13 April 2009

The Knotty History of Neckties

Father's Day is coming up, and so the History Magazine featured an article by David A. Norris titled the "Knotty History of Neckties".

"The great-grandfather of today’s “long tie” was the cravat. The term derives from the French word for Croat. This neckwear was adapted from the style worn by Croatian soldiers who visited 17th-century France. King Louis XIV was impressed by the bright silk handkerchiefs that the Croatian officers wore around their necks. French fashion trend-setters adopted the cravat, which spread to England."

As you can see from the picture of Ol' Myrt's own father-dad type person, his preference was for bow ties. This photo was taken circa 1985 of Glen & Blanche Player in front of the fireplace at their home in Medina, Washington long before their declining years and subsequent passing in 2007 and 2006 respectively.

Dad didn't always look so dashing.
He also liked Hush Puppy shoes, going so far as to use the hot glue gun to reattach a loose sole much to the chagrin of the rest of us. He also ran around in a knitted army hat u ntil I appliqued an apple on a captain's hat for him to wear when piloting his boat "Apple A Day" (keeps the doctor away!) Cute, huh?

Either way, I sure do miss Dad now and wish that we could have him around -- bow ties, glued Hush Puppies and all. Happy Father's Day Dad!

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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