Back in 1890 -- yes, before texting (and before Theodore Roosevelt was president) -- ol' Teddy wrote a note to his 3-year-old son, Theodore Jr.
"Blessed Ted-ped," it began, "will you be glad to see your papa when he comes back?"
Roosevelt was working at the U.S. Civil Service Commission in Washington while his family lived at Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay. The note reveals the future Rough Rider's softer side, promising to swim at the beach (likely Long Island Sound) and sketching a fable of a cow and pony chased by a bear.
This letter -- and hundreds of other dad-related items -- can be found on the Library of Congress' "American Memory" website (memory.loc.gov), which notes the remarkable fact that we've only been officially celebrating Father's Day since 1966. (We started honoring moms in 1914.)
Today, of course, June is all about dads -- and grads, from nursery school to med school. And finding just the right gift.
To simplify things, we've gathered some choice items, from Tommy Hilfiger's "sneaky" cuff links and Roberto Coin's baccalaureate bling, to Nau's jacket that folds up into a ball (perfect for travel ... or dorm rooms).Where's Waldo? In Saint-Tropez, home of the exclusive swimwear brand Vilebrequin, which collaborated on Waldo-themed trunks for dads and sons, $260 (dads), $145 to $160 (sons); at the Americana, Manhasset store and vilebrequinonlinestore.com.