A Date With Dad -When Dad Was Mr. Right

Vintage Public Service ad "Fun With Pop" from "I Love You"Comic Charlston Publications 1959

For perky Janice Anderson, Father didn’t just know best; for this mid-century teen, her Pop was her pal.

Of course what wholesome teenager doesn’t dream about fun with her father? And what Dad doesn’t dream about dating his daughter ( just ask Donald Trump).

Well, apparently some youngsters needed nudging.

This 1959 public service ad that ran in comic books  as part of a campaign  encouraging youngsters of all ages to “Join the Fun with Pop Campaign” with the campaign promise “For Happier Kids.”

True Romance…True Togetherness

Comic Book I Love You PSA 1950's

(L) Vintage comic book “I Love You” Charlston Publications 1959 (R) Public Service ad “Fun with Pop.” Comic books often ran single-page features with social, patriotic, and health-related messages and these public service ads taught kids lessons about the world around them, such as free speech, prejudice, and family values.

Tucked in between the colorful. pages of a True Love comic book filled with heart throbbing stories about the rough road to love in the quest for Mr. Right., was a public service ad for the ultimate Mr. Right…who was right under your nose – dear old dad.

For the most part,  Dads had been second thoughts when it came to parenting but by mid-century America, in that age of togetherness there was a new kind of  Dad. American Dads coast to coast were getting involved in child care, a trend so remarkable Life magazine gushed enthusiastically on the phenomenon, calling the New American Domesticated Male the greatest advance in parenting.

Vintage Public Service ad "Fun With Pop" 1959 from "I Love You"Comic Charlston Publications 1959

Vintage Public Service ad “Fun With Pop”  from “I Love You”Comic Charlston Publications 1959

Take the story of Janice

Janice was in a jam.

Her steady Doug had come down with a nasty cold leaving this high school miss dateless for the big dance.

Vintage Public Service ad "Fun With Pop" 1959 from "I Love You"Comic Charlston Publications 1959

Vintage Public Service ad “Fun With Pop” from “I Love You”Comic Charlston Publications 1959

That’s when her dad stepped up in a big way to become her date. And what a dreamy date he was, attentive, charming, and boy oh boy could he cut a rug.

Vintage Public Service ad "Fun With Pop" from "I Love You"Comic Charlston Publications 1959

Vintage Public Service ad “Fun With Pop” from “I Love You”Comic Charlton Publications 1959

Sure diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but all gals know your Pop is your pal!

Happy Fathers Day!

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4 comments

  1. Sally, I was remembering a father-daughter dance where the group she belonged to held a dance. We rented a limo as we went with them. Great memory. Keith

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  2. ellie berner

    My dad encouraged a love of baseball. I was the pal he brought to games. I married a coach. <u dad was the pal I brought to my husband's games so games were the father/daughter events that I vividly remember.

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