We pay attention to advertising a lot more than we’d like to think. At the bus stop, in traffic and even right here on this very website, helping me to keep this thing chugging away. But I’d like to make a plea to all those ‘Mad Men’ agencies, print designers and graphic artists– would it be possible to pick up a paint brush a little more often? Pretty please?!
I found a delightful archive of vintage printable adverts while researching for an article the other day, so feast your eyes, starting with this Adler typewriters advertising poster circa 1909 by Lucian Bernhard.
Condor electric’s art nouveau style graphics.
Dental care 1942, US Public Health poster.
French Belle Epoque advertising for milk.
19th Century flying machine for French chocolatier, Suchard.
Another imaginative invention from Suchard.
A French political poster “for peace” in 1919.
French WWI poster urging economising and home gardening.
Travel advert for Whitley Bay, UK, with a side of false advertising of British weather.
Advert for John Kelly’s Fine Shoes Rochester, NY.
A turn of the century advert, presumably for a publication called The Sun (not to be confused with Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid newspaper).
French advertising poster for funeral flowers.
A beautiful capture of the Paris Exposition of 1900.
Find many more vintage printables here.