Classic Photos Of Real Life In The 1980s

Fads | October 7, 2019

Written by Jacob Shelton

We may think of the 1980s as the decade of big hair, bright colors, and screamingly loud heavy metal, but the decade was so much more than the excess with which its identified. Every decade takes time to settle into itself, and the ‘80s are no different. The early years are obviously in a ‘70s hangover, but by 1985 the time period has clearly found an aesthetic all its own.

If you lived with through the 1980s you definitely remember the sights and sounds of a changing world, the blips of an Atari, the thrill of eating cereal while watching Saturday morning cartoons, and the sense of wonder that came with the new inventions and electronics that seemed to come out every day. Whether you were a mall rat, a jock, or a straight A student these photos of the go-go ‘80s will fill you with nostalgia until you feel radical all over again. Click ahead to relive a decade in time that none of us will ever want to forget!

Woman on a cellphone in the 1980s

source: reddit

Anyone seeing this woman walk through an airport terminal must have thought that she was from the distant future. She’s talking on a telephone, but she’s carrying it with her, can you imagine the possibilities? While we carry around cellphones that are tiny computer in our pockets today, back in the ’80s these bad boys were like carrying around a brick in your briefcase, and they cost thousands of dollars. Some of these units couldn’t even be used outside the car, as they actually required a base that was attached to something tangible. To really stay on the move with your cellular phone you had to shell out big bucks. Carrying one of these babies around was a huge power move. 

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Jacob Shelton


Jacob Shelton is a Los Angeles based writer. For some reason this was the most difficult thing he’s written all day, and here’s the kicker – his girlfriend wrote the funny part of that last sentence. As for the rest of the bio? That’s pure Jacob, baby. He’s obsessed with the ways in which singular, transgressive acts have shaped the broader strokes of history, and he believes in alternate dimensions, which means that he’s great at a dinner party. When he’s not writing about culture, pop or otherwise, he’s adding to his found photograph collection and eavesdropping on strangers in public.