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25 of the most creative and unique vintage ads that show how much the world has changed

Time changes and so does promotional tactics for services and goods. Here are some ads from the old days that will leave you in awe.

25 of the most creative and unique vintage ads that show how much the world has changed
Cover Image Source: (L) (R) Reddit | u/Paul-Belgium

We have often encountered retro ads while flipping through old magazines in our houses, or maybe we have peeked at them in old bookstores. There is no doubt that retro commercials and advertisements give us a generous dose of nostalgia and remind us of simpler times in the past. Sometimes they bring back memories of childhood, family, friends and forgotten experiences. Whenever we watch one of those vintage ads, we often find them featuring familiar faces and music. 

Moreover, we can learn a lot about the bygone eras with ad flyers from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s by taking a trip down memory lane. Some of us might also get emotional over the products and services which are no longer available today. Advertisements have always been an integral part of marketing every product and service and it continues to be so. Even though ad flyers and banners are still used to make people aware of a product, service or anything that needs promotion, the colors and the hand-drawn art on vintage ads remain superior in terms of providing aesthetic value to a brand. 

Fortunately, we have stumbled upon the perfect Reddit page of r/vintageads, where several users share ad flyers and promotional banners from the 20th century, giving us a gist of how much marketing strategies have evolved with time. 

1. "They All Got the Vaccine... except Dad, 1958."

Image Source: Reddit | u/80sforeverr
Image Source: Reddit | u/80sforeverr

 2. "Advertisement for Bacardi rum warning against the dangers of drunk driving (1986)"

Image Source: Reddit | u/Paul-Belgium
Image Source: Reddit | u/Paul-Belgium

3. "Man looking for a wife in 1865"

Image Source: Reddit | u/dannydutch1
Image Source: Reddit | u/dannydutch1

4. "Honestly the graffiti is better"

Image Source: Reddit | u/burgermiester288
Image Source: Reddit | u/burgermiester288

5. "Ray Ban 1998 ad"

Image Source: Reddit | u/Paul-Belgium
Image Source: Reddit | u/Paul-Belgium

6. "Remember digging through the entertainment section of the newspaper to find the movie listings?"

Image Source: Reddit | u/Kevin_Finkel
Image Source: Reddit | u/Kevin_Finkel

7. "When I’m 64"

Image Source: Reddit | u/Kevin_Finkel
Image Source: Reddit | u/Yahtrok

8. "Garfield Telephone by Tyco (1978)"

Image Source: Reddit | u/TaimSolas
Image Source: Reddit | u/TaimSolas

9. "Electricity was new once. These signs were mostly in hotel rooms and other public places"

Image Source: Reddit | u/Gwendolyn7777
Image Source: Reddit | u/Gwendolyn7777

10. "Esprit Ad (1980's)"

Image Source: Reddit | u/lovemypennydog
Image Source: Reddit | u/lovemypennydog

11. "Remember when Brach’s Pick A Mix was the best thing about going to the grocery store? (1970s)"

Image Source: Reddit | u/DiosMioMan2
Image Source: Reddit | u/DiosMioMan2

12. "Jester Wools Ad (1947, UK)"

Image Source: Reddit | u/MetaHelvetica
Image Source: Reddit | u/MetaHelvetica

13. "1978 Star Wars vaccination ad."

Image Source: Reddit | u/Paul-Belgium
Image Source: Reddit | u/Paul-Belgium

14. "In 1962, Bette Davis placed this ad in Variety"

Image Source: Reddit | u/DualCay0te
Image Source: Reddit | u/DualCay0te

15. "Cottonelle colored toilet paper (1982)"

Image Source: Reddit | u/lovemypennydog
Image Source: Reddit | u/lovemypennydog

16. "1988 Penn Tennis Ball Ad promoting the French Open"

Image Source: Reddit | u/morganmonroe81
Image Source: Reddit | u/morganmonroe81

17. Electricity can kill you

Image Source: Reddit | u/MetaHelvetica
Image Source: Reddit | u/MetaHelvetica

18. "Pan American Airlines (1956)"

Image Source: Reddit | u/MetaHelvetica
Image Source: Reddit | u/MetaHelvetica

19. "Someday roads will tell cars where to go" GM (1960)"

Image Source: Reddit | u/Ebonystealth
Image Source: Reddit | u/Ebonystealth

20. "One Oregon newspaper clip during Spanish influenza"

Image Source: Reddit | u/Paul-Belgium
Image Source: Reddit | u/Paul-Belgium

21. "Daihatsu Hijet ad from 1996"

Image Source: Reddit | u/DualCay0te
Image Source: Reddit | u/DualCay0te

22. "Ad placed in EBONY Magazine encouraging minorities to pursue STEM careers. General Electric, 1979"

Image Source: Reddit | u/AspireAgain
Image Source: Reddit | u/AspireAgain

23. "Pretty sure everyone had one of these back in the day"

Image Source: Reddit | u/Ebonystealth
Image Source: Reddit | u/Ebonystealth

24. "Apple Computers the late 90s"

Image Source: Reddit | u/Djf47021
Image Source: Reddit | u/Djf47021

25. "Pizza Hut Oven in Sears Catalog (1977)"

Image Source: Reddit | u/lemmycaution25
Image Source: Reddit | u/lemmycaution25

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