By my count this will be at least the third gallery of vintage Halloween advertisement I've shared here, although it's been a long time since the last one. So let's scare up a good time by checking out some spooky ads from years gone by!
In past ad galleries I've typically stuck with a particular theme or product, such as holiday-themed ads or new car lineups. I'm going to try something new and product an ad gallery from a single year, covering a wide range or products and services. Basically, a sort of visual shorthand to see what someone would've seen in print or TV ads in a particular year. Think of this as a virtual department store of sorts. For the first edition I thought I'd travel back exactly 50 years to 1967. Let's browse! Automobiles Consumer Electronics Entertainment Fashion Food and Beverage Health and Beauty Household Goods Travel
While looking for material for a possible St. Patrick's Day theme post, I found this outstanding vintage photograph taken in Albany, New York on August 31, 1948. I don't know the local street name, but it appears to be in a downtown area where state routes 32 and 9W run nearby. I can just make out an actual street sign name in front of the Phillips Hardware sign, but can't tell what it says. Any idea? There are so many great things to look at here I don't know where to begin, but I suppose I'll start with one of the biggest items in the picture -- the billboard for Beverwyck Beer & Ale, which makes the oddly specific claim of being the "first truly great beer and ale in 8 years!" (Click the image for a larger version.) Long-time Albany residents should know the Beverwyck n...
Whether or not you celebrate Thanksgiving, I think we can all agree that it's worth celebrating some vintage advertisements. So I've pulled together a full menu of classic food ads for your dining and/or viewing pleasure. And as always, more Thanksgiving ads await you on the main site. Side Dishes (more…)
It's been many a year since I plumbed the advertising archives here at GFS HQ for some spooky retro classics, but that's not to say I haven't been busy since then. Why, there are all manner of neat Halloween ads up on the main site, just waiting to be enjoyed. But for your convenience, here are a few of my newer finds. For more Retrotisements, click the tag below or check out the permanent collection on the main site. You can't go wrong either way! And keep your eyes on this channel as the Countdown to Halloween 2012 continues!
It's not bad enough that Time has taken the route of cheap sensationalism with the photo for their latest cover story -- "Are You Mom Enough?" -- which depicts a young mother (Jamie Lynne Grumet) breastfeeding her 3-year-old son. Now that they've gotten dads in on the picture, it's just too much to take. Related articles Time Magazine Breastfeeding Cover: WTF? (PHOTOS)(blippitt.com) Q&A with Jamie Lynne Grumet(dhamma4mama.com) Breastfeeding mom Time cover wins applause, cringes and shrugs(vancouversun.com)
November 2009 seems like ancient history to me, but that's when I published part one of my look at some of the most interesting color photos from the 1930s and 1940s (as presented on Flickr by the Library of Congress). I love looking at pictures like these because even with the most mundane subjects, seeing them in color brings them to life in a way we never could before (unless you were there I guess). These photos were all taken between 1939 and 1944 by the United States Farm Security Administration (FSA) and later the Office of War Information (OWI). Just click on a photo to see a larger version. (Part 1 can be seen here.) Even in the '40s no road sign was safe from the scourge of graffiti. Although as one astute person pointed out, the markings on that railroad sign c
Because the government refuses to just come out and ban cigarettes outright, we get brilliant programs like the recently announced FDA campaign to place more graphic warning labels on packs of smokes. Here's an example of what they're planning to do: Effective and scary! I guess. I know I don't ever want to smoke Brand cigarettes, that much is certain. Anyway, I suppose it's only a matter of time before the gubmint steps in and tries to scare us from buying all manner of products that can cause real harm, so I've whipped up a few labels to save the taxpayers a little money. Fast Food (more…)