A Father's Love Can't Be Matched

Updated on Jun 19, 2022. Originally added on Jun 16, 2016 by Kathy Pinna
Fathers have always been honored: in Europe, the Catholic population as far back as the Middle Ages have celebrated fatherhood on St. Joseph's Day (March 19). This tradition was brought to the Americas by the Spanish and Portuguese and in Latin America, fathers are still celebrated on the same day. The first Father's Day in the United States, however, is deemed to be July 5, 1908 - celebrated in West Virginia after the Monongah Mining Disaster killed 361 men, the majority of them fathers. After many failed attempts at establishing a nationwide holiday - including efforts by Presidents Wilson and Coolidge, President Lyndon Johnson was the first to issue a proclamation establishing Father's Day in 1966 and President Nixon signed it into law in 1972. The third Sunday in June now celebrates fathers in many nations of the world.

Fathers love us, support us, and protect us. They teach us how to love and how to make our way in the world. As much as mothers, they are indispensable to our growth and success. Celebrate your father with him - and with these 32 photos showing that a father's love can't be matched.

A Father's Love Can't Be Matched

Dads can raise famous sons

Elvis with his father, Vernon
Elvis Presley family

Or raise famous daughters - while being famous themselves

Nat King Cole with Natalie Cole
Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole

All eyes are on Dad

in the 1920's.
John J Carlin family

Lucky dad surrounded by daughters

Unknown Family

All those girls - what a blessing!

Father with five sons

who all followed him into "the business"
John Burr Clark And Sons



And guide us

Gragg family - father and 4 sons
Henry Gragg's sons

Fathers show us how to be fashionable

Father and son - cool dudes!
Leonard Skidmore Stevenson


And teach us lots of things

Father teaching his daughter to swim - or at least float.
Lou Vodila & friends at home

Dads are fun!

1919 New Mexico
Marian and Henry Bills ca. 1919

Aw shucks - ain't my Dad great?

Eloff Joseph Hadlund

Proud papa with his two sons


Dads love us

Archie Matheson, 1947

Proud papa

And Dad's strong arms hold us

Lake Brothers

Lake brothers with their offspring

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