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'Eat your heart out Ellen!' Colin Powell wins Throwback Thursday with vintage selfie

March 13, 2014 at 12:49 PM ET

Video: Colin Powell wins the Internet over after taking to Facebook to share a selfie he took in the 1950s. The post has been liked tens of thousands of times.

How cool is Colin Powell? He was taking selfies long before today’s hipsters were even born.

The 76-year-old former secretary of state got into the "Throwback Thursday" spirit on Facebook, posting a black-and-white photo of his younger self standing in front of a bedroom mirror, holding a vintage camera.

“Throwback Thursday — I was doing selfies 60 years before you Facebook folks. Eat your heart out Ellen!” Powell wrote in the caption.

Within two hours of being posted, the photo had already been "liked" by 35,000 people and shared more than 8,000 times.

Powell's reference, of course, is to the celebrity-studded “selfie” that Ellen DeGeneres took while hosting this year's Oscars award show. She posted that picture on Twitter and it quickly racked up more than 3 million retweets, shattering the social media site's record for reposts.

Eun Kyung Kim is a writer for TODAY.com based in Washington. Follow her on Google+ or on Twitter.

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