Merry Christmas and Happy New Year – From All of Us to All of You

Christmas is around the corner and to celebrate this magical Holiday we are featuring a few samples of Christmas related advertisements and images from between 1946 and 1964, courtesy of the collection of Roger Wilkerson.

To me, the hand drawn illustrations and images in mid-century advertisements are the epitomy of style. It shows how talented advertising America were some 50-60 years ago. That fine attention to design and pseudo-realism really grabs me.

So, from all of us, to all of you – Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah and Happy New Year! What is Santa Claus bringing you this Christmas?


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Source Roger Wilkerson    Thanks Alexandra


Christopher founded Ultra Swank in 2005. Has a crush on mid-century graphic design, defunct airlines, Disneyland and the Century 21 Exposition. Is a collector of easy listening music from the 60s and 70s and a Swedish expat living in Barcelona, Spain.

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Comments for this article

  • Chris Sobieniak

    I would see my parents in these pictures too well. This was the world they knew best.

  • Steve Mills

    Today’s ads just don’t seem to say Merry Christmas like those illustrations did. Just look at that restaurant scene (thought it was a bar at first). I love the suburbs depicted in the first one though.

  • RetroFan

    These are wonderful – thanks for posting! A minor quibble, as “epiphany” means something suddenly realized, and “epitomy” means the perfect example, I think above “the epitomy of style” makes more sense. But again, thanks for posting. I could disappear into any of those images.

  • Christopher

    Thanks for noticing the error, it has been corrected.

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