Vintage magazine ads are part of actual history. Whether they come from American magazines like Life, the Saturday Evening Post or Look or from other countries, these old magazine advertisements are historic art prints that can be used for a variety of purposes. So, what’s the appeal of vintage ads? This question has many answers because it depends on what application an individual or business intends to use them. Here is some good information about collecting these ads and the various reasons people collect them.
Vintage usually refers to things that are older than 25 years old, but there is much debate on whether old magazine ads are included. Most collectors claim that vintage, when referring to magazine ads means they are older than 50 years old. However, most buyers and sellers consider magazine ads from the late 1800s all the way up to the 1980s to be vintage.
Old magazine ad campaigns from about 1930 to 1980 are the most significant because the advertisers setup campaigns that lasted only for one month. What this means is that these are highly collectible due to the fact that there are not as many of them as with today’s magazine advertisements.
Vintage magazine ads hold a lot of historical significance to many collectors. This is especially true for people that collect World War II paraphernalia. World War 2 advertisements are quite valuable for many reasons, first and foremost that they are historically significant to the whole world.
Arts and Crafts
Many people use vintage ads for their arts and crafts projects. Scrapbooking, decoupage, matting, framing, altered art, one of a kind (OOAK) art projects and any other kind of art and crafts project you can think of are where these really old ads come in handy. Most are 10 x 13 when they come from vintage Look, Life and Saturday Evening Post back issues. This makes them the perfect size for most scrapbooking projects and perfect for framing. 1950s advertising art is one of the most popular print ad categories for arts and crafts followed closely by 1960s ads. This includes brightly colored and black & white advertising paper prints.
Home and Office Decor
Some people just like to have a piece of history hanging on their walls as a conversation piece or for decoration. When vintage magazine ads are properly handled and matted and/or framed they make great looking wall art. For instance, if you run a bicycle repair shop, vintage bicycle posters would enhance your office and showroom areas. Likewise, vintage ski posters would look great in a ski lodge, ski dealership or in the home of avid skiers.
Old advertisements from vintage magazines make great unique gift ideas. The ideas behind giving these as gifts can range from a childhood memory to something that reminds you of your grandma or grandpa. For instance, if you remember your grandfather wearing Old Spice cologne, an Old Spice magazine ad would make a good gift idea for him. This could be hung in the bathroom along with other Old Spice or health and beauty related vintage ads. The gifting concept for vintage magazine advertisements has no limits.
You can find single or multiple ad art prints on eBay, Etsy or other auction sites or vintage magazines for sale on various websites. You can choose to buy in bulk and resell or use them as gifts or in your arts and crafts projects. Either way they are awesome collectibles that can produce an income, make beautiful arts and crafts projects or unique decor and gifting solutions. You will be able to discover car, appliance, electronics, home improvement, movie, radio, soda, war bonds and many other types of old advertising prints to sell, use as decor, for art projects or as gifts.
Vintage magazine ads should be original and not reproductions when you are shopping around for these unique collectibles. While reproductions are nice accent pieces, they are not the original print and they are of low collectible value as compared to the originals. You will find that original prints are not only more valuable, but also typically less expensive than reproductions. If you want to learn more about how and what to collect in vintage magazine ads, you can find books about the subject on Amazon.