Get a Taste of Christmas with some Vintage Advertising Designs

Advertising is one of the oldest art forms developed by man, brought on by the necessities of early consumerism. It dates way back to 4000 BC when the Indians used wall paintings as an equivalent to the modern-day billboards, as well as the Egyptians, ancient Greeks and Romans who used papyrus as support for sales messages.
In this note and seeing as the winter holidays are approaching, we have put together a series of vintage commercials to get you into the holiday spirit.

Durham Cigar Store&Co.

One of the oldest, yet still catchy commercials we have found is for Durham Cigar Store&Co. In 1880, they offered a Christmas gift suitable for gentlemen of all ages.

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In the 1900s, Kodak is there to capture the family’s special moments on Christmas.

Abercrombie & Fitch

In the early 1920s, the long-lasting retail company Abercrombie & Fitch advertise their winter-appropriate wear.


Following closely, Colgate encourages a smaller, yet useful gift.


Also in the ’20s, Gillette brings forth an elegant package containing safety razors.


In 1935, Guinness beer offers men an attainable New Year’s resolution.


The world-renowned Coca-Cola is in the late 1930s the perfect gift for both you and… Santa Claus!

Greyhound Bus

Longevity and reliability – the Greyhound Bus company offered us safe trips for all occasions in the 1940s.

Elizabeth Arden

The cosmetics empire Elizabeth Arden was the way to go when buying gifts for ladies.

Western Union

Western Union was a reliable service provider who swore to solve your “Season’s Greetings” problem.

American Airlines

American Airlines proposed a mid-winter break in Mexico, with comfortable and affordable travel.

Samsonite Luggage

On the same note, Samsonite provides Santa-size luggage for you and your family via the late 1940s.


Via 1956, Cadillac offers a glamorous New Year’s resolution for the modern couple.


Toastmaster provides suitable appliances, with the same loving effect as mistletoe.

Hope you found these design resources useful. Which print advertisement do you find the most effective?

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7 Comments Get a Taste of Christmas with some Vintage Advertising Designs

  1. Website Design Nov 15, 2011 at 16:58

    Hey Andra, thanks for sharing such an best and awesome vintage advertising designs. These designs are simply outstanding and superb. I love it. Good work. Keep it up.

  2. Sanda Nov 16, 2011 at 11:04

    Congratulations for your first article!!! We’re very proud of you…
    Now, about your last question. Frankly, I find the most suggestive the Coca-Cola advertising (“And the same to you!”…smart idea).

    Take this opportunity to wish all the best to your talented colleagues.

  3. Andra Nov 16, 2011 at 17:45

    Thank you for the support and appraisal. I hope we will be discussing design-related topics here for a long time, from now on :)

  4. Logo Design Blog Nov 17, 2011 at 11:14

    Fabulous collection!! I like all vintage designing and graphic stuff very much!!

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  6. Mahfuj R Jan 30, 2019 at 03:36

    Useful content one.
    Like this.
    Thanks for sharing.


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