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Real Pictures of Generation X

“The whole point of taking pictures is
so that you don’t have to explain things with words.”
–Elliott Erwitt, The Joy of Photographing People

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Pictures of Generation X

I have been collecting pictures of Generation X since 2008, and have compiled numerous photos essays of Gen Xers in youth and childhood. Some of my favorite collections are featured below including Christmas, Halloween and Easter photos from the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Also, First Communions, Thanksgivings, etc. 



Gen X Archive

Collecting old snapshots, faded photographs and 35 mm slides of Generation X and sharing them with readers is one of my favorite things to do. I have relatively few pictures from my youth and childhood, so I’m always looking to find myself — or at least my experiences — in other peoples’ photos. I cherish high-quality images of my eras of childhood and youth. For me, there will never be enough, for nothing tells the story of our days and times better than pictures. Also, they are important contributions to this Gen-X archive.


1969 Easter Egg Parade

Vintage Easter Pictures

Visit this beautiful and sometimes hilarious collection of vintage Easter pictures from the 1960s to the 1980s. Featuring Generation X with Easter baskets, bonnets and bunnies.

Ace Frehley Kiss Halloween Costume 1979

Vintage Halloween Pictures

Check out this fun collection of vintage Halloween pictures from the 1960s through the 1980s. The gallery features Gen-Xers in a variety of costumes including Star Wars, Isis, Strawberry Shortcake, E.T., Kooky Spooks, Casper (the Friendly Ghost), Ghostbusters and more. I especially love the street scenes of vintage trick-or-treaters.

Dancerella Doll 1978

Vintage Christmas Pictures

From flocked trees and aluminum trees to Cabbage Patch dolls and banana seat bikes, check out this collection of vintage Christmas pictures.

First Communion, Irish Girls, Early 1980s

First Communions

Check out this collection of vintage religion topics such as First Communion pictures from the 70s and 80s, rapture sermons, apocalyptic songs and more.

A mother (Silent Generation) pushes a Gen-X baby in a shopping cart. The baby is straddling the flip-up child seat.

1970s Baby

1970s Baby Equipment: “Dangerous” Stroller, Swing, Crib and Car Seats

Thanksgiving 1976 Kids Dressed up like Pilgrims

1976 School Thanksgiving

School Thanksgiving 1976 and a sea of 3rd Grade pilgrims and Indians.

Gen-Xers atop a Jungle Gym 1974

Boston-Area Elementary, 1974

For several weeks I’ve been trying to come up with the perfect story, song or poem to go along with these wonderful black and white photos of young Gen-Xers. They were taken at an elementary school outside of Boston in the winter of 1974. I finally decided on this old John Denver song, Rhymes and Reasons…
Girl in monogrammed sweater

Monogram Sweater

One of my favorite outfits in high school was a light pink wool crewneck sweater and a pair of rose-colored corduroys. The sweater was monogrammed with my initials, JRE; however, the E, for my maiden name, was in the center…

Rotary Wall Telephone on 1970s Paneling<br />

Splendid History

Barry Rich Photo Archive Features the Splendid History of Gen-Xers in the 20th Century. Gorgeous pictures!

Submit Your Gen X Pictures 

Do you have old pictures of Generation X from the 1960s, 70s, 80s or 90s? I’d love to feature them as a tribute to the life and times of America’s 13th Generation. Contact me using this form or email me your submissions at jennifer [at] tambourinepr [dot] org. Also, I pay top dollar for high-quality Gen X collections including old scrapbooks, portraits, ephemera, old slides and photographs, etc. 


Birthday Party at Farrells 1971
Gen X Blog Jennifer Chronicles

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