Friday, December 21, 2007

Christmas advertising ain't what it used to be

I am a big fan of Leif Peng's art blog, Today's Inspiration, which features vintage illustration and advertising art. If you like this kind of thing, I highly recommend his blog!

I was, well, inspired by Leif's blog, and decided to post some vintage Christmas ads, which I found via a google image search. Unfortunately, I was not able to get the names of the artists or the exact dates for most of theses ads. The first ad is from 1926, and you'll see that one of the pieces is signed by Norman Rockwell. Other than that, I'm in the dark on this stuff. If anyone would like to provide any information, that would be really nice-- as Leif rightly points out, so many of these great illustrators of the past are largely unknown today.

If you are as old as I am, these ads will really take you back to another world. I hope you enjoy them.

Hey, kids, how about a nice pocket watch for Christmas? And dig that bearskin rug!

How about.... a new car!
(Note: a car ad with no car! You won't see that today.)

You don't see too many of these any more...

Just the thing for the modern housewife!

Now these are what I call Christmas lights! Later for those little twinkle lights. These are the real deal!

Cool!!! Rifles for the whole family! (Actually, they are just pellet guns, but still-- way cool!)

To go with your pellet guns, hey-- how about a few cocktails! Nothing says "Merry Christmas" like a little Johnny Walker. Delicious, and nutritious. "Hey mom, can I have another one?"

On second thought, maybe we should all just have some 7-Up....

1 comment:

Mats Halldin said...

LOL! Yes, Christmas will always be what it never was. :P

/ Mats