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Vintage Advertising & Antique Advert Memorabilia

Old advertising is a fantastic way to peek into the social and business worlds of the past. Usually vibrant, clever, witty and artistically accomplished these works of art were created for one purpose only- to grab your attention and sell ! Early examples were usually painted onto wood, carved out of wood or printed. In 1816 the invention of two-colour lithography meant bright colours could finally be added to printed adverts and posters and then the invention of enamel signs from the 1860s onwards further revolutionised how people publicised their wares around the built environment.


Today antique and vintage advertising is as desirable as ever and looks great displayed on the wall. From hard wearing signs to fragile posters these items add character and are chocked full of the fashions and fads of the day. On a more personal scale business trade cards and labels have remained popular for hundreds of years but during the 19th Century the variety of ways to advertise grew to include far more unusual objects such as mirrors, bottles, match boxes and all manner of novelty items. This continued into the 20th Century to leave us a wealth of fantastic advertising objects.


At Love Antiques we have a fine selection of antique and vintage advertising for all your needs.    

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1920's Egg Dispatch Box

That Vintage Place Ltd

1920's Egg Dispatch Box

£ 70

€83
$87
1920's Egg Dispatch Box

1920's Egg Dispatch Box

£ 70

€83
$87

That Vintage Place Ltd

Edwardian Colmans Mustard & Starch Box

£ 145

€171
$181
Edwardian Colmans Mustard & Starch Box

Edwardian Colmans Mustard & Starch Box

£ 145

€171
$181

That Vintage Place Ltd

Original Vintage Pre 1971 Granada Queue Stand

£ 145

€171
$181
Original Vintage Pre 1971 Granada Queue Stand

Original Vintage Pre 1971 Granada Queue Stand

£ 145

€171
$181

That Vintage Place Ltd

Rare Old Nestle Display Stand for Milky Bar Chocolate

£ 125

€147
$156
Rare Old Nestle Display Stand for Milky Bar Chocolate

Rare Old Nestle Display Stand for Milky Bar Chocolate

£ 125

€147
$156

That Vintage Place Ltd

Stunning Original Cadbury Box Advertising

£ 95

€112
$118
Stunning Original Cadbury Box Advertising

Stunning Original Cadbury Box Advertising

£ 95

€112
$118

That Vintage Place Ltd

Phillips Rubber Soles & Heels Advertising Shop Display

£ 165

€195
$206
Phillips Rubber Soles & Heels Advertising Shop Display

Phillips Rubber Soles & Heels Advertising Shop Display

£ 165

€195
$206

That Vintage Place Ltd

Stunning Dainty Bits Advertising Tin

£ 125

€147
$156
Stunning Dainty Bits Advertising Tin

Stunning Dainty Bits Advertising Tin

£ 125

€147
$156

That Vintage Place Ltd

Original Bluebell Enamel Sign

That Vintage Place Ltd

Original Bluebell Enamel Sign

£ 175

€206
$218
Original Bluebell Enamel Sign

Original Bluebell Enamel Sign

£ 175

€206
$218

That Vintage Place Ltd

Hudson Silver Arrow Bicycles

That Vintage Place Ltd

Hudson Silver Arrow Bicycles

£ 95

€112
$118
Hudson Silver Arrow Bicycles

Hudson Silver Arrow Bicycles

£ 95

€112
$118

That Vintage Place Ltd

Valet Original Enamel Sign

That Vintage Place Ltd

Valet Original Enamel Sign

£ 175

€206
$218
Valet Original Enamel Sign

Valet Original Enamel Sign

£ 175

€206
$218

That Vintage Place Ltd

Foresters Collection Tin

That Vintage Place Ltd

Foresters Collection Tin

£ 95

€112
$118
Foresters Collection Tin

Foresters Collection Tin

£ 95

€112
$118

That Vintage Place Ltd

Original Ethyl Enamel Sign

That Vintage Place Ltd

Original Ethyl Enamel Sign

£ 195

€230
$243
Original Ethyl Enamel Sign

Original Ethyl Enamel Sign

£ 195

€230
$243

That Vintage Place Ltd

Antique Stockman's Mannequin

That Vintage Place Ltd

Antique Stockman's Mannequin

£ 95

€112
$118
Antique Stockman's Mannequin

Antique Stockman's Mannequin

£ 95

€112
$118

That Vintage Place Ltd

Victorian Oak Framed Pub Mirror

Graham Smith Antiques Ltd

Victorian Oak Framed Pub Mirror

£ 1095

€1291
$1365
Victorian Oak Framed Pub Mirror

Victorian Oak Framed Pub Mirror

£ 1095

€1291
$1365

Graham Smith Antiques Ltd

Original Palethorps Enamel Sausage Sign

£ 1650

€1945
$2058
Original Palethorps Enamel Sausage Sign

Original Palethorps Enamel Sausage Sign

£ 1650

€1945
$2058

Elmgarden

Shop Advertising Figure

Allsorts Antiques and Collectibles

Shop Advertising Figure

£ 175

€206
$218
Shop Advertising Figure

Shop Advertising Figure

£ 175

€206
$218

Allsorts Antiques and Collectibles

1960s B M A Car Badge

Allsorts Antiques and Collectibles

1960s B M A Car Badge

£ 75

€88
$94
1960s B M A Car Badge

1960s B M A Car Badge

£ 75

€88
$94

Allsorts Antiques and Collectibles

Snuff Tin - Van Der Cruyssen

£ 30

€35
$37
Snuff Tin - Van Der Cruyssen

Snuff Tin - Van Der Cruyssen

£ 30

€35
$37

Panache

Vintage Mirror Pub Toilet Sign

£ 108

€127
$135
Vintage Mirror Pub Toilet Sign

Vintage Mirror Pub Toilet Sign

£ 108

€127
$135

D and A Binder LTD

Oxo Cube Tin Shop Display Dispenser

£ 475

€560
$592
Oxo Cube Tin Shop Display Dispenser

Oxo Cube Tin Shop Display Dispenser

£ 475

€560
$592

Elmgarden

20th Century Glass Chemist Sign

Newark Antiques and Interiors Ltd

20th Century Glass Chemist Sign

£ 460

€542
$574
20th Century Glass Chemist Sign

20th Century Glass Chemist Sign

£ 460

€542
$574

Newark Antiques and Interiors Ltd

Vintage Advertising Antiques FAQs


When did advertising become popular?

People have been advertising their wares for thousands of years scratching into bricks and painting wooden signs and pottery. However the emergence of the printing press meant that from the 17th Century onwards printed advertising became cheap and easy to produce through newspapers, gazettes, magazines, flyers, and journals. Better quality images through copper plate processes emerged from the mid 18th Century and colour tones began to be printed from the start of the 19th Century. While the approach to advertising has not really changed over the years, the sheer quantity has, in part due to even more mediums emerging such as radio, television and internet.


What are the most popular vintage advertisement items?

Most collectors of old advertising are drawn to the works for their own unique reasons, either because of the subject, Era or artwork. Enamel signs and posters are the most popular fields collected due to their variety and versatility. In each case condition and rarity determine the price, but all forms of advertising are collected from labels, cards and signs to far more unusual novelty items.


What is the oldest antique advertisement item?

The first known purpose made advertisements were written onto Papyrus and date to at least 3000 B.C from ancient Egypt. However people will have been scratching their shop or business name on to wood or clay even before that.


Why does retro advertising create nostalgia?

In an era when marketing focuses primarily on the future, the purpose of retro advertising art is to transport us back to the past where life is simpler. This type of advertising tells us about the fashions, fads and innovations from years gone by. If we were alive at that time it can remind us of who we were at the time, and if the advert is older than us we can still be transported in our mind to that other era.