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"Those Were the Glory Days" is a memorable quote uttered by the character Mr. Incredible in the 2004 animated superhero film The Incredibles. A screen capture of Mr. Incredible saying the line has inspired a series of reaction image macros featuring of the character looking up at a wall of memorabilia from his days as a superhero. People use the image to express feelings of nostalgia. The meme has also inspired a series of image edits in which the newspaper clippings are replaced with images of another subject.
On November 5th, 2004, the Pixar released the film The Incredibles in the United States. In the film, Mr. Incredible (voiced by Craig T. Nelson) expressed feelings of sorrow and nostalgia while looking at a wall of memorabilia from his days as a superhero.
The earliest known usage of the image online was posted on io9 in a report on the film cliche of "The Wall of Newspaper Clippings." They write of the moment, "Worth it. The art on the Incredible magazine covers is absolutely frame worthy."
Two years later on October 25th, 2018, Redditor  xyzBrianDorgan shared the image with the caption, "When most of your memes never exceed 10 upvotes but you remember the time when you got 1.3 thousand upvotes on a single meme." The post received more than 460 points (96% upvoted) in a little over one year (shown below, center). The meme was reposted on /r/MemeEconomy, where it received more than 9,600 points (95% upvoted) and 550 comments in little over one year.
The following month, Redditor TheDarthKnightBegins shared a variation that reads, "When you see an old Minecraft let's play in your recommended videos." The post received more than 26,000 points (96% upvoted) and 465 comments in less than one year (shown below, right).
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