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Smoking, Spanking and Sexism: 22 Vintage Father’s Day Cards

Looking at vintage Father’s Day cards is a trip. A journey to another time, a time where spanking was socially acceptable, women stayed home and cleaned the house, and every dad was addicted to nicotine; smoking cigars, cigarettes and the occasional pipe. Also, anthropomorphic animals made quite an appearance in Father’s Day cards of yore from train conducting giraffes to archery loving baby bears, rarely were dads seen as human.

Check out this odd assortment of vintage Father’s Day cards:

  • A Vintage Father’s Day 1 of 23
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  • HI There! 2 of 23
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    This card is all about smoking. No hugs, no kisses, no cute little anthropomorphic animals. Nope, this is all just paying homage to dad's love of nicotine. 

    Photo Source: Etsy/ Available for $6.50

  • A Wifely Job 3 of 23
    $(KGrHqR,!jIFEEqlt-,iBRC!T4,U1!~~60_57

    This look absolutely nothing like my day. I don't even know where my iron is.. but the payoff for this card is next...

    Photo Source: eBay/ Available for $7.50.

  • The Boss 4 of 23
    $(KGrHqV,!pMFC4Qei+ViBRC!T9UJRw~~60_57

    Yup, that's her "boss." Times certainly have changed. 

    Photo Source: eBay/ Available for $7.50.

  • Daddy as a Kitty 5 of 23
    $(KGrHqEOKpwE7IT1lWnFBRcJkreUq!~~60_57

    For those feline loving fathers who perhaps works for the United Postal Service , this is a card that shows him as a cute kitty making the rounds with a very special delivery. 

    Photo Source: eBay/ Available here for $5.00

  • From Your Big Boy 6 of 23
    $(KGrHqNHJFYE+,N98!05BQZsnrrG7Q~~60_3

    This big boy apparently has puppy and flower delivery service. But he forgot to wear his socks, he isn't THAT big yet. 

    Photo Source: eBay/ available for $2.00

  • Your Child the Bear 7 of 23
    $T2eC16hHJH8E9qSEYO4WBRnwtrIfYw~~60_57

    For the father that has a very special child, who not only is a cute cuddly bear, but who has fantastic penmanship. 

    Photo Source: eBay/ Available for $2.50

  • The Servant Daughter 8 of 23
    $(KGrHqZ,!h4FDk-+oK8NBRI5o4Rvdg~~60_57

    Oh, the cliche of the women in the house doting on the man of the house, fetching his slippers. Does that EVER happen anymore?

    Photo Source: eBay/ Available for $7.50

  • A Dapper Dad Bunny 9 of 23
    $T2eC16NHJGIE9nnWpUhJBRU-cPC09w~~60_57

    It's not that this dad is a bunny that would turn heads, it's more his outfit. A top hat, gloves and even spats? Now that is a fashion statement. 

    Photo Source: eBay/ Available for $3.50

  • The Tie 10 of 23
    $T2eC16FHJHQE9nzEyHl-BRYJ!Z5w8Q~~60_57

    The tie. Yes, that has got to be the most classic Father's Day gift ever. 

    Photo Source: eBay/ Available for $4.00

  • The Giraffe 11 of 23
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    What says father's day more than a giraffe driving a train? If you know, please tell me .

    Photo Source: eBay/ Available for $5.00

  • Spanking 12 of 23
    $(KGrHqJHJFEFGBRUQKltBRnnsdYKew~~60_57

    Yes, the spanking father's day card, a perfect way to celebrate your dad's physical punishment. So odd and so wrong. 

    Photo Source: eBay/ Available here for $4.99

  • To Hubby 13 of 23
    $T2eC16ZHJHEFFlmoR5mWBRhFgEUWp!~~60_57

    A wife taking a break from her duties to write a note to the man of the house. And really, who dresses like that when cleaning? 

    Photo Source: eBay/ Available here for $4.00

  • Special Delivery 14 of 23
    $(KGrHqZHJEkFGpnmNmNQBRskb+it3!~~60_3

    How many dad's out there smoke a pipe? Not many. That is so old-school. But fathers (and mothers) dreading bills or invoices? That never went away. 

  • For Father 15 of 23
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    I spent several minutes starring at this card and trying to figure it out. But I just can't. Perhaps this father in question just loves smoking THAT much that this image is enough of a greeting. 

    Photo Source: Etsy/ Available here for $4.95

  • Shaving 16 of 23
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    What do dads do? Besides deal with the bills and smoke? They shave. This card is an ode to shaving throughout the ages. 

    Photo Source: Etsy/ Available here $3.75

  • The Lazy Bunny 17 of 23
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    It's a bunny. It's a dad. It's a bow tying bunny dad wearing a bow tie laying in a hammock. Yeah, just like every Father's Day. 

  • Your Daughter the House 18 of 23
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    For the father who believes his daughter is a horse. A very pretty girly horse that is. 

    Photo Source: Etsy/ Available for for $5.00

  • Archery Bear 19 of 23
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    This is for the dad whose son happens to be a Peter Pan loving, archery playing, baby bear. 

    Photo Source: Etsy/ Available here for $6.50

  • Moose 20 of 23
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    Another dad who likes to smoke. But this one is a dapper moose with some pretty exceptional slippers. 

    Photo Source: Etsy/ Available here for $8.50

  • Cigars 21 of 23
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    Dad as king of the house, with cigars of course. 

    Photo Source: Etsy/ Available here for $5.50

  • King for the Day 22 of 23
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    Make dad "king for the day!" And that includes slippers, socks, a tie, golf, and of course, tobacco.

    Photo Source: Etsy/ Available for $12.50 

  • Bread Winner 23 of 23
    $T2eC16JHJHkFFlyw!k8LBRoCG-5Tgw~~60_57-1

    An ode to the bread winner, in this case the father. 

    Photo Source: eBay/ available for $1.99

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