Father’s Day Nostalgia Over the Decades

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We started celebrating Father’s Day in the UK shortly after the Second World War. Here we bring together some objects from across the decades which would probably have been perfect presents at the time.


The coronation of Elizabeth II took place on 2nd June 1953. This rectangular biscuit tin commemorating the event would have been a perfect gift for Father’s Day later that month. This tin was for biscuits made by Thos Parkinson Ltd, Preston.

Biscuit tin made by Thos Parkinson Ltd for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953


Many dads have a sweet tooth and 60s retro sweets are still a popular gift today. Here was an ideal combination from local firm Walker’s Toffee, based in Longton, complete with a little hammer to break the toffee!

Tin of Walker’s Nonsuch Toffee, Longton.
Toffee hammer

This is also the decade when England won the World Cup in 1966. No surprise there was mass rejoicing and many commemorative items made. This jigsaw was certainly a well-used and loved item.

World Cup Chamption jigsaw puzzle, 1966


Thunderbirds had its UK TV debut on 30 September 1965 but repeats were still screened until the early 1970s. Although originally a children’s programme it soon became a favourite for the older audience as well. This puppet of Alan Tracy, who was the youngest Tracy brother was the principal pilot of Thunderbird 3. He swaps roles with John on the space station, Thunderbird 5, once a month.

Alan Tracy marionette puppet, early 1970s


The 1970’s saw some very iconic cars on film and television which were to result in a cult following. Corgi produced many toy cars during the 1980’s to address this market and produced the Lotus Esprit, made famous in the 1977 James Bond film, The Spy who Loved Me and the Red Ford Torino from Starsky and Hutch.  

Corgi Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me, 1980s
Corgi Red Ford Torino from Starsky and Hutch, 1980s

The Sinclair ZX Spectrum was one of the first mainstream home computer systems and was a must have item in the 80s. The museum collection includes games such as Chequered Flag racing game and Planetoids arcade game.

Keyboard for the Sinclar ZX Spectrum, 1980s


The first mobile phone introduced in the UK was in 1985 and was associated with the ‘Yuppie’ generation. Along with the ‘Filofax’ this was seen as a denoting a sense of success and achievement, who would have thought these ‘bricks’ of technology would develop into what we see today. This is the ‘Peoples Phone’ cellular mobile dating from the 90s. The model is the CTN6000 and it is still in its original box with the charger and adaptor. A new mobile is still a popular present today.

‘Peoples Phone’ mobile phone, circa 1990


We have celebrated the millennium and welcomed in a new century. But some things remain the same. Commemorative ware was produced to mark the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 1952-2002. This unmarked bone china mug would have been perfect to have dunked those biscuits in from the Coronation!

Mug commemorating the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, 2002

We continue to look for presents for our Fathers and regardless of budget we will always find that special present to let them know we love them. Whether this is in the form of new technology, gadgets or something to soothe their ‘sweet tooth’ it is the thought behind the present that is important and the most appreciated.

Written by admin - Modified by Joe Perry (Curator, Local History)

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