Friday, 28 December 2012

I'm going to spend the holidays on this website.

No joke.

You probably all have heard of it already, but for the ones that haven't : .

YES! That's what I'm talking about!

You can find (almost) any ad, from the newest French nylons from 1916, to the all-American Uncle Sam.
Also lots of politically incorrect and sexist posters.

Not only classic advertisements by the way,
you can find 2012 ones too, but since this is 'Jessica's Vintage'.. well, you get my point.

It is very useful for research, but for just drooling over wartime lipsticks (guess you can say that is one of my favourite pastimes) it is lovely too.

When I signed up, I had to 'tell' what I was:
a film maker, a university, a newspaper, etc.
I think that indicates that this is a well-appreciated website, consulted by all kinds of agencies.
(I was an 'interested individual' by the way, I hope in a few years I can say that I'm a history student!)

I must say that it's quite UK/USA focused, I typed 'Holland', my home country, in the search bar; pretty much only ads for the Holland-America line appeared. So.
But that's a minor detail.

Also, when I click the zoom button to see the enlarged picture, an error appears.
But that will probably just be my computer...

Well, just wanted to share this new addiction of mine with you!

If you didn't know it yet, visit The Advertising Archives quickly and enjoy,
and if you did,
do the same.

Xo Jessica

Monday, 3 December 2012

Cute book, cute catalogue

Good afternoon!

No long text today, I just want to show you two funny things I got my hands on.
Well, actually my Mum got her hands on them!

The first one is sort of a catalogue with famous adverts and pamphlets, from, say, the 1910s to the 1970s.

My mum got this catalogue from her work. Her colleagues thought I might like this, well yes I do!

Then the second one.
A funny little book about housekeeping in the 20th century. Every thing is mentioned: from the newly invented washing machines to sewing clothes for your 13 children.

Ok, it's not literature, but it's amusing to see the 60's ads about kitchens with an in-built dishwasher! What progress!
Also it can be useful for research.

Well, here are some pics.

The mid-right ad! Ö
The more politically incorrect, the better?

Pretty ladies smoking ads. Pretty ladies smoking ads everywhere.

True that. Plus, the women's hair is lovely.

Classic insurance companies!

Far fetched slogan, but hey, it rhymes (untranslatable, sorry). Plus there is a sexy woman, that always helps.

If only nowadays' coca cola ads still looked like this.. *sigh*

Pity there isn't too much background information about the classic pamphlets, would've expected a little more.

Van Sabben Poster Auctions
no. 37
June 4, 2011

Moving on to the housekeeping book.

The title In Holland staat een huis just means 'In Holland is/stands a house', it is from a very old children's song. Not funny in English, no.

Tips and tricks on ironing

Her hair! Gahh

Cute traditional family

Ingrid van der Vlis
Publisher Scriptum

Well that's it!
Hope you like it as much as I do.

Xo Jessica