So naturally, they're being resurrected by our old friend, the Internet.
Introducing We Have Lasers, a photo blog devoted to the unholy union of class photos and, yes, lasers, online now.
Sure, 2009's been a banner year for ironic picture blogs. (You might remember Awkward Family Photos.) But there's something extra-fantastic about this one, which hilariously captures that awesome, pre-Photoshop era (roughly '88 to '92) where every kid in the world was begging his mom to drop a few extra bucks on laser effects for that annual ritual, the grade school portrait. At last, those photos have been unearthed, thanks to submissions from dozens of devoted nostalgists—including a charmingly goofy entry from singer-songwriter Jason Mraz. (Proving yet again he's better seen than heard.)
Submitting is easy, of course, but it's more fun to cruise what's already there. It's a big awkward time capsule—big-haired girls posing next to props with their years ("1988: a great year for lasers!"), smooth-looking guys wearing Southwestern prints and enough oversized eyeglasses for a hipster convention.
And you know how you love a good hipster convention.