30 Vintage Easter Advertisements

Contemporary Easter advertising features incredible design work (such as a believable Cadbury bunny), bright pastels and interactive smartphone codes.  But Easter advertising didn’t always look this way.  You have to know where you came from to know where you’re going, so let’s take a look at 30 vintage Easter advertisements that might inspire you to create a new modern Easter ad based on retro designs.

I think the most interesting thing about these vintage Easter advertisements is how marketing reflects societal norms.  All of these ads have the same purpose as ads printed today; but they’re different in terms of graphic design evolution and how potential customers respond to different types of images and messages.  Do you think the same ads would be effective today?  Why or why not?

1.  1939 Karo Syrup

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2.  Vintage Whitman’s Ad

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3.  Vintage Milky Way Easter Ad

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4.  Naturalizer Easter Shoes

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5.  1908 Swift’s Ham Easter Advertisement

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6.  Vintage Kool-Aid Easter Ad

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7.  Baker’s Angel Flake Coconut Easter Ad

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8.  1964 Napier Easter Pins Vintage Ad

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9.  Coca-Cola

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10.  Vintage NBC Easter Print Ad

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11.  1940s Elizabeth Arden Ad

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12.  FTD 1950’s Vintage Easter Ad

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13.  1916 Kodak Easter Ad

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14.  1944 Helena Rubinstein Salon Easter Ad

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15.  1945 Westinghouse Vintage Easter Ad

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16.  1946 Neolite Shoes Vintage Easter Ad

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17.  1946 Hat Research Foundation Easter Ad

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18.  1947 Lane Cedar Chest Vintage Easter Ad

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19.  Arrow Easter Parade Shirt 1949 Ad

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20.  1950 Jell-O Easter Ad

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21.  1953 Dubble Bubble Easter Ad

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22.  1953 Gibson Easter Cards Ad

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23.  1953 Fleer Dubble Bubble Vintage Easter Ad

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24.  1958 Saks Fifth Avenue Easter Cloisonne Lighter Ad

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25.  1959 Buster Brown Shoes Easter Ad

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26.  1950s McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract Vintage Easter Ad

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27.  1960’s Schilling Food Coloring Easter Ad

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28.  1963 Baker’s Baked Treats Easter Advertisement

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29.  1953 Baker’s Chocolate/Swans Down Easter Cake Advertisement

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30.  1949 Cutter Cravat Tie Vintage Easter Ad

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