Retro Christmas Advertisements from Mid-Century America
Christmas is around the corner and to celebrate this magical holiday we are featuring a few samples of holiday related advertisements and images from between 1946 and 1964, courtesy of Roger Wilkerson’s collection.
To me, the hand drawn illustrations and images in mid-century advertisements are the epitome of style and warmth. They really show-off how talented advertising America were some 50-60 years ago. That fine attention to design and pseudo-realism really grabs me and makes me secretly wish that’s the way the holiday season would look every year.
So, from all of us, to all of you – Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah and a Happy New Year!
What is Santa Claus bringing you this Christmas?
Above: Four Roses, or “How I survive Christmas”
Above: Better bundle up, it’s cold out there!
Above: “That Jukebox would look divine in our living room, dear!”
Above: Make it a very Thermos Christmas, 1957
Above: Christmas Shopping, art by John Falter
Above: Christmas Shopping Center circa 1960
Above: Christmas Morning – art by Douglass Crockwell, 1948
Above: Gathering on the Town Square
Above: “How on earth did you get your car stuck in our front yard?”