Father’s Day is on June 16 and this post is dedicated to dads! As a family business, we’ve been on a family photograph treasure hunt. I also have some Father’s Day gift suggestions, if you haven’t found the perfect gift for dad yet.
Greg’s mom Kathy (our Director of Restoration Services) kicked off our family photograph treasure hunt while working on her scrapbooking albums. She found this photo of Greg as a 2- year-old on a horse with his aunt Therese. The horse’s name was Peppermint Patty. I find it a riot that Therese actually kept two horses in a suburban backyard! I doubt you could get away with that now, but hey… it was the 1970s!
That gave me the idea to ask everyone for photos of their dads. Kathy’s dad was John Wallace Weathers, known as “Big John” and this photo is from when she was around 10 years old in 1951. They are at Duncan Park in Spartanburg, a minor league baseball stadium where the Spartanburg Peaches used to play. Kathy has fond memories of going to baseball games with her dad. He always insisted that Kathy would go to college and his wish came true. In fact she was the first to graduate from both high school and college on her dad’s side of the family.
John is our gallery greeter and champion accountant, and this is him aged about 6 with his dad John Henry Talbot Sr. in Lawton, Oklahoma in 1949. John Jr.’s grandfather, Max Vern Talbot, is also in this photo with John’s younger brother. This is John’s first memory of meeting his grandfather, who lived in Florida. His grandfather was quite a “cut-up” and taught John to play cribbage. John fondly remembers many hours spent playing cribbage, and later, a deep sea fishing trip adventure with his grandfather.
My husband Greg looks so cute in his cowboy hat! He was 5 years old in this 1977 photo with his dad John. They lived in Lubbock, Texas, and Greg particularly remembers going to the Texas Rangers museum and going horseback riding down into the canyon. Greg associates music with different periods of his life and seeing that photo reminds him of Fleetwood Mac’s Dreams and Undercover Angel by Allen O’Day.
Therese counts Shipping Manager among her many jobs at EuroLuxAntiques.com. Here she is with her dad, John Sr. in 1963 when she was about 5 years old. They are on Fort Jackson in Columbia, SC and she is very fashionably modeling her favorite dress of the time! Later, she and her dad did horse shows together and she remembers many afternoons happily spent reviewing the results of the horse shows.
This is me, Aimee, and my dad, Robert Thomas Legore (Bob) riding the Dumbo ride at Disneyland in California in 1975 when I was about 5 years old. The family moved to California from Florida in a big blue station wagon while Bob helped develop the F16 jet engine at Edwards Airforce base. I was always a “daddy’s girl” and recall snuggling on the sofa to watch Star Trek with dad when he got home from work.
This antique English Regency Tallcase Grandfather Clock is a great gift for dad or granddad. It’s signed by clockmaker, James Green, who worked in Liverpool between 1800 and 1829, dating this clock to the King George IV era. The mahogany clock is topped by a dramatic eagle with outstretched wings, and the Moonroller feature above the clock face marks the phases of the moon. It also features hand-painted sailing ships on the sea, in tribute to Liverpool’s maritime history. The working clock still chimes on the hour!
If dad’s a wine buff, this high-quality reproduction etagere à vin (wine rack) is perfectly sized for the modern home. It holds nearly two cases of wine and he can keep his corkscrew, coasters, and wine accessories in the two drawers. The etagere à vin is crafted in the Louis XV style, with a hand-rubbed distressed finish on the rich cherry veneer for an authentic antique look.
This antique chalkware sculpture is a truly unique and meaningful gift for dad. Dating to 1900, it portrays a poignant moment between Saint Joseph and his son Jesus Christ as a child. The touching encounter is beautifully rendered in this 18 inch high sculpture, right down to the expression on the Christ child’s face.
Do you have any special plans for Father’s Day? Tell us in the comments box below. I’d also love to hear about your own family photograph treasure hunt. Photos bring back such great memories – do you have a favorite family photograph in the album?
Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with Aimee on Google+ or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!