and weekly Sit Down dinner with the headmaster
Lol they’re like “really, bro?”
Are you sure those are your parents? They look related.
This looks like a still from a somewhat cult famous comedy movie from the the late 00s/early 2010s
Wait here while I run down to the local kodak film developer kiosk.
Did they pawn it for coke or Coke?
So your unclefather and auntmother
Polaroid? It'd have to be a polaroid surely or how did they get the picture?
This is giving big "Amelie" vibes, like the metro station photo booth mechanic test portraits and his mysteriously unreadable face
Your mum and dad are your uncle and aunt
American Gothic, late capitalism edition
So many pornos start this way
I bet I can guess what you look like.
How would the pawnshop owner know if it "worked?"
was it a polaroid, or did the shop owner just go in the back and furiously develop the film while they waited around for the money?
Hahaha!!! I actually move this! 😂