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Leigh Eric Schmidt

Leigh Eric Schmidt

Title: Professor Leigh Eric Schmidt

Born: August 23, 1961
Birthplace: Redlands, California, U.S.A.

Occupation: Author and Historian
Profile: Best known for Consumer Rites: The Buying and Selling of American Holidays.

Number of Quotes: 1

Father's Day was comical in part because fathers seemed so out of place or uncomfortable in this holiday world of sentimental gifts and domestic flattery. The little remembrances of flowers, cards, and novelties became funny when showered on Father; they opened up a line of humor that played on the gendered incongruities of holiday gift giving. As one editorial writer on the holiday put the matter in 1925, fathers have 'no talent for the fribbles and frabbles and furbelows with which Mother signalizes well-being.

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