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
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
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
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
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
See Below for Example Vintage Magazine Ads:
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
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