Good Clean Fun: Vintage Soap Ads

Back in the day, bath soap had only two purposes: To get the dirt off and make you beautiful. Forget today’s body washes, bath bombs and aerosols. Grab a cake and lather up.  After framing, many of these vintage ads make great decorations for the bathroom. See hundreds of similar vintage magazine ads and covers […]

Great Dog Illustrations

Who can resist a puppy picture? Here are some great vintage dog illustrations. These are tear sheets available at Monroe Street Books. Click the links below to purchase these great ads and covers. Suitable for framing. Check out all our Vintage Magazine Covers here. Monroe Street Books has a selection of books with dog illustrations. […]

Zany Trade Cards-Small ads of the late 1800s

One of the most popular forms of advertising for small businesses at the turn of the century were trade cards (small space ads).  They were about half the size of today’s postcard. And they were typically a pre-printed color image on the front.  The local businesses would print their own message on the blank reverse […]

Austin Briggs: His Advertising Illustrations

The artist Austin Briggs was rightly celebrated for his masterly editorial illustrations for magazines through the 1940s and 50s. His art drew the reader right into the stories with a sense of drama and anticipation, like a good movie trailer. Somewhat ignored is the advertising work he did for clients like American Airlines, General Motors […]

Artists who illustrated in the CEREAL WARS

Advertisers put illustrators to work painting adults and mostly children scarfing down all kinds of grains in all kinds of shapes. The idea of pouring milk on a bowl of cereal was a convenient and appealing answer to the problem of breakfast. Here’s some of the artists who succeeded in making it an everyday fixture […]

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