TBT: Becker's Fathers Day display at Woodward-Grand River Building

For years, we've given dads ties for Father's Day. How long has this cliche gift been around? At least 75 years!

This week's Throwback Thursday honors pops - after all, Father's Day IS Sunday. So what are you getting your dad? Coffee mug? Tigers tickets? Tie? If you're going with a tie, the sales pitch that Becker's put together about 75 years ago is still working.

Becker's was a tie store in the lobby of the Woodward-Grand River Building in 1936. For Father's Day, they set up this window display to get the right gift for dads. But Becker's had quite an odd path to get to the Woodward-Grand River Building.

From the Detroit Historical Society:

Charles C. Becker opened his first shoe store in the city in the 1880s, his store bounced around Grand River and Gratiot Avenue before settling at 209 Gratiot.  Becker passed away in 1921, but this location continued operation until 1930.  During the 1930s the business again frequently changed addresses, popping up along Broadway, then near Woodward and John R, before ending as a tie store.

According to DHS, Davis Hilmer, a photographer who meticulously documented Detroit's retail displays, likely shot this photo of the display.

FOX 2 thanks the Detroit Historical Society for this and all of our Throwback Thursday posts. And to dads everywhere: Happy Father's Day. We hope you like your tie.

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