Category Archives: vintage ads

This is why we can’t have nice things. Oh, wait…

1948 magazine ad for the Van Raalte Company
1948 magazine ad for the Van Raalte Company

I’m assuming this company wasn’t named after Dutch Reformed clergyman Albertus van Raalte, but maybe?

Nope. It’s was Emanuel van Raalte. Oh well.

I tried, but can’t quite make out the artist’s signature. Probably not Walt Disney.

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Before there was Netflix and Chill, there was Bartlett’s and Boink.

Magazine ad for Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations found in the July 7, 1972 issue of Life magazine.
Magazine ad for Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations found in the July 7, 1972 issue of Life magazine.

“Do… or do not. There is no try.” — Winston Churchill

John Bartlett’s “Familiar Quotations” was first printed in 1855. It’s still in print (many versions later), but it has also made the leap into the app world.

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Fee-fi-fo-fum bear meat’s always yummy-yum!

1953 ad for Sugar Crisp cereal found in a Dell Roy Rogers comic book
1953 ad for Sugar Crisp cereal found in a Dell Roy Rogers comic book

Dandy, Handy and Candy were later replaced by Sugar Bear.

Sugar Crisp is now known as Golden Crisp, because that’s much healthier.

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You can really taste the mole asses.

Instant Postum magazine ad found on the back cover of the October 1920 issue of Delineator.
Instant Postum magazine ad found on the back cover of the October 1920 issue of Delineator.

Three ingredients: roasted wheat bran, wheat and molasses.

Postum was developed by C. W. Post, the Grape-Nuts guy. 

It’s baaaack! 

Owl fun facts!

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Please don’t slug the excavator. 

1948 magazine ad (not full page) for Wheaties cereal
1948 magazine ad (not full page) for Wheaties cereal

How Wheaties Became the ‘Breakfast of Champions

Art by Irwin Caplan (“Cap”), illustrator/painter/designer/cartoonist. Wanna see his house?

Johnny Mize was a left-handed Hall of Famer. At last check, some of Johnny Mize’s baseball cards go for over $7,700 on eBay.

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Would you like to buy a monkey?

Back-of-the-magazine ad for mail order monkeys found in the August 1965 issue of Sports Afield
Back-of-the-magazine ad for mail order monkeys found in the August 1965 issue of Sports Afield

What was it like to get a monkey in the mail? Find out here!

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Don’t forget to burp’m.

Magazine ad for Tupperware found in the August 1965 issue of Sports Afield
Magazine ad for Tupperware found in the August 1965 issue of Sports Afield

A little bit on Fairman Wallace “Wally” Taber here and here. Dude studied photography with Ansel Adams.

The history of Tupperware parties. Did you know about Earl Tupper and his savior, Brownie Wise?

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Obnoxious Advertising

Obnoxious Advertising — Published Under Direction of Thomas Hall Secretary of State — 1917
Obnoxious Advertising — Published Under Direction of Thomas Hall Secretary of State — 1917

Thank you, Ann and Bismarck Antique Mall, for thinking of me when you found this gem.

Johnny Gasparini would’ve gotten his two dollars on one of these.

Found in an October 1968 issue of Outdoor Life
Found in an October 1968 issue of Outdoor Life

Snow Bikes have been around in one form or another for 100 years or so.

The conversion kits cost a little bit more these days.

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Sit on it.

Magazine ad for Hart Schaffner & Marx found in a December 5, 1960 issue of Sports Illustrated

Magazine ad for Hart Schaffner & Marx found in a December 5, 1960 issue of Sports Illustrated

Great art direction for this menswear ad, oozing style and confidence, but now I want to find out more about the cool chair the suited dude is sitting in. Somebody thought it could be a Lucite chair but I’m not sure. Anyone know?