Old Magazine Advertising can include ads from the Victorian Era all the way up to the 1980s. Some people even collect and use magazine ads up to the present. However, there is more appeal to vintage Post, Life, Good housekeeping, Look and other old magazines and their ads. People collect them to use as home or office decor for their monetary value, historical significance or just because they look interesting. They do make wonderful conversation pieces. The other use for vintage magazine ads is arts and crafts projects.
Where can you find old magazine advertising? You will mostly find Victorian and 1930s-1980s ads on auction sites like Bonanza, iOffer, eBay, Etsy and on the Amazon website. When you are shopping for these old ads you need to make sure to pay close attention to the condition in the description. You need to understand that they are considered used, but like other collectibles they have a condition value. Currently, they do not have a set standard for rating vintage ads but most sellers will tell you if there are rips, tears, wrinkles or minor to severe discoloration or other blemishes on the ads.
Collectors of UK, US or other international magazine ads look for excellent and very good in the description of the ads because they want their ads to be in the best condition they can find. Arts and crafts hobbyists and professionals don’t mind those of lesser conditions like fair to poor because they are going to be using them in various projects from digital art to scrap booking and collages.
Other places where you can find these vintage ads include garage sales, estate sales and some on-site auctions. People that save old magazines tend to leave them to be sold in various venues. 1940s, 1950s and 1960s old magazine advertising are quite popular among collectors and artists. Some artists even show their work they have done with vintage ads in art gallery venues all over the globe.
If you like to collect historic and nostalgic memorabilia old magazine advertising is a great collectible arena. It is easy to work with, cheap to ship and inexpensive to buy online. You can get these old original vintage ads for less than reproductions. One final note: You need to make sure to check the description to make sure the ad is the original right out of the magazine and not a reproduction.