Vintage Photos Show Tender Moments of Fathers Worldwide

These dads carried children on their shoulders, brought them along on trips to market, and shared moments of joy—much like fathers do today.

By Heather Brady
Published 15 Jun 2018, 18:25 BST, Updated 18 Jun 2021, 13:30 BST

As we celebrate Father's Day on the third Sunday of June, these photos of dads around the world show that a father's love is universal.

Studies have shown that beyond the ubiquitous parenting experiences of wiping away tears over a skinned knee or cheering on the sidelines of a sports game, dads can have specific and important impacts on the lives of their children.

Fathers who do their share of work at home can help shape their daughters' career goals. They can help their children learn to evaluate risk, solve problems, and learn limits more efficiently through creative rough-and-tumble play in a safe environment. And the foods they eat can even influence the health of their future children.

These photos from the National Geographic archives show fathers of decades past from many walks of life – rich and poor, urban and rural, young and old, all working to care for their children and lead by example.

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