Friday, June 19, 2009

Father's Day Salute!

Since Sunday is Father's Day a salute to all the wonderful dads!  First some favorite quotes on fatherhood followed by some cuts from an email I recently received recalling Olan Mills - remember them?  If you're an Ungirdled woman, chances are you had a couple family or individual portraits made there.

"Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope." - Bill Cosby

"When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years." - Mark Twain

"Dad always thought laughter was the best medicine, which I guess is why several of us died of tuberculosis." - Jack Handy

"I have always had the feeling I could do anything and my dad told me I could. I was in college before I found out he might be wrong." - Ann Richards

"To be a successful father, there's one absolute rule; when you have a kid, don't look at it for the first two years." - Ernest Hemingway

"A father carries pictures where his money used to be." Anonymous

"By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong." - Charles Wadsworth

"Becoming a father is easy enough, but being one can be very rough." - Wilhelm Busch

"A father is a man who expects his children to be as good as he meant to be." - Carol Coats

"Life was a lot simpler when what we honored was father and mother rather than all major credit cards." - Robert Orben

"Never raise your hand to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected." Red Buttons

A salute to Olan Mills, the family portrait place dear old dad shelled out plenty of clams to:

This poor dad wore a tie for nothing!

The Purvis family made several stops along the Oregon Trail

to document their six-month journey. This photo was taken just

two weeks before the dysentery took Momma to Jesus.

This is not a bad exposure.  The 70s really were that orange.

Olan Mills Backdrop #11: The Library, 

one of their most popular themes, as seen

in this photo. The Library might be more 

believable if the shelves weren't sloping

downhill. Is that a book on teen pregnancy? 

Just a typical afternoon down on the plantation.

In a business suit. 

Olan Mills backdrop #4: Bucolic Meadow with Split Rail Fence.

Is that an animal carcass behind her? 

Thoughtful Lance.  Mirthful Lance.  Two sides of a delightful coin.

Ever wonder what they were always staring up at?


1 comment:

  1. My wife and I are planning on getting an Olan Mills style photo for Christmas. Thanks for reminding me that I have to orange it up a bit. If we get a successful image, it goes on a collector plate and everyone gets it for Christmas.