20 Amazing Vintage Personal Computer Ads From the 1980s

Vintage ads reflect how people thought and felt about things in a certain era—or at least how a certain group of people hoped consumers thought and felt. In early personal computer ads, there’s a conscious link to a sci-fi version of the future but also a push to convince you that these machines are fun:Continue reading “20 Amazing Vintage Personal Computer Ads From the 1980s”

Photographer Flips Gender Roles in “Mad Men” Era Ads, And Some Men Will Not Like the Result

Eli Rezkallah, a photographer and video editor from Beirut, Lebanon, recently created a photo series called In a Parallel Universe. The series takes sexist vintage ads from the mid-20th century and switches the gender roles. Rezkallah says it all started with a conversation between his relatives. “Last Thanksgiving, I overheard my uncles talk about howContinue reading “Photographer Flips Gender Roles in “Mad Men” Era Ads, And Some Men Will Not Like the Result”

The First Real Woman in a Menstrual Hygiene Ad (Kotex): Lee Miller

In order to make some money after arriving in New York, the young Lee Miller made stock photos for the famous American photographer Edward Steichen. Steichen sold some to Kotex, which put one into the first menstrual hygiene ad ever to show a real person; it ran from July 1928 into 1929. America, and Miller,Continue reading “The First Real Woman in a Menstrual Hygiene Ad (Kotex): Lee Miller”

Vintage Photos of Men at Working at Computers During the 1970s & 1980s

Computers truly came into their own as great inventions in the last two decades of the 20th century. By 1965, there were 22,500 computers in the United States . The smallest model available weighed a now-whopping 59 lbs. The government was spending a billion dollars a year on its computers — that’s about $7.4 billionContinue reading “Vintage Photos of Men at Working at Computers During the 1970s & 1980s”

Magic Massage From Dr. Swift

Victorian era advertisement for a massage treatment to cure female “hysteria.” You don’t have to be Einstein to figure out exactly what the “doctor” is doing, and as shocking as it may seem to modern sensibilities, treatments such as this were considered perfectly acceptable in the 19th and early 20th century. The ad definitely appearsContinue reading “Magic Massage From Dr. Swift”

24 Amazing Runaway Slave Ads From the 19th Century

Throughout the 500-year history of slavery in North America, enslaved people tried to escape. Once newspapers were common, enslavers posted “runaway ads” to try to locate these fugitives. When fugitives escaped, enslavers often placed runaway notices in newspapers. Such ads included any kind of information that might help readers identify the fugitive: the name, height,Continue reading “24 Amazing Runaway Slave Ads From the 19th Century”

Unbelievable American Slave Sale and Auction Ads From the 19th Century

The legal institution of human chattel slavery, comprising the enslavement primarily of Africans and African Americans, was prevalent in the United States of America from its founding in 1776 until the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment on December 6, 1865. The Amendment prohibited “slavery [and] involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime.” Slavery wasContinue reading “Unbelievable American Slave Sale and Auction Ads From the 19th Century”

The Volkswagen Theory of Evolution – How the VW Beetle Changed Over the Years

Here’s a scan of a Volkswagen advertisement from 1963. The ad features a grid of black and white photos of the VW Beetle from 1949 to 1963 in order to highlight how little the Beetle’s design changed during that period. The ad is titled “The Volkswagen Theory of Evolution.” Can you spot the Volkswagen withContinue reading “The Volkswagen Theory of Evolution – How the VW Beetle Changed Over the Years”

27 Fantastic Vintage Circus Posters from the Late 19th Century

A circus is a company of performers who put on diverse entertainment shows that may include clowns, acrobats, trained animals, trapeze acts, musicians, dancers, hoopers, tightrope walkers, jugglers, magicians, ventriloquists, and unicyclists as well as other object manipulation and stunt-oriented artists. The term circus also describes the performance which has followed various formats through itsContinue reading “27 Fantastic Vintage Circus Posters from the Late 19th Century”

30 Strange and Hilarious Vintage Feminine Hygiene Ads From the Early 20 Century

In the late 1800s, disposable cloth towels to be worn during menstruation were introduced as a product category marketed to middle- and upper-class women. Before then, even the wealthiest women had made their own menstrual supplies from yard goods. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the practice of birth control was rarely discussed publicly,Continue reading “30 Strange and Hilarious Vintage Feminine Hygiene Ads From the Early 20 Century”