Most people interested in 1950s advertising art either collect it or use it for arts and craft projects. No matter what, they do make great gifts, decor and solutions for various art projects like scrapbooking and card making. 1950s advertising art includes a huge variety categories. Here are a few of the categories in which you can find unique 1950s magazine ad prints.
- Laundry Detergent
- Health and Beauty
- Vacation Locations
- Home Improvement
- Office Supplies
What makes these old ads so popular? They are classic prints from vintage magazines like Look, Life, Post and Good Housekeeping. Some are in full color as it was back in those days and others are black and white. Movie film prints are very popular and since they are around 10×13 in size or two page ads that are 10×26, they make great posters for matting, framing and hanging on the wall.
What makes 1950s advertising art unique and highly collectible. Here’s the scoop on how advertising campaigns worked back in the good old days. Companies chose a campaign and ran it one time, usually for only one month in one or two magazines. Sometimes they even ran different campaigns in various magazines. Now, imagine how few of these old magazines are available or even in good enough shape to be considered as viable collectibles.
There are not very many to say the least. It is not likely you will find more than 20 to 30 of any one ad campaign from the 50s in any category, and that’s a stretch. That number might be higher for less viable ads for collecting, but that’s a pretty good round number for collectible purposes. It still makes them more valuable since there are so few left from each campaign. Keep in mind, the lower the availability, the more valuable the ad.
Where can you find this kind of collectible magazine ad artwork? Auctions sites like eBay and Etsy and websites that feature these kinds of vintage advertising are places you can find 1950s advertising art online. You can also find them at yard sales, usually in the form of vintage magazines loaded with several ads, estate sales, antique stores and local auctions.