6/19/2024, 16:21:16
Register

Vintage Advertising & Antique Advert Memorabilia

(137 items)

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.    

See more
Email me the latest items
i
Newest
Filter by
Enamel London Road Sign City of Westminster Ebury Street Belgravia SW1

£ 850

€993
$1,069
Enamel London Road Sign City of Westminster Ebury Street Belgravia SW1

Enamel London Road Sign City of Westminster Ebury Street Belgravia SW1

£ 850

€993
$1069

Cheshire Antiques Consultant LTD

DB Victorian Mahogany Pedestal Desk

£ 122

€143
$153
DB Victorian Mahogany Pedestal Desk

DB Victorian Mahogany Pedestal Desk

£ 122

€143
$153

Ferentz Antiques

Early 20th C. Hand Painted Fairground Signs

£ 1,850

€2,161
$2,327
Early 20th C. Hand Painted Fairground Signs

Early 20th C. Hand Painted Fairground Signs

£ 1,850

€2161
$2327

The Old Yard

Victorian Post Office Sign

£ 145

€169
$182
Victorian Post Office Sign

Victorian Post Office Sign

£ 145

€169
$182

Deviantik

England Lithographic Poster by Feliks Topolski

Marlborough Antiques & Interiors

England Lithographic Poster by Feliks Topolski

£ 1,250

€1,460
$1,572
England Lithographic Poster by Feliks Topolski

England Lithographic Poster by Feliks Topolski

£ 1,250

€1460
$1572

Marlborough Antiques & Interiors

Early 20th Enamel Sign from an Estate

£ 135

€158
$170
Early 20th Enamel Sign from an Estate

Early 20th Enamel Sign from an Estate

£ 135

€158
$170

Whites Antiques

Original Painted Cart Side Sign

£ 435

€508
$547
Original Painted Cart Side Sign

Original Painted Cart Side Sign

£ 435

€508
$547

Whites Antiques

French Hand Painted Apothecary Sign 1900-1920

£ 550

€642
$692
French Hand Painted Apothecary Sign 1900-1920

French Hand Painted Apothecary Sign 1900-1920

£ 550

€642
$692

Whites Antiques

Bridget Riley Untitled (after Blaze) 1964 Screenprint on Paper

£ 295

€345
$371
Bridget Riley Untitled (after Blaze) 1964 Screenprint on Paper

Bridget Riley Untitled (after Blaze) 1964 Screenprint on Paper

£ 295

€345
$371

Marlborough Antiques & Interiors

Victorian Framed Advertising Poster

£ 725

€847
$912
Victorian Framed Advertising Poster

Victorian Framed Advertising Poster

£ 725

€847
$912

The Old Yard

Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe Poster 1971

Marlborough Antiques & Interiors

Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe Poster 1971

£ 1,000

€1,168
$1,258
Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe Poster 1971

Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe Poster 1971

£ 1,000

€1168
$1258

Marlborough Antiques & Interiors

Large Iron “Watneys” Pub Lantern

£ 1,250

€1,460
$1,572
Large Iron “Watneys” Pub Lantern

Large Iron “Watneys” Pub Lantern

£ 1,250

€1460
$1572

Elmgarden

Vintage Floro Shop Display

D and A Binder LTD

Vintage Floro Shop Display

£ 168

€196
$211
Vintage Floro Shop Display

Vintage Floro Shop Display

£ 168

€196
$211

D and A Binder LTD

Strongarm Beer Sign

D and A Binder LTD

Strongarm Beer Sign

£ 540

€631
$679
Strongarm Beer Sign

Strongarm Beer Sign

£ 540

€631
$679

D and A Binder LTD

Goodyear Tyre Advertising Barometer

£ 235

€275
$296
Goodyear Tyre Advertising Barometer

Goodyear Tyre Advertising Barometer

£ 235

€275
$296

Richard Twort

Martini Advertising Barometer & Thermometer

£ 325

€380
$409
Martini Advertising Barometer & Thermometer

Martini Advertising Barometer & Thermometer

£ 325

€380
$409

Richard Twort

Pan American Airways Advertising Barometer

£ 325

€380
$409
Pan American Airways Advertising Barometer

Pan American Airways Advertising Barometer

£ 325

€380
$409

Richard Twort

English Rose & Crown Car Grill Badge

£ 120

€140
$151
English Rose & Crown Car Grill Badge

English Rose & Crown Car Grill Badge

£ 120

€140
$151

Wildwinds Antiques

1950s Childrenswear Shop Sign

£ 120

€140
$151
1950s Childrenswear Shop Sign

1950s Childrenswear Shop Sign

£ 120

€140
$151

D and A Binder LTD

London Laundry Co. Industrial Trolley Cart

£ 895

€1,045
$1,126

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.