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The Great American Dad: A Future Retro-Themed Father’s Day Shopping Guide



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Future Retro: The Great Age of the American Automobile  is an exhibition that is comprised mainly of drawings from the collection of Frederick A. Sharf. The exhibit showcases the beauty and ingenuity of American automotive design during the decades following World War II, a landmark period in car styling. An eclectic mix of illustrations, from preliminary sketches to fully rendered works, provides a rare glimpse into the creative process at some of America’s premiere car companies. Dating from an era when speed and power were increasingly important factors in automotive sales, these drawings show reference to the emerging technologies that influenced postwar car design, like airplanes and rockets.

Father’s Day is only a few days away and if you haven’t already gotten your gifts you should stop by the Cummer to pick up some truly artistic gifts for Dad!

The Cummer Store has curated a special collection of items that are influenced by the Future Retro: The Great Age of the American Automobile exhibition. In the store, you’ll find items created from automobiles and items inspired by the designs of the visionaries from the “Great Age of the American Automobile.” The items of this collection are perfect for Father’s Day as they remind our fathers and grandfathers of a simpler time. Below is a gift guide featuring items from the Future Retro Collection carefully chosen for the supportive father figures in your life!

Is your dad “artsy” or creative?

The Cummer Store has books on designing and drawing retro cars just for him!

Some titles include:

How to Design Cars like a Pro

Draw 50 Cars, Trucks, and Motorcycles by Lee J. James

Future Retro: Drawings from The Great Age of American Automobiles

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Do you define your dad as a “bookworm”?

We’ve stocked the shelves with countless books about cars ranging from books about first cars to books cataloguing sleek and beautifully designed cars from the Ralph Lauren Collection.

Some titles include:

My First Car by Matt Stone

1001 Dream Cars You Must Drive Before You Die

Speed, Style, And Beauty: Cars from the Ralph Lauren Collection

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Is your father a “collector”?

The Cummer Store has made it so much easier for him by compiling an impressive collection of miniature model cars and other car-themed and 60s-themed items.

Such as:

Porcelain Coffee Mugs

Magnets with Photos of the Cars featured in the Future Retro Exhibition

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Would you consider your father a connoisseur of art?

Then he’d sure enjoy the:

Original Acrylic Car Paintings by Mike Viafora

Or the

Metal Posters featuring the Cars from the Future Retro Exhibition

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Are souvenirs your dad’s “thing”?

The Cummer Store now carries apparel with the Future Retro logo:

Baseball caps


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Is your dad a sartorial genius?

The Cummer Store now carries:

Messenger Bags



Made from car seat belts!


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This is only a portion of the items that The Cummer Store has that will appeal to not only dad but to the whole family. We’ve got a vast variety of books, wearable art, glassware, home décor items, and jewelry for everyone in the familyand on your gift list throughout the year!  We’ve got something everyone. Don’t be afraid to come on in a have a look around!


Written by Kiani Ned, Marketing Intern

Photography by Kiani Ned






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