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
I don't know about you, but there comes a point when convenience goes too far, and things just get weird. Case in point: This 1950 advertisement for Swift's Premium Canned Hamburgers, which purports to "take the labor out of the Labor Day Week End." But hey, as gross as the prospect of eating preformed meat out of a can may be, at least you can send in that coupon and get a sweet sandwich toaster for just 50 cents!
For National Donut Day (or National Doughnut Day if you please), here's a pair of lovely vintage donut ads. Up first is a lovely Mayflower Downyflake specimen from 1939, tying their donuts to that year's World's Fair in New York. And the second treat -- because who can eat just one? -- is this Mister Donut print ad from 1966. I wonder if that coupon is still any good?
The Space Age motif on this 1956 print ad for Puffin Biscuits -- "So light they almost fly!" -- is subtle but still hard to miss. And it's worth a look: I can't tell what I like more about the design of this ad, the little boy in the vintage 1950s space helmet for the little biscuit with wings at the bottom.
If I didn't know any better I'd swear that this vintage Blue Bell Potato Chips bag was designed rather recently, and by someone with a real love for retro styling. In fact, this may just be the most perfect example of mid-century packaging graphic design I've ever seen. Let's take a look and then review why this is so great, shall we? The Blue Bell logo is strong, and I love how it incorporates the clapper into the product description. (Not sure what "smoky flavored" is supposed to mean, however.) To further the bell motif, there are musical notes for "fresh" and "crisp," which is just great. So very mid-century. The yellow portion of the bag design appears to be somewhat Googie-influenced, even if subtly so. Although I had no knowledge of the "10 cents" graphic when I des...
In the Dinner Music series, I present a recipe from a vintage magazine and pair it with some appropriate music. Feel free to make the meal, listen to the tunes, and let me know how it turned out! For this entry I thought I'd lighten things up a bit. It is July after all. So I think some sweet dessert and some equally sweet music is in order. This week's recipe comes from the March 17, 1952 issue of Life magazine, and is for Hunt's Heavenly Peach Cobbler. The Recipe 1 No. 2 1/2 can Hunt's Peach Halves Butter Nutmeg Milk Roll biscuit dough 1/8 inch thick. Cut into 1/2 inch strips. Cut Hunt's Peaches in quarters. Place in greased baking dish with syrup. Dot with butter. Sprinkle with nutmeg. Arrange strips of dough lattice fashion on top of peaches. Pinch edges of dough s...
It's been more than two months since I shared the last batch of vintage 1982 commercials, so I'd say we're overdue. The following are all the ads shown during the fifth break of WABC-TV Channel 7′s airing of Von Ryan’s Express on June 19, 1982. In this double-size break we've got Mel from Alice hawking bug spray, processed cheese-type food, the one and only Frank Perdue, and more! Two of the ads in this section -- Kal Kan and Midas -- were repeated from earlier in the broadcast and have already been posted, so I'm not putting them here again. Part 5 of our VHS treasure trove is here. Astute viewers should recognize our bug-challenged gardener friend as Vic Tayback, aka Mel from the old Alice TV show. (No-Pest) Other than the jaunty, period jingle the thing that stands
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…)