“What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce,” said Karl Lagerfeld, fashion designer and author.
— "What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that's gone forever, impossible to reproduce," said Karl Lagerfeld, fashion designer and author. With Father's Day approaching, this statement describes what the event was established to note, which is to honor, to distinguish memories and to recognize the father figure, which generally involves gift giving of some sort, and made more meaningful by personalization.
The initiation of the annual Father's Day celebration varies from place to place, but it was near the beginning of the 20th century, and it is celebrated worldwide, although in some countries, on different annual dates. In the United States in 1957, a Maine senator, Margaret Chase Smith, accused Congress of ignoring fathers for over 40 years, while honoring mothers. This action started the process of its designation as a recognized holiday, after Mother's Day was documented by proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson in 1914.
It eventually happened in 1966, when President Lyndon Johnson issued the first national proclamation honoring fathers, and designated it as the third Sunday of June each year. While government offices are not "officially" closed on Father's Day, since it is on a Sunday, President Richard Nixon signed it into law as a permanent national holiday in 1972.
Honoring one's father can come in many different forms. A handmade card, note or poetry will certainly be appreciated, although some children and adult children do not have the time and talent to create these items. A truly personal gift is a photograph that can capture a person, a place or event, or a thought that can be either carried around or worn.
kathy lo rocks, a custom jewelry company, offers a solution with a photograph made into something the father can wear as a necklace, tie tack or cuff links, or carry as a money clip or key ring. Produced with high quality materials and expert craftsmanship, kathy lo rocks takes a photo supplied by a client, resizes it and places it in a sterling, pewter or even gold miniature frame, and seals it in a waterproof coating made to last. A glass cover ensures its durability.
"An everlasting moment, captured by a photograph in his child's life can be made into a meaningful keepsake that he will treasure forever," says Kathy Loewenstern, owner and creator, referring to a gift made with a child's photo for a father. "It's easier than you think to place an order, with easy digital photo uploading, even from Facebook," adds Loewenstern.
Other options offered by the enterprise include key rings with specific names or dates of children engraved on the piece, or even miniaturized handprints or footprints on cuff links. Customers may place orders through June 9 for standard shipping and June 11 for express shipping in 2014.
Based in San Francisco, kathy lo rocks is a custom keepsake design company that individually handcrafts men's, women's and children's personalized jewelry and accessories using photographs and other distinctive items. Sold in over 500 retail establishments, orders are also accepted online at www.kathylo.com.
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