The Dad Who Inspired Father’s Day & Maybe the Pop-Up Card: From the Archives

Some credit the creative ingenuity of Father's Day card makers for using a play on cards to create the first "Pop"-up cards,

Some credit the creative ingenuity of Father’s Day card makers for using a play on cards to create the first “Pop”-up cards.

No greeting card historian has yet found the missing link to prove it, but some believe the claim that the “Pop” of Father’s Day inspired the first true Pop-up cards, ignoring that some rudimentary form of it first appeared in Victorian Valentine’s Day cards.

The daughter and the dad who started it all.

The daughter and the dad who started it all.

One thing is for sure, however. It was one grown-up little girl from Spokane, Washington who determined to remember her own loving Pop  with the most permanent of Father’s Day gifts imaginable – establishing the very holiday itself.

And, as usual, there were people against the idea. In this case, men who were mostly fathers themselves.

Tomorrow, whether you are gifting, phoning, texting, remembering, loving or even resenting your father, you can thank Sonora Dodd for setting aside one Sunday in June each year to do that.

From the archives of Carl Anthony Online, here’s the whole, illustrated scoop, A Daughter’s Fight For Father’s Day & Why it Made Men Grumble.

A telegram greeting was the granddaddy of a Father's Day text message, instead of sending a snail mail card.

A telegram greeting was the granddaddy of a Father’s Day text message, instead of sending a snail mail card.


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3 replies »

  1. Hi Carl –
    Am I seeing less and less you? I feel like your blogs are further apart – or is it just me? Thanks for the Father’s Day article – what did Hudson get or do for you?

    Best wishes –

    David//Chicago

  2. Carl, while maintaining an excellent blog site such as yours is a huge thief of time, I can truly say that reading what you post is time well spent! Hopefully you will still be able to educate and entertain us, as time allows.

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