The instinctual bond between father and daughter is so fundamental that it must be writ deep within us at the level of blood and bone.
Below are five photographic portrayals of a father and daughter: three by John Vachon and two by Russell Lee. Four of the five were shot in 1939 during each man’s work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA), while the one from 1943 is associated with the FSA’s World War II era successor, the Office of War Information (OWI).
Enough said as the photographs speak plainly and clearly for themselves.
- See more than FSA/OWI 250 black-and-white photographs of children with adults featuring a variety of combinations such as fathers with daughters, mothers with sons, etc. You may also enjoy browsing the FSA/OWI Subject Index which presents the categories assigned in the 1940s to make it possible to browse this extensive pictorial record by what is depicted.
- A Library of Congress Wise Guide about Father’s Day recounts the history of a designated day to honor fathers from conception to the 1966 official declaration by President Lyndon Johnson.