30 Vintage Easter Advertisements

March 27, 2013

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


2.  Vintage Whitman’s Ad


3.  Vintage Milky Way Easter Ad

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4.  Naturalizer Easter Shoes


5.  1908 Swift’s Ham Easter Advertisement

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6.  Vintage Kool-Aid Easter Ad


7.  Baker’s Angel Flake Coconut Easter Ad


8.  1964 Napier Easter Pins Vintage Ad


9.  Coca-Cola

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10.  Vintage NBC Easter Print Ad

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11.  1940s Elizabeth Arden Ad


12.  FTD 1950’s Vintage Easter Ad


13.  1916 Kodak Easter Ad


14.  1944 Helena Rubinstein Salon Easter Ad


15.  1945 Westinghouse Vintage Easter Ad


16.  1946 Neolite Shoes Vintage Easter Ad


17.  1946 Hat Research Foundation Easter Ad


18.  1947 Lane Cedar Chest Vintage Easter Ad


19.  Arrow Easter Parade Shirt 1949 Ad


20.  1950 Jell-O Easter Ad


21.  1953 Dubble Bubble Easter Ad


22.  1953 Gibson Easter Cards Ad


23.  1953 Fleer Dubble Bubble Vintage Easter Ad


24.  1958 Saks Fifth Avenue Easter Cloisonne Lighter Ad


25.  1959 Buster Brown Shoes Easter Ad


26.  1950s McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract Vintage Easter Ad


27.  1960’s Schilling Food Coloring Easter Ad


28.  1963 Baker’s Baked Treats Easter Advertisement


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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Brian Morris serves in various capacities as a freelance writer, content developer and public relations specialist for growing small businesses. When he’s not writing, he can be found on the racquetball court - usually getting his tail kicked by guys 20 years older.

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