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