Vintage Advertising

Written by Charles Peacock
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Vintage advertising has become popular as a form of art in recent years. Perhaps this is a reaction to our ad-saturated culture, perhaps it's simply because a lot of our old ads are--quite frankly--quite beautiful. Whatever your reason for collecting vintage advertising, there's no question that it can be a really unique choice for decorative art.

Vintage Advertising Comes in Many Forms

A popular form of vintage advertising is old print ads. Whether they're poster-sized or simply cut out from a magazine, these types of ads can make great wall decorations if mounted and placed in a nice frame. A cheap way to make cool decorations for your home is to go through old magazines and find nice looking ads, then frame them.

One of my favorite types of vintage advertising is advertisements for brands that no longer exist. In the early to mid 20th century brand names were particularly creative. Having framed ads for things like "Whizz Cola" and "Mister Slacks Pants" can add a light-hearted touch to your home.

Another type of vintage advertising that you may not have thought of is to display the original labels or cans that products used to come in. I like to collect old fashioned tins, which are lidded boxes that contained everything from corn flour to chocolate chips. The great thing about these tins is that in addition to making attractive display pieces, they can also make great hiding places for all your favorite goodies!


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