Television is the first audiovisual device that changed the way people see entertainment. It opened the realm of recreation and mass communication. It made possible for people and families to watch live events in the comforts of their drawing room. By 1950s, the aftermath of World War II had faded away. Economy was booming againContinue reading “35 Amazing Photos of TV Advertisements From the 1950s”
Before ‘political correctness’ was ever invented, the motorcycle industry loved to target males (sorry ladies) using some good old fashioned ‘sex sells’ tactics. They’d usually do it with headlines filled with sexual innuendo and many, many beautifully seductive women. Women that stared you in the eye and said “Purchase this fine motorbike and you willContinue reading “27 Fascinating Scooter and Motorcycle Ads From the 1960s”
The bell bottom pants became popular in the late 1960s and continued to widen into the ’70s as they gained in popularity. This was a time where polyester became a popular fabric to use in clothing. Also bold colors and prints became part of men’s fashion for the first time. Early 1970s fashion was aContinue reading “45 Amazing Retro Photos of Men’s Fashions From the 1970s”
Lambretta (Italian pronunciation: [lam’bretta]) is the brand name of mainly motor scooters, initially manufactured in Milan, Italy, by Innocenti. The name is derived from the word Lambrate, the suburb of Milan named after the river Lambro which flows through the area, and where the factory was located. Lambretta was the name of a mythical water-spriteContinue reading “28 Interesting Photos of Lambretta Ads From the 1950s and 1960s”
Tobacco cards were first included in cigarette packs in the 1870s, with the purpose of stiffening each pack to lessen the chance that it would be crushed or bent. It wasn’t long before some enterprising soul saw their potential for brand promotion and a new advertising medium was born. By the mid-1880s, manufacturers were printingContinue reading “Vintage Portraits of 30 Beautiful Young Actresses on Cigarettes Tobacco Cards From the Early 1900s”
Coca-Cola, or Coke, is a carbonated soft drink manufactured by the Coca-Cola Company. Originally marketed as a temperance drink and intended as a patent medicine, it was invented in the late 19th century by John Stith Pemberton in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1888 Pemberton sold Coca-Cola’s ownership rights to Asa Griggs Candler, a businessman, whose marketingContinue reading “Photos of Vintage Coca-Cola Signs, from New York City to Bangkok”
How many brilliant ways can you sell a car? In 1949, William Bernbach, along with colleagues, Ned Doyle and Maxwell Dane, formed Doyle Dane Bernbach (DDB), the Manhattan advertising agency that would create the revolutionary Volkswagen ad campaigns of the 1950s and 1960s. Bernbach’s artistic approach to print advertising was innovative, and he understood thatContinue reading “23 Amazing Volkswagen Ads of the 1960s”
The 1950s were an innocent time in America as far as mainstream advertising went. But one campaign was quite racy. The Griffin Microsheen ads were for men’s shoe polish. But nary a man’s face and rarely a man’s foot ever made an appearance in the campaign. All the ads are from the mid- to late-1950s.