“America’s Finest Silverplate” These celebrity endorsed ads for 1847 Rogers Bros cutlery date from 1939-45.
“The wonder flame that cools as well as heats!” These illustrated ads for American Gas Association date from 1941-47.
“Give American toys to American girls and boys.” This ad by The American Toy Institute is from Christmas 1949. Following the ad were three pages full of various American manufactured toys.
“I’ll be sunk if you won’t be my Valentine!” Here’s a selection of animal themed Valentines cards, because nothing expresses love quite like creepy monkeys and suicidal skunks.
“Purity. Body. Flavour” These ads for Ballantine ale date from 1947-48. They each had a description of the three rings logo and the same tag line of “America’s largest selling Ale”.
“Purity, body and flavour in every glass.” This illustrated ad campaign for Ballantine ale ran from 1948-50 and each ad had the same sentence winding around a glass and bottle.
“No finer fit at any price!”These six ads for Bestform lingerie are from 1944, with particularly pert bosomed illustrations by American pin-up artist George Petty.
“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.
“Doris discovers it’s easy to eat fancy!” These ads for various Birds Eye frozen food products date from 1949-50. Mid to late 1949 saw the introduction of a little chick character in cold weather clothing who was included a comic strip at the top of each ad.
“New sizes! New shapes! New pleasure!” These ads for Blackstone Cigars date from 1944-45.
“Drink your vitamins and like ’em!” These illustrated ads by Walter Early for Borden’s Hemo, a fortified chocolate malt drink, date from 1942-46.
“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.
“The champ of headache remedies.”These ads for Bromo-Seltzer antacid date from 1940, endorsed by various headache riddled celebrities of the time.
“True Towel Tales” These six ads for Cannon towels date from 1943-44, illustrated by Stevan Dohanos, Fred Ludekens and James Bingham.
“Silky Red Cap. Silky Carling’s.” These illustrated ads for Carling’s “Red Cap” ale date from 1947-48. They all had dark green backgrounds and a mixture of outline and full illustrations.
“Great expectations…great refreshment.” These illustrated ads for Carling’s “Red Cap” ale date from 1948-49, with illustrations by L.M. Simpson.
“Always Buy Chesterfield.” These ads for Chesterfield cigarettes date from 1945-50 and featured their ABC slogan. Many of the ads featured celebrities of the time.
“I don’t know how he does it” These black and white photo story ad’s for Colgate toothpaste date from 1944, a style which was used for several years. All the ads featured unlucky-in-love soldiers and sailors with various dental hygiene issues.
“New laminating process gives you quality where it counts – on the surface!” These ads for various recording from Columbia Records “Masterworks” collection date from 1942-43.
“These are the things we are fighting for.” This illustrated ad campaign for Community silverplate cutlery date from 1942-43. The artwork was by Jon Whitcomb, Alex Ross plus a few unsigned illustrations.
“This is for keeps.” This illustrated ad campaign for Community silverplate cutlery ran throughout 1946. The artwork was by Jon Whitcomb and featured young couples getting married.
“Let’s make it for keeps.” This illustrated ad campaign for Community silverplate cutlery ran throughout 1947. The artwork was by Jon Whitcomb and featured young couples who plan to get married.
“The happiest brides have Community.” This illustrated ad campaign for Community silverplate cutlery ran throughout 1948 and 1949. The artwork was by Jon Whitcomb and featured happy young brides.
“Walls go gay!” These double-page spread ads for Congoleum-Nairn linoleum and congoleum floor and wall coverings are from 1948-49.
“Reflections on Hawaii’s Bounty” These two illustrated ads for Dole “Pineapple Juice” and “Pineapple Slices” were painted by Lloyd Sexton in 1945-46.
“Package of smiles!” These graphic style ads for Dr West’s “Miracle Tuft” toothbrushes date from 1947-52, with photography by Bauman-Greene.
“Brushing puts a gleam in your hair.” These ads for Du Pont hair brushes date from 1946-48 and featured lovely ladies brushing their luxurious locks.
“With lovely new clothes and completion, Margaret Ryan plans a Cabana honeymoon.” These honeymoon themed ads for DuBarry beauty preparations date from 1945.
“I’m not a bad girl! You’re a bad mommy!” These adverts for Fletcher’s Castoria date from 1939-1941 and feature a lot of finger pointing, angry parents, threats of spanking, and constipated children.
“The finest woollens in the world.”This long running ad campaign by Forstmann Woolen Company dates from 1944-56, and ran from September to April each year. The ads had a background of three swathes of fabric with a model wearing clothes made from them.
“For Lines That Live”This ad campaign by Forstmann Woollen Company dates from 1941-42. Each ad featured a selection of black and white photographs of the same outfit from a different shoot.
“Loomed For You”This ad campaign by Forstmann Woolen Company dates from 1943-44. Each ad was participially framed with woollen fabric.
“Be lovely to love.”
These ads for Fresh deodorant are from 1946-51. The design changed very little over the years, always featuring a kissing couple wearing glamorous evening attire.
“Are Bulbsnatchers people?” These ads for G.E Lamps, produced by General Electric, date from 1946-47 and featured different celebrities of the time “bulbsnatching”!
“Anybody can have a better figure!” These black & white illustrated ads for Jantsen girdles and panty-girdles are from 1947-50. The artwork was by Pete Hawley.
“Now I’ll be the mama!” These slightly terrifying ads featuring giant babies and tiny mothers are for Johnson’s Baby Oil & Baby Powder. They date from 1944-48.
“The natural line is the beauty line.” These illustrated ads for Kayser gloves date from 1939-43. Kayser, similar to Van Raalte, produced gloves, stockings and lingerie.
“Mother Knows Best!” These ads for Kellogg’s of breakfast cereal variety packs date from 1949. The packs included Pep, Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies, Shredded Wheat, Corn Soya, Krumbles and Bran Flakes.
“If she always struggles like this… When you wish she’d snuggle like this… Try this!” These ads for Life Savers breath freshener sweets date from 1942-47.
“Have you tried a Lucky lately?” These ads for Lucky Strike cigarettes are from 1938-42. They all feature various tobacco experts at work, mulling over their dried leaves.
“Lucky Strike means fine tobacco!” These ads for Lucky Strike cigarettes date from 1942-47, illustrated by various artists.
“Feel your level best!” These ads for Lucky Strike cigarettes date from early to mid 1949.
“”Once her hair was her despair, now she’s a Lustre-Creme Dream Girl.”” These Lustre Creme shampoo ads from 1948 all had a very similar theme: shiny hair does a husband find.
“I like smooth men!” These illustrated pin-up girl ads are for Mennen shaving cream and after shave (called “Skin Bracer”). They’re from 1946-47 and feature artwork by Norman Mingo.
In the early 1940’s, Munsingwear produced a selection of adverts featuring sports and work related activities. They remind me of paper dolls, but with more bending over (as you would expect from Munsingwear).
“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.
“Candy’s dandy…keep it handy!” These ads by the The Council on Candy of the National Confectioners Association date from 1946-47. Featuring illustrations by Vernon Grant, the ad campaign encouraged Americans to eat candy for energy.
“For fun and profit!” These ads for Northwestern School of Taxidermy date between 1910 and 1953. They are all from Popular Mechanics magazine.
“Outstanding!” These ads for Pall Mall cigarettes date from 1947-49. They were all long, half-page ads with a bright red background and plain white text.
“Doctors prove 2 out of 3 women can have more beautiful skin in 14 days!” These ads for Palmolive soap are from 1943-44, and offered women scientific proof of a more beautiful skin for those whose complexion had “lost that lovely look”.
“So WONDERful, it’s fit for a Queen!” This ad campaign for Philco refrigerators date from 1948 and featured illustrated characters from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
“Her eyes light up for the man with P.A!” These adverts for Prince Albert Cigarettes are from 1944-49. They all feature chaps going about their business, adoring toothy women, perfect hair and pipe appeal!
“A lovelier brush for lovelier hair!” These ads for Pro-phy-lac-tic “Jewelite” hair brushes date from 1945-49.
“C is for Cat…and so is Puss ‘n Boots”These ads for Puss ‘n Boots cat food date from 1947-48, with illustrations by Feodor Rojankovsky.
“RC tastes best!” These full page colour ads for Royal Crown Cola date from 1942-48. Each ad featured well a known actress of the time and their current staring role.
“Best by taste test!” These half-page, black, white and red ads for Royal Crown Cola date from 1943-48. Each ad featured well a known actress of the time and their current staring role.
“Fresh up with Seven-Up!” These Seven Up ads date from 1946. They continued in style from the previous year with the floating grinning heads, but also included cut-out illustrations posed with real bottles of soda.
“Like magic!” These ads for Sinclair “Opaline” motor oil are from 1947. The ads had a magical theme, and featured stars of current movies.
“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.
“How to look every inch the country gentleman.” These ads for Stetson Hats date from 1945-48. They were mainly illustrated by Phil Dormont, but other artists were also used here and there, including Slayton Underhill, Scott Evans, Edwin Dahlberg and a couple whose signatures I can’t read.
“No other toothbrush has all these features!” These two ads for Tek toothbrushes are from 1947. They were illustrated by Robert George Harris.
“Silky soft as a dandelion puff.”These beautiful illustrated ads for Textron women’s underwear date from 1945-49.
“Silky soft as a dandelion puff.”These beautiful illustrated ads for Textron women’s underwear date from 1945-49.
This is a selection of some of my favourite vintage Halloween postcards I’ve gathered together on over the past few days (edited to bring their colours out). There are some right mad ones in there!
“It’s loaded, but only with love for you.” Here’s a selection of weapon themed Valentines cards, featuring an array of guns, knives, hammers, and even a tank!
“Watch him crush it!” These ads for Wembley neckwear date from 1941-42, and featured American wrestlers of the day doing their best to wrinkle their “Nor-East” ties.
“For better sight use better light!” These black and white illustrated ads for Mazda Lamps, produced by Westinghouse, date from 1941-42. Unfortunately the artist/artists didn’t sign them so I don’t know who they are by.
“You’re positively colossal, Psyche!” These illustrated ads for White Rock sparkling water date from 1946-48, with artwork by John Holmgren. Each ad featured the (very) scantily clad character of Psyche getting on wives nerves and over exciting the menfolk before calming them all down with a drink.
“Keeps you sparkling, too!” These three illustrated ads for White Rock sparkling water date from 1946. They were illustrated by Slayton Underhill and Edwin Dahlberg.
“A woman never forgets a man who remembers!” These ads for Whitman’s Chocolates date from 1940-53.
“New York milliners show balloon silhouettes, curlicue crowns and jelly rolls gone glamorous.” These wonderfully extravagant hats are from Life magazine, August 1945.
“Want a Morning Glory complexion? Take a Woodbury Beauty Nightcap tonight.”These ads for Woodbury Cold Cream are all from 1941. Each one featured a different famous actress of the time, plus a mention of the film they were currently starring in.
“Thrill to the tone and beauty!” These illustrated Wurlitzer jukebox ads date from 1947-48, with artwork by Albert Dorne.
“The perfume of lovely women everywhere.” These ads for Yardley’s “Bond Street” perfume date from 1947-48. They feature illustrated backgrounds by W K Plummer and Bernard Lamotte.