We don’t tend to associate our forebears with having dazzling dentistry. With smoking and drinking – as well as sugary snacks – being far more commonplace in times past, movie-star smiles – we assume – are a modern phenomenon. So, when Derek Schwendeman found a decades-old photograph of his grandfather, Thomas, in his military gear, he thought it might be of wider interest. Schwendeman uploaded the picture to Reddit, but he couldn’t possibly have predicted the response it would generate.
When the photo was put online, Thomas Schwendeman was 86 years-old. He lived with his wife Fleecie, to whom he’d been married for 65 years. In that time, the pair had raised a family of three kids, who themselves later had children of their own. Life, it seems, had settled down for Thomas since his army days.