Father’s Day: The History Behind the Day to Honor Dad

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This is one of Jules Cheret’s most attractive posters from his early period in the late 1880’s. It is a large size image that is promoting the new fashions for Men and Boys at the Aux Buttes Chaumont Department Store. Click on the image to learn more.

 

Father’s Day is a wonderful time to reflect on the influence of the male role models in our lives. For many, celebrating on June 15th does not stop only with the biological fathers in their lives, but rather often includes mentors, coaches, and teachers as well. It is no doubt a wonderful tradition to be reminded to thank those around us, but just how did this holiday begin?

Through a little research, we were able to learn the below history behind Father’s Day:

 


On July 5, 1908, a West Virginia church sponsored the nation’s first event explicitly in honor of fathers, a Sunday sermon in memory of the 362 men who had died in the previous December’s explosions at the Fairmont Coal Company mines in Monongah, but it was a one-time commemoration and not an annual holiday. The next year, a Spokane,Washington woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, one of six children raised by a widower, tried to establish an official equivalent to Mother’s Day for male parents. She went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers and government officials to drum up support for her idea, and she was successful: Washington State celebrated the nation’s first statewide Father’s Day on July 19, 1910. Slowly, the holiday spread. In 1916, President Wilson honored the day by using telegraph signals to unfurl a flag in Spokane when he pressed a button in Washington, D.C. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge urged state governments to observe Father’s Day.

(taken from http://www.history.com)


Whether it is the son who became a Dad for the first time this year, your friend who is raising his kids on his own, or a mentor you admire, unique gifts are a wonderful way in which to honor the father figures in your life.

Below find some of our top picks for the father figures among us:

FOR THE TENNIS LOVER:

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With the French Open (or Roland Garros, in French) beginning this week, snatch up one of our vintage posters from the event for the tennis lover in your life. Click on the above to learn more.

FOR THE JOKER:

He loves a good laugh. Pick one of our nostalgic and campy posters to bring out that smile he's known for.

He loves a good laugh. Pick one of our nostalgic and campy posters to bring out that smile he’s known for. Click on the image to learn more.

FOR THE GOLF ENTHUSIAST:

Perfect picks for the man who always has an early tee time. Click on the image to learn more.

Perfect picks for the man who always has an early tee time. Click on the image to learn more.

FOR THE SERIOUS COLLECTOR:

The rarer and harder to find, the better. These are the gems that he would love to call his own. Click on the image to learn more.

The rarer and harder to find, the better. These are the gems that he would love to call his own. Click on the image to learn more.

As always, you can browse our entire inventory through our website by clicking here, or visiting us in person in our gallery at 532 Madison Avenue, 4th Floor, in New York City. To learn more about visiting us, please click here.

About The Ross Art Group

Specializing in original vintage posters, The Ross Art Group opened its doors over 18 years ago, and founder Mickey Ross has been collecting original posters for over 25 years. What started out as a hobby, sparked a true passion and developed into a thriving business.
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