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Decorating with Vintage Magazine Ads
by Chuck Young

Description: Tips for decorating your home with vintage magazine ads.

Do you ever remember the "Good Old Days"? Everyone can get a little nostalgic but how about expressing that nostalgia through art? With the recent growth of vintage nostalgia, a new trend in decorating includes the collecting and display of vintage magazine ads.

For example, if you have a home bar, you may be interested in framing some old Ballantine ale or Jack Daniels ads. If your first car was a 1969 Chevelle, you may want to frame a vintage Chevrolet ad.

Colorful full page ads seem to spark the most interest although there are some really classic black and white ads. These ads from days gone by contain some truly classic looks that you just don't see today. Before the advent of computer graphics, most of these ads required an artist rendering, the likes of which are rarely used today. The attention to detail in the artwork of many of these ads is simply amazing.

More than the classic looks, they provide a glimpse into a different time as well as how society viewed the world. For example, many of the cigarette ads from the 1940's - 1950's feature prominent actors, actresses and sports figures. This is something you would never see in today's "PC" (Politically Correct) world.

At the other end of the spectrum, many of these past ads portray American life at home. An ad for Campbell's soup features a brother and sister coming in out of the cold to find Mom with two steaming hot bowls of soup. Families eating meals together, traveling together and well..just plain being together are more examples of how times have changed.

See Below for Example Vintage Magazine Ads:
http://www.frugal-home-decor.com/pics/1958_GulfStation.jpg
http://www.frugal-home-decor.com/pics/1940Plymouth.jpg

This trend lead me to start collecting and eventually selling these classic ads. I have heard some really great ideas. Many of these ads adorn home bars, garages and playrooms. The best story to date is a customer that was going to wallpaper their bathroom with vintage soap and perfume ads. Truly creative! To see some of these great ads, check out http://www.Vintage-Ads.com


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