Vintage Ads

Written by Charles Peacock
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Vintage ads are a great old-school decorative touch that can still be colorful and fun. The popularity of vintage ads has really taken off in the last ten years, to the extent that people are actually producing new vintage advertisements specifically for decorative purposes. (It may sound like an oxymoron, but "new vintage" things do exist--the advantage being that they're just as good, and cheaper, than the originals.)

Finding Vintage Ads

Since you're no longer limited to antique shops and garage sales, you can find vintage advertisements all over the place. Old fashioned (looking) Coca-Cola placards are particularly common--probably to the great consternation of the producers of old fashioned Pepsi signs. The nicer ones are made of tin or aluminum with a baked-on enamel finish that look great on any wall.

You can also find vintage ads for now-defunct gas stations, hamburger joints, and even cleaning products. I really like ads that show older versions of well-known characters or logos, such as the ones for Aunt Jemima or Mr. Clean. Most of these are available in the same aluminum signs that I mentioned above.

If you won't settle for anything less than the real thing, it still shouldn't be a problem. The Internet is a great place to look for antiques, because you're basically dealing with a market of 250 million people instead of just the people who live in your home town. A quick search around the Web will turn up all sorts of good stuff, from Esso pins to original Ford Mustang posters.


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