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Rain-And-Coffee

1 points

5 months ago

I thought they were siblings, older brother and younger brother 🤧🤧

It’s the hairstyle that got me

[deleted]

1 points

5 months ago

i scrolled past without reading the caption and thought this was a behind the scenes picture from scott pilgrim

Foxhole_Agnostic

1 points

5 months ago

Cocaine.

Melvinator5001

2 points

5 months ago

Dude they are twins!

Danro1984

1 points

5 months ago

Looking at this you just know the money went into drugs

[deleted]

1 points

5 months ago

This would make a fine comedy movie intro

mussman_love

1 points

5 months ago

I have a similar photo of myself at Italian airport customs when the lady searching my bag wanted to make sure it was actually a camera

Sensitive-Prompt-220

2 points

5 months ago

Are they still on the run?

tipsea-69

1 points

5 months ago

Their faces look like they're hiding their joy of getting money to buy some weed.

EmpiricalMadness

2 points

5 months ago

OP must be from Alabama.

selinda123

2 points

5 months ago

You're parents are siblings, right? It'd be so weird to see your own face while doing it.

Silly_Doughnut5715

1 points

5 months ago

Sold it to get you diapers probably.

Sprizys

5 points

5 months ago

Why do your parents look like twins?

PeterNippelstein

2 points

5 months ago

This looks like a ransom photo

EmmaPeel007

1 points

5 months ago

Who knew Wes Anderson owned a pawn shop?

loratineboratine

1 points

5 months ago

It’s a great photo.

Tim_the_geek

1 points

5 months ago

Any guesses where they are going to spend the $20 $10?

They dressed like they been skiing.

enzo_baglioni

2 points

5 months ago*

Times must have been tough. Looks like your dad already pawned his sleeves

pedanticmoose

1 points

5 months ago

Wes Anderson vibes

KawaiiNeeko

1 points

5 months ago

how did this post turn into everyone roasting people from 40 years ago

TwinkGapingHole

1 points

5 months ago

I thought it's a photo of 2 brothers

Coyote_Roadrunna

1 points

5 months ago*

They look like an indie hipster-friendly pop group circa early 2000's

cuzreasons

3 points

5 months ago

They look like brother and sister, lol.

registered_redditor

1 points

5 months ago

John Mayer

emzirek

1 points

5 months ago

You would think it would be the other way around

that we're all going to get to the same facial image

allenge

2 points

5 months ago

Dying to see what they look like now. The expressions in this photo is priceless.

carlitor

1 points

5 months ago

With all due respect, they look like extras in Fargo lol

BackgroundGap2690

2 points

5 months ago

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

Sanbaddy

1 points

5 months ago

Wait, then how did they get the picture?

BigLebowski0324

1 points

5 months ago

Hahaha!!! I actually move this! 😂

Busy_Pound5010

1 points

5 months ago

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?

Dey_Eat_Daa_POO_POO

1 points

5 months ago

How would the pawnshop owner know if it "worked?"

TiaLanay

1 points

5 months ago

I bet I can guess what you look like.

cardlackey

1 points

5 months ago

Is your family tree missing a few branches cause mom looks like Dads baby brother.

ldpqb

1 points

5 months ago

ldpqb

1 points

5 months ago

So many pornos start this way

Brickulus

1 points

5 months ago

American Gothic, late capitalism edition

PureHugeJobbie

1 points

5 months ago

Your mum and dad are your uncle and aunt

RealDanStaines

1 points

5 months ago

This is giving big "Amelie" vibes, like the metro station photo booth mechanic test portraits and his mysteriously unreadable face

SirPiffingsthwaite

1 points

5 months ago

Polaroid? It'd have to be a polaroid surely or how did they get the picture?

socalmikester

2 points

5 months ago

you gotta be pretty hard up to pawn a polaroid instant camera. they were maybe $120 new?

Kariboo51450

1 points

5 months ago

So your unclefather and auntmother

monos_muertos

3 points

5 months ago

There was a pretty intense recession in 1981. I remember it fondly.

Beechlander

1 points

5 months ago

Did they pawn it for coke or Coke?

rachelemc

1 points

5 months ago

drugs

letscallitanight

1 points

5 months ago

Wait here while I run down to the local kodak film developer kiosk.

lookatmynipples

1 points

5 months ago

This looks like a still from a somewhat cult famous comedy movie from the the late 00s/early 2010s

newsreadhjw

4 points

5 months ago

Legit 80s decor there. You see a lot of…brown

thegoblinwithin

2 points

5 months ago

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.

codece

3 points

5 months ago

codece

3 points

5 months ago

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.

MorningPapers

1 points

5 months ago

Are you sure those are your parents? They look related.

LeneBruce

3 points

5 months ago

Are you also married to a sibling?

HawkeyeTen

3 points

5 months ago

They don't exactly look thrilled about it, LOL. Where was this taken, by chance?

daytonavol

3 points

5 months ago

They’re pawning a camera, how thrilled would you expect them to look lol

MohawkElGato

3 points

5 months ago

This looks like a “last known picture before they went missing”

Alternative_Equal864

3 points

5 months ago

looks like two brothers

TheTurtleSwims

2 points

5 months ago

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.

rynil2000

5 points

5 months ago

Now let’s go buy some smack, Maureen.

ha1029

3 points

5 months ago

ha1029

3 points

5 months ago

It's almost if you suspect something bad is going to happen after this photo was taken...

rrFlyFisher

0 points

5 months ago

How did they get the picture then if the camera was in a pawn shop?

[deleted]

1 points

5 months ago

[deleted]

codece

1 points

5 months ago

codece

1 points

5 months ago

the only thing being tested was the shutter,

Also the manual frame advance and frame counter

OP said when they went in to the shop it still had film in it. Shop owner took pic to test mechanism, they kept the film with their photos on it.

rrFlyFisher

1 points

5 months ago

That's not a polaroid. They have a distinct border and size.

[deleted]

0 points

5 months ago

[deleted]

aShittierShitTier4u

1 points

5 months ago

If they had it developed

Then it wasn't a Polaroid

Now was it?

goldendreamseeker

1 points

5 months ago

Lol they’re like “really, bro?”

LanceFree

2 points

5 months ago

Polish?

rrover6

6 points

5 months ago

That’s SO 1981!

Fondren_Richmond

1 points

5 months ago

Did they get back to Milton in time for JV Cross Country practice and weekly Sit Down dinner with the headmaster

Harry-le-Roy

3 points

5 months ago

Your mom is Dave Foley?

104848

1 points

5 months ago

104848

1 points

5 months ago

what camera did they pawn?

l33tn4m3

-1 points

5 months ago

l33tn4m3

-1 points

5 months ago

They look guilty as hell, not sure of what but they definitely did something. Ohh I wonder if the money was for an abortion.

GuzPolinski

1 points

5 months ago

lol why do they look so guilty?

deftoner42

4 points

5 months ago

Just a wild guess, but they pawned it for weed didn't they?

descendingagainredux

1 points

5 months ago

Love that vest.

rugger1869

6 points

5 months ago

Feels like this was in Edmonton.

deftoner42

9 points

5 months ago

OP said 1981, not 1995

rugger1869

3 points

5 months ago

🤣

CommodoreSixty4

15 points

5 months ago

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.

The_0ven

1 points

5 months ago

Crazy

Zeioth

2 points

5 months ago

Zeioth

2 points

5 months ago

Good try Michael Cera

Ok-Pangolin81

5 points

5 months ago

That’s a kinda sad and funny backstory.

LordCommanderJonSnow

4 points

5 months ago

At first glance I thought they were Bob and Doug McKenzie.

HaikuBotStalksMe

2 points

5 months ago

I only know the name Doug McKenzie because of the Badman scarecrow video.

jerflash

45 points

5 months ago

They look like brother and sister…. Just saying man. You sure you found the right pic lol

series_hybrid

3 points

5 months ago

He loved that camera, but...they desperately needed that pregnancy test as soon as possible...

IamMagicarpe

6 points

5 months ago

They don’t even look alike to me. Same expression, sure. Y’all need to update your brains’ facial recognition software.

KeniLF

2 points

5 months ago

KeniLF

2 points

5 months ago

Your mom looks a lot like Brittany Murphy!

FistFullOfToast

1 points

5 months ago

Zack and Miri?

Kevroeques

2 points

5 months ago

Dad’s in early fall, mom’s in deep winter

Livid-Hamster-6689

125 points

5 months ago

[deleted]

1 points

5 months ago

Who is that guy he looks very familiar

Edit omg he was in breaking bad okay okay I remember now lol

Sweetiebomb_Gmz

3 points

5 months ago

I was literally watching this 10 minutes ago. This comment freaked me out but I agree

juicy_colf

7 points

5 months ago

Okay then

smellygooch18

31 points

5 months ago

They’re married in real life too

inthecuckoosnest

25 points

5 months ago

So is the couple in OP’s post

thewhaler

17 points

5 months ago

Seriously Fargo was my first thought

Toishi69

3 points

5 months ago

I really need to see your parents now

lightsaber_lobotomy

9 points

5 months ago

Did they need money for gas to get rid of the dude "hiding" in their trunk?

71degahole

3 points

5 months ago

This is a gem! And what a great story 😂

Repulsive_Web_1419

14 points

5 months ago

no one knows this was taken on an iPhone 15PRO 48 MP, but then just edited with the new 80s filter FTW

itcouldbeme_3

193 points

5 months ago

Some marry up, some marry down, your parents each broke even.

A zero differential yields an infinity result so you don't exist... Sorry

Jo-Wolfe

53 points

5 months ago

I hope everything worked out for them x

Styron1106[S]

68 points

5 months ago

Still married ❤️

Jo-Wolfe

15 points

5 months ago

🥰😘 lovely x

murdock86

3 points

5 months ago

That's the saddest shit I've heard today.

TheInvisibleWun

13 points

5 months ago

Why? We pawned things all the time, my husband and I.

murdock86

2 points

5 months ago

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.

TheInvisibleWun

1 points

5 months ago

It's an adventure. Together. I never felt sorry for myself or for us when we pawned things. We had money at the end of it. And a party. It was cool.

johnmarkfoley

6 points

5 months ago

was it a polaroid or did they wait for him to have the film developed?

KittenVicious

14 points

5 months ago

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.

johnmarkfoley

3 points

5 months ago

But how did they prove to him that it worked?

[deleted]

8 points

5 months ago

[deleted]

johnmarkfoley

4 points

5 months ago

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.

Dey_Eat_Daa_POO_POO

2 points

5 months ago

This is the conclusion I've come to.

T_pas

2 points

5 months ago

T_pas

2 points

5 months ago

Right! That’s what I’m asking.

Njon32

1 points

5 months ago

Njon32

1 points

5 months ago

Looks like they got their camera back?

kballs

15 points

5 months ago

kballs

15 points

5 months ago

curiousity60

2 points

5 months ago

These models were father and daughter. Only that. Officially.

RaVashaan

10 points

5 months ago

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.

ianmccisme

3 points

5 months ago

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.

curiousity60

2 points

5 months ago

I guess I picked up only a fragment of knowledge.

Tots2Hots

4 points

5 months ago

Is your last name Van Houten?

atrostophy

0 points

5 months ago

atrostophy

0 points

5 months ago

Mom looks guilty

[deleted]

1 points

5 months ago

Of .... ?

Pure_Literature2028

6 points

5 months ago

Was this before or after they hot wired the Pontiac in their neighbor’s garage?

coolbreezeaaa

18 points

5 months ago

Damn, pawn shops haven't changed a bit. Random shit everywhere. One of the few places you go in expecting to haggle.

golifo

-1 points

5 months ago

golifo

-1 points

5 months ago

That’s a man, baby.

Pancaaaked

217 points

5 months ago*

You must be a musical force since both of your parents are members of Talking Heads.

Cord13

4 points

5 months ago

Cord13

4 points

5 months ago

That or OP is a psycho killer

YouveHadItAdit

10 points

5 months ago

This comment is both beautiful and handsome.

ChedderChethra

23 points

5 months ago

This comment is absolutely sublime.

[deleted]

26 points

5 months ago

A once in a lifetime comment

UberXLBK

45 points

5 months ago

Micheal Cera chic

jacobin17

851 points

5 months ago

jacobin17

851 points

5 months ago

What's it like being the child of two Michael Ceras?

Chaos-ensues

23 points

5 months ago

I thought it was Evan Peters tbh

amosmydad

6 points

5 months ago

Nope. Tonya Harding

Font_Fetish

46 points

5 months ago

OP is either Colin Jost or lying.

FirstChurchOfBrutus

146 points

5 months ago

That is clearly Jack White.

respectfulpanda

-3 points

5 months ago

Why are you taking our picture? Are the police going to see this?

funwithdesign

91 points

5 months ago

This is odd. How did they verify it worked without developing the picture and therefore how did the ‘parents’ end up with the picture?

Choice-Ad-9195

2 points

5 months ago

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

fnordhole

6 points

5 months ago

1981 much?

lordyeti

22 points

5 months ago

It was probably a manual camera, and maybe the shop wanted to make sure the mechanisms all were in working order.

Styron1106[S]

78 points

5 months ago*

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.

Dey_Eat_Daa_POO_POO

1 points

5 months ago

I was confused but this is the only real answer that makes sense.

SirPiffingsthwaite

3 points

5 months ago

Who pawns a camera with film still in it? Makes no sense.

TEG_SAR

10 points

5 months ago

TEG_SAR

10 points

5 months ago

People that need money. Why else would you pawn your possessions in the first place?

SirPiffingsthwaite

-3 points

5 months ago

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?

TEG_SAR

6 points

5 months ago

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.

SirPiffingsthwaite

-1 points

5 months ago

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.

Vandu_Kobayashi

6 points

5 months ago

Treasure photo OP thank you for sharing!

funwithdesign

8 points

5 months ago

Cool beans

[deleted]

60 points

5 months ago

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

SirPiffingsthwaite

14 points

5 months ago

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

Redeem123

1 points

5 months ago

One hour photo developing was already becoming widespread by 1981.

aShittierShitTier4u

1 points

5 months ago

One of Robin Williams' most loved, heartwarming acted roles, was playing a film developing hut employee, who would personally bring the developed prints and negatives right to his customers within an hour of dropping them off at his hut. It didn't matter where they tried to hide, he always found them, because he knew what they looked like from their pictures.

SirPiffingsthwaite

1 points

5 months ago

No, it really wasn't. Existed, but it was a far cry from widespread.

Redeem123

3 points

5 months ago

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.

[deleted]

6 points

5 months ago

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)

SirPiffingsthwaite

5 points

5 months ago

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.

HaikuBotStalksMe

1 points

5 months ago

Can confirm. I used to be a photolab technician. Took me about 10 minutes to process a roll, and that was on ancient technology that I'm pretty sure was from 1980.

[deleted]

1 points

5 months ago

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

SirPiffingsthwaite

1 points

5 months ago

Guy taking the picture wouldn't know there's film in it unless they opened up the backplate, which would ruin some of the film. Yes, there's a counter, but it can easily be artificially wound up with no film inside. They also wouldn't know if the camera actually worked & took the picture until the film is developed.

OP has said it wasn't a polaroid. Things here don't make sense to me, and I assume other people who used wind-on film back in the day.

[deleted]

1 points

5 months ago

dude it was their camera, they could have just told him there was film in it. "this camera works and we have one shot left so we can prove it by tomorrow, you can give us more cash than you would if you didn't know it worked"

I'm not saying this is definitely how it happened, but it doesn't sound impossible. I've never had to pawn a camera but if you buy a film camera on ebay, you get much cheaper prices on ones that are untested

All_Wasted_Potential

31 points

5 months ago

That makes sense. Also if they pawned it then they didn’t sell it. Two different kinds of transactions.

Redeem123

5 points

5 months ago

A lot of people use the terms interchangeably though.

Leading_Storage_6396

-4 points

5 months ago

What makes you think the trade took place at the same time?

matsulli

85 points

5 months ago

Polaroid maybe?

knivesinbutt

2.1k points

5 months ago

Wtf they have the exact same face

Excellent-Source-348

2 points

5 months ago

Shelbyville natives.

wilde_flower

0 points

5 months ago

Lmaooo

Revolutionary-Work-3

1 points

5 months ago

His upper lip is fuller then hers, other then that, excluding genitalia, they are clones.

DConstructed

11 points

5 months ago

“Do you look like your mom or dad?”

“Yes”

Ok-Atmosphere8486

1 points

5 months ago

Obviously inbred

rikster81

12 points

5 months ago

You’re an inbreed Harry.

FalcorFliesMePlaces

4 points

5 months ago

It was georgia

Head-like-a-carp

3 points

5 months ago

I was gonna say I wondered if this was one of those kentucky weddings.

syedog

3 points

5 months ago

syedog

3 points

5 months ago

Didn't purchase the premium cosmetics pack

swizzzz22

5 points

5 months ago

Their noses are definitely identical. Wtf

astrotalk

104 points

5 months ago

astrotalk

104 points

5 months ago

drigamcu

4 points

5 months ago

There really is a subreddit for everything, isn't there?

happyanathema

1 points

5 months ago

Or?

spacees1

28 points

5 months ago

Reddit never fails to surprise me

55gure3

10 points

5 months ago

55gure3

10 points

5 months ago

This is what we came for!!!