“Ask for Birds Eye, Get Birds Eye!” These ads for various Birds Eye frozen food products date from 1946-49. Each ad featured a different recipe and technicolour photo, plus little illustrations at the bottom.
“Margarine for me!” These ads for the National Association of Margarine Manufacturers date from 1947-48. They all had bright yellow backgrounds and were three distinct styles, two of which were illustrated.
“Pick Dole: the pineapple with the fresh fruit taste.” This ad campaign for Dole “Hawaiian Pineapple” dates from 1962-66. Each advert also included a recipe.
“If the Snider folks put it up… it tastes like home!” These fun illustrated ads for Snider’s “Old Fashioned Chili Sauce” and “Catsup” date from 1943-48.
“Reflections on Hawaii’s Bounty” These two illustrated ads for Dole “Pineapple Juice” and “Pineapple Slices” were painted by Lloyd Sexton in 1945-46.
“Cold or hot, Spam hits the spot!” These ads for Spam, produced by the Hormel Food Company, date from 1941.
“Truly Hawaiian” These three wonderful illustrated ads for Dole “Pineapple Juice” and “Pineapple Gems” were painted by A.M. Cassandre in 1938.
“A tip from Elsie, the Borden cow.” These slightly disturbing illustrated ads for Borden’s mincemeat date from 1940-41.
“If it’s Borden’s it’s got to be good!” These illustrations by Walter Early are from Borden’s dairy adverts from 1939-1949.
“Gain a youthful figure with the new bread diet!”These ads by the American Institute Of Baking are from 1939. They recommended six slices of bread a day within their included diet to help reduce weight without losing energy. Sounds good to me!
“Here are more of those Fun-to-Bake, Fun-to-Cut-Up cakes!”This was the second little animal cake booklet by Baker’s Coconut, which was published in 1959 by General Foods Corp. There were fifteen different cake ideas, all decorated with Angel Flakes.
“A calendar of new cake-making ideas!”This little animal cake booklet from Baker’s Coconut was published in 1956 by General Foods Corp. They were all decorated with Angel Flakes and was one cake idea for each month.
“Kraft…means more than cooking.” This ad campaign by Kraft ran in 1975. Each ad included a recipe using various Kraft products.
“Have a Swanson night soon!” These Swanson TV dinner adverts are from 1955-56. I find the simple design of these ads appealing, the food not so much.
“See how baby grows.”
These two baby’s weight cards by Cow & Gate and Glaxo are from 1966 and 1971.
“3 Day-3 Way”
These four recipe cards by Margaret Powell for Woman’s Own magazine are from the early 1970’s.
“Free Ladybird Books!”
This Crosse & Blackwell “Baked Beans” tin label is from the early to mid 1970’s, and featured an offer on the back for free Ladybird books for children.
“For the gayest Easter eggs!” These two adverts for food colourings are from 1958 & 1963.
“A pretty girl steps inside a latex balloon.”I recently came across this bizarre article from 1939, demonstrating the use of latex wrapping on meat by placing a semi-dressed lady inside a giant balloon and shrink wrapping her.
Television, toys, games and movie cereals from the 1980’s-90’s. Mmm, artificially flavoured goodness! Oooh, and apparently peanut better and chocolate-flavoured crispy sweetened 2-grain cereal is E.T.’s favourite flavours…
“What woman does not long to be carried like a lamb in the arms of the man she loves.”< Published in 1984, The Romance of Food by Barbara Cartland features over 170 pages full of cream-laden “aphrodisiacs for the young lovers”, all beautifully photographed in the kitsch-est 1980’s style imaginable.
Here are a few vintage Christmas food adverts from 1958-61. And for after your cranberry-mayo candle feast, Alka-Selzer.
In 1939, Kellogg’s ran a series of comic strip style adverts topped with a photo for their whole-wheat breakfast cereal Pep, featuring the classic line “So the harder a wife works, the cuter she looks”. I got to get me some Pep!
“I never saw anyone hoot for an owl until Baker’s Coconut!” These wonderful wacky animal cakes are from Baker’s Coconut 1961-62 “I never saw” Angel Flakes advertising campaign. I’ll take the pink elephant one please!