Old School Cool
The cool ones. They are immortal.
Steve McQueen and his Persols.
Brando and his Schott Perfecto.
Teddy Roosevelt and that hat.
We’ve spent a good bit of time here talking about some pretty iconic images from our country’s past, but what about the unsung icons? Icons of their neighborhood, their specific train line, their club? What about the people you see immortalized only in a single photograph or video, captured at their utmost cool, for all time.
For those people, there’s /r/OldSchoolCool.
Old School Cool is a subreddit featuring only pure, stone cold cool people. From grandfathers and great-grandmothers, to the baker down street and the driver of the cross-town express, Old School Cool chronicles the style of past eras drawing from user submissions of often-anonymous fashionistas.
While they do include quite a few celebrities, their juxtaposition next to regular people looking just as good, if not better, is one of the subreddit’s charms.
“History’s Cool Kids, Looking Fantastic,” as Old School Cool calls it, is a people’s history of style.
“A pictorial and video celebration of history’s coolest kids, everything from beatniks to bikers, mods to rude boys, hippies to ravers. And everything in between.”
I don’t know so much about the ravers, but everything on Reddit is heavily moderated, so they probably have to look cool.
And they do.
John Lennon, backstage at Shea Stadium in 1966.
A Grandmother’s scrapbook of signed 1940s movie star head shots.
A ladies’ rooftop boxing match, circa the 1930s.
Woodstock, from a seldom-seen vantage point.
Bill Cosby as fullback for the Temple Owls.
Some of the photos on Old School Cool are touching. Some are nostalgic. Some are wistful and joyous. Some are downright sad.
But all of them are just…cool.