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Finding Old Advertisements

A guide to finding old advertisements from magazines and newspapers.


Free Online Resources

Jay Paull Vintage Print Advertisements
Jay Paull's private collection of ads from the mid-1800's to the early 1900's. Search by keyword and category.

Not a Cough in a Carload: Images from the Tobacco Industry to Hide the Hazards of Smoking
An exhibition of images depicting tobacco ads from the late 1920s and the early 1950s. Produced freely by Stanford University.

TJS Labs Gallery of Graphic Design
Search images of advertisements by year, magazine, product, advertiser, illustrator, and more!

Ad for Fry's Milk Chocolate

Flatbed scan of advertisement of Fry's "Five Boys" milk chocolate.

Image from a pre-1911 book, so out of copyright.

(The book was "Pictures in Colour of Isle of Wight" by Jarrold & Sons, Ltd.)