Archive of Category ‘vintage magazine ads‘


National Milk Day

Today is National Milk Day, celebrating the first time milk was delivered to homes in sterilized glass bottles. Milk delivery was still a popular option when this 1959 magazine ad appeared. Eventually it became easier and cheaper to purchase milk at the grocery store, especially after processes were developed to extend it’s shelf life.

These days milk delivery is making somewhat of a comeback.

1923 Wonderful Jello Ad ~ The Train is Coming!!

This original 1923 Jello ads is one of our all-time favorites. The box of Jello has fallen on the tracks. The train’s a’comin.’ The portly red-faced fellow jumps off his cart, racing to save the Jello Before it’s too late. Wonderful art by Angus MacDonall.

Do You Remember Life Savers Vi-O-Let Candy?

Throwback Thursday! We’re taking a look at this beautiful, scarce 1926 vintage ad for Lifesavers Violet candy (or Vi-O-Let, as Lifesavers playfully called it). Lifesavers Violets, along with Clove, Licorice, and Cinnamon flavors (Cl-O-Ve, Lic-O-Rice, and Cinn-O-Mon) were discontinued back in the 80’s due to poor sales. Does anyone out there remember having a taste?


Gotta love these old cigarette ads

This 1934 Camel ad features Georgia Engelhard, a pioneering female mountain climber. First picture shows her with a tired, pained look on her face as she slowly ascends the mountain. But then she puffs on a Camel. A lung full of nicotine puts a smile on her face and gives her the stamina to scoot up that mountain.


August ~ National Golf Month

We’ve been busy for the last couple of weeks moving our office, but we didn’t want to miss the chance to salute National Golf Month with this charming 1928 Saturday Evening Post cover by J.F. (Joseph Francis) Kernan, also known as the poor man’s Norman Rockwell.

A nattily dressed golfer has his stroke interrupted by a pesky bee.


Spotlight on J.C. Leyendecker

J.C. (Joseph Christian) Leyendecker was one of the most prolific illustrators of the early to mid 20th century. His easily identifiable style has graced more than 400 magazine covers, and many dozens of magazine advertisements (most notably the iconic Arrow Collar ads). He is most closely associated with the Saturday Evening Post, where he was commissioned to paint 322 covers! The men he paints are strong and athletic. The women, graceful and feminine. To this day, his work is beloved and much sought after. The following are some of our favorite examples of his work.






Nipper, the RCA Victor Dog

Few people could look at this scarce old ad and not recognize “Nipper,” the iconic RCA dog. Francis Barraud, a struggling painter, adopted the dog after his brother Mark’s death, and painted him cocking his head inquisitively at the horn of a phonograph. The painting “His Master’s Voice” went on to be used by Eldridge Johnson for his Victor Talking Machine Company. And the rest, as they say, is history!


Say It Ain’t So, Santa!

“Forget chocolate chip cookies. Just leave me a pack of Luckies!”

1936 Lucky Strike Ad ~ Santa Smokes

1959 Vintage Pepsi Ad ~ White Poodles

This 1959 Pepsi ad was illustrated by Roy Besser. We love the great retro style!

First Hostess Cakes, Now Kodak!

First it was Hostess Cakes, and now it’s another American icon, Kodak. The struggling company, which has been around for over 100 years, has also filed for bankruptcy.

I used to work at Grand Central Station and will always remember seeing the huge Kodak “Colorama” on display. The Colorama, promoted as the world’s largest photograph, was a backlighted transparency measuring 18 feet high and 60 feet across. The picture changed every 3 weeks, and it was always fun to see the new colorful photo on display.

Here’s a look back at some Kodak print advertising throughout the years.

We love this early 1903 ad for the “Kodak Developing Machine:”

Who doesn’t remember the Kodak Brownie? Here’s a 1924 ad for the Brownie Gift Box (“The Whole Shootin’ Match All in One Box.”):

Not quite as well know as the Brownie, were the “Vanity” kodaks in 5 colors. Here’s a 1928 ad showing the set:

In 1930, to commemorate their 50th Anniversary, Kodak put aside 500,000 cameras, and offered them free to children born in 1918:

In 1942, Kodak unveiled this two page ad boasting of all the medals Kodak scientists had won.

And finally, who doesn’t remember the little “Fotomat” booths where you could drop your film off in the parking lot. Here’s a 1971 ad complete with 50¢ off coupons:

We hope Kodak can make it through their struggles. We’d love to be able to show 50 more years of Kodak ads!