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by Ruby Lane

Father’s Day Art Top 5 Vintage Gift Ideas For Dad

Fathers are notoriously hard to buy for.  Many truly are the men who have everything.  Others, let’s face it, are the financial fountain from which gifts for all other holidays spring.  So, for the man who has everything, give a piece of framed Father’s Day art that may even start a family tradition.  Each time Dad sees that painting, print, vintage card, or photo on his wall, he will remember that you are a grateful child, not the thankless, ungrateful mutts of King Lear.

1.       Framed Cards and Tributes:  1920s and 30s graphics for Father’s Day often featured impish little kids standing before a large, written tribute to dad.  These often begin “To Dad” or “To my Pop.”  The sweet, schmaltzy poetic tribute that follows can be funny or tearful.  The kids look straight out of The Little Rascals.  When you read them, don’t be surprised if you channel Eddie Fisher singing “O My Papa.”   Why? Why Not? on Ruby Lane has a very neat example. Great Vintage Stuff has a framed tribute done in Art Deco style.  If dad loves Art Deco, then you have done something right twice!!

Art Deco 1932 Framed ~ TO MY DAD

Art Deco 1932 Framed ~ TO MY DAD

2.       Framed automobile posters and vintage ads:  What Dad doesn’t like cars?  Beautiful, streamlined graphics and photo ads of Bugatti, Ferrari, Alpha Romeo, Porsche, and more, look equally fabulous hanging in the family den, Dad’s man cave, or on the garage wall above a work bench.  Yoshagraphics features an amazing car print by Jean Bugatti. They also feature a 1932 Panhard poster. Panhard began life as an auto firm in 1887.  This particular poster shown by Yosha was designed by noted artist, Alex Kow.  Yosha has an original print advertising Mercedes Benz that compares the car to a pearl within an oyster. This is a cool piece of art that has a surrealist feel to it.

Vintage French Art Deco automobile print

Father's Day Perfect! Original Art Deco race print for FIAT

Father’s Day Perfect! Original Art Deco race print for FIAT

Original Vintage Mercedes-Benz convertible print

Original Vintage Mercedes-Benz convertible print

Mid-Century Racing Car Print

Mid-Century Racing Car Print

3.       Story Telling Original Water Color and other Original Art: Aune’s Antiques is the place to go for Dads who crave the unusual.  The small water color described here done on hemp paper and is titled “Esteban San Pescado,” or St. Stephen Fishing.  There are other hand painted examples out there, because this one is numbered 53/100.  The piece is framed, and on the back, there is a story to read.   This seller also has unusual masks, green jade animals, carved artifacts from elk horn, Steiff camels, and other unique objets d’art.

Collectors signed painting of storytelling artist 57/100

Collectors signed painting of storytelling artist 57/100

Father's Day Fine Art on Ruby Lane

4.       Framed Art with Masculine ThemesTimeless TokensDE has cornered the market for framed art and paintings that Dad may enjoy.  They have a 16th century, framed Gerard Mercator Antique Map that looks as if it might guide dad on a magic carpet ride.   They also feature a great framed Currier and Ives Print, “Across the Continent, Westward  the Course of Empire Takes Place“ (1868) For Dads of the 60s and 70s, try a Frank Zappa photo shown by Barkus Farms Antiques, Collectibles, and Fine Art.  Framed art with hunting, fishing, dog, horse, or farm scenes would also please the Dad in your life.

Gerard Mercator 16th C Antique Map of Regional Germany Hannonia Namurcum Comitatus

Gerard Mercator 16th C Antique Map of Regional Germany Hannonia Namurcum Comitatus

Antique Large Folio Currier & Ives Lithograph Restrike

Antique Large Folio Currier & Ives Lithograph Restrike “Across the Continent, Westward the Course of Empire Takes Place” 1868

FRANK ZAPPA (MOTHERS OF INVENTION)

FRANK ZAPPA (MOTHERS OF INVENTION)

5.       Graphic Ads of Men’s Clothing:  Vintage men’s clothing ads feature nostalgic images that will remind Dad of the men in his family, and of the special occasions in his life that required the men’s haberdashery featured.  Men’s tailored clothing and haberdashery have a time-honored history; remember our former President Harry S. Truman owned a haberdashery.  How many of us, too, have fond memories of a grandfather or beloved uncle arriving on the train for a family visit, outfitted in a dignified, three piece dark suit, fedora, polished wing tips and gold watch chain?

Christian Dior advertisement print for Man's tie

Harry S. Truman and friends in his haberdashery store, ca. 1920. Via Truman Library

Harry S. Truman and friends in his haberdashery store, ca. 1920. Via Truman Library

Father's Day Gift Ideas

For example, a 1913 Men’s Clothing Salesman’s Sample catalog by Toinette’s Vintage Clothing Jewelry Patterns More will delight for hours.  A 1953 Hanes Men’s Underwear ad will cause Dad to chuckle.  Find it at Nest Antiques Art and Gifts.  Blue Spruce Rugs and Antiques features several 1910 Men’s Fashion Prints, and for those who love high fashion, Yosha Graphics has a wonderful Christian Dior ad. Dad may be tired of getting ties and socks, but he won’t be tired of these cool graphic representations of men’s fashion.

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Vintage “Utica” Sport Coat Box

vintage Father's Day Ideas

So, this Father’s Day, think art, think 2- dimensional, think history.  Sip the mundane, and go for the unusual, and be as “graphic” as you can!

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