20 June 2015

Father's Day Celebrations

Father's Day is a festival respecting fathers and praising parenthood, fatherly bonds, and the impact of fathers in society.

Father's Day festivities were first recorded in 1910 in Washington USA, by Sonora Smart Dodd. Her dad was a Civil War veteran come single parent who brought up six youngsters. A few local priests accepted the idea of a day celebrating fatherhood, and on 19 June 1910, the first Father's Day sermons were held: "sermons regarding fathers were introduced all through the city."

Numerous people endeavoured and failed to establish a day for fathers before this. Harry C  Meek claimed that he had first had the thought for Father's Day in 1915. Meek explained that the third Sunday of June was picked on the grounds that it was his birthday. He was nicknamed as the "Originator of Father's Day". Meek made many efforts to promote Father's Day in an attempt to make it an official holiday.

In  the 1920s, Dodd stopped promoting the celebration due to her studies in the Art Institute of Chicago, and it faded into relative obscurity. In the 1930s, Dodd came back to Spokane and began advancing the festival again at a national level.

By 1938 she had the assistance of the Father's Day Council, established by the New York Associated Men's Wear Retailers to help with nationwide commercial promotion. She also had the help of those trade groups that would benefit most from the holiday, for example the manufacturers of ties, tobacco pipes, and any traditional gifts for fathers.

For a perfect Father's Day present here is a selection some of the gifts available at Grays.
1960s 18ct Gold & Enamel Lawn Tennis Cufflinks, from The Antique Jewellery Company

1920s Omega silver pocket watch from Raysil Antiques

Art Deco gold filled pocket watch from Nayabelle

Balloon cased clock . This 2 hour, 8 day clock has a French movement
housed in a solid mahogany case. 1905 from Old As Time Antiques

Half pint pewter tankard with curving handle. English, c.1820 from Jane Stewart

1960s Silver & Yellow Enamel Cufflinks, from The Antique Jewellery Company

Skeleton clock single fusee. 1900-1915 from Old As time Antiques




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