This year for Father's Day, I'm going to skip the vintage ads in favor of something much more unique. Here are three great pieces of Father's Day ephemera, courtesy Western Union. These telegram design templates, which comes from the 1940s and 1960s, are really something else. Funny how the image Western Union most associated with fatherhood in the 1960s was fishing. Click on any telegram for a larger image. And if you still really want to see some great vintage Father's Day advertisements, you can check them out here and here.
Since all the dads out there got to enjoy some vintage advertisements three years ago, it's only proper to finally give mothers their due. So here's a hand-picked gallery of classic ads for Mother's Day. And as always, these and many more ads can be seen in the main Retrotisements area. FTD Florist (1956) Zales (1971) G-E Mobile Maid dishwasher (1959) Western Union (1948) Whitman's (1952) Gibson Mother's Day cards (1952) BarcaLounger (1955) Zippo (1954) Kool-Aid (1962)
OK fellas, Valentine's Day is right around the corner. You know the drill by now so make with the flowers, candy, and assorted frilly things declaring your undying love. Need some suggestions this year? Here's some vintage Valentine's Day advertisements to help you get in the mood... for shopping. (Western Union Telegram, 1948) DEAR LIZ SAW YOU IN MALT SHOP, FOLLOWED YOU HOME. PLEASE DO NOT CALL POLICE ON ME AGAIN. I WAS ROOTING IN YOUR TRASH BECAUSE I LOVE YOU. YOU WILL REALIZE THIS SOME DAY. YOU CANNOT STOP ME. LOVE, YOUR DESTINY (Baker's Coconut, 1940) Mmmmmmmm! Nothing says "I love you" like a shag cake from a can. (Columbia Grafonola, 1921) I say this with no sarcasm whatsoever - I would gladly accept any of the items in this ad as a gift. The Grafo
For more Thanksgiving ads, check out the Holiday Retrotisements section of the main site. In terms of marketability, Thanksgiving is important mostly because its end marks the official kickoff of the Christmas shopping season (aka Black Friday). That distinction is becoming more and more meaningless, however, as most stores now trot out their Christmas crap before Halloween. So in that sense, Thanksgiving is really more of a transitional holiday than an end in itself. That's reflected in advertising for the day, which has a bit of a haphazard feel. It stands to reason that since Thanksgiving involves gorging, Campbell's tries to get in on the action. So we have a pair of ads here. The first is straightforward enough, extolling the virtues of turkey noodle soup. And dig that mod