Category Archives: vintage ads

Hobnob with the Snobs

“Tonight we will enjoy only the finest of tastes and only the snootiest of laughter.”

— Preston Northwest, Gravity Falls

The California Limited
1904 magazine ad for the hoity-toity California Limited
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The perfect word.

Behold, the out-of-print poster you never knew you wanted.

The perfect word.
Found in Rolling Stone Magazine, May 22, 1975.
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An angry thunderbolt of terror explodes out of the ocean’s depths!

♬ DaadumbDaadumbDadumb dadumb dadumb dadumb.

Orca
Found on the back cover of Marvel’s The Tomb of Dracula, Lord of Vampires #60 (September 1977) comic book.

Jaws it ain’t.

“A lousier movie may get made one of these days or years, but it will have to wrest the trophy from the dead and icy grasp of Orca.” — LA Times

“If it were medically possible to overdose on claptrap, Orca, which opened yesterday at the Criterion and other theaters, would be compelled to carry a warning from the Surgeon General.” — The New York Times

Well, now I’m probably going to have to find and watch it.

Spoiler alert: Bo Derek (in her movie debut) supposedly gets her leg chomped off in this masterpiece.

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Coca-Cola 1906 – Victorians sure talked purdy.

Fun fact: Just three years before this 1906 ad from Massengale Advertising ran, cocaine was removed from the Coca-Cola formula.

1906 Coca-Cola Massengale magazine ad
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Ah-h-h, man… there’s real flavor!

I was excited to discover that a 1948 issue of Dakota Farmer that I won at auction had a full page ad for Grain Belt beer. Even better, 70 or so years ago, some kid colored in the teeth of the feller in the ad, which as we all know, increases its value in the collectibles market by at least 50x.

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There’s always room for Maxfield Parrish

Watch it wiggle, see it jiggle.

1922 Jell-O ad by Maxfield Friggin’ Parrish

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You say “yip like a terrier” like it’s a bad thing.

Yip. Doggie trivia: Terriers are described as small, wiry, game, fearless, and created to hunt vermin.
Good ol’ Rugged Rock Hudson — Found on the back cover of an April, 1956 Coronet magazine.
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Gadzooks! Post-Victorian Fashion!

“Hey! Same outfit!”

A huge Fall and Winter 1902/1903 catalog for Chicago’s Tailor-Made Clothing Co. filled with — so this is where that phrase comes from — fashion plates!

I learned something!

(See tape dispenser for scale. I won this at an auction but still haven’t figured out how to store it because it’s too wide for my plastic bins.)

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Dick Won All Around When…

Ad for Thin Gillette Blades found in March 1946 issue of Fifteen Western Tales

They’re plenty keen.

Price comparison: In 1946, four thin Gillette blades cost 10¢. In 2019, four Gillette Fusion ProGlide Men’s Razor Blade refills cost $17.99 on Amazon.

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“lickin’ and larnin’”

Found in the March 1946 issue of Fifteen Western Tales.

Abraham Lincoln
his hand and pen.
he will be good but
god knows When

Historical note: The poem in the ad is a Lincoln original written in his math book when he was in his teens. Would you like to know more?

A bit of Inkograph history can be found here.

(I’m assuming that the “lickin’” has something to do with old-timey writing instruments to get the ink flowing, but I could be wrong. Also, I’m trying to keep things clean.)

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