A Look Into: Retro and Vintage Christmas Ads Of Yesteryears (1940s – 1980s)

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Every year, Christmas is a remarkable event- it turns cities into landscapes of red, green and gold. Streets are adorned with elaborate decorations; billboards and walls are plastered with colorful ads pitching their wares as Christmas presents.

Nowadays, we are bombarded with print ads of tasty treats, branded wears and of course, the hottest tech gadgets; but did you know that old, yellowed ads of three to seven decades ago are mostly promoting household items, cigarettes and even guns? Read on to see 30 vintage Christmas ads that’ll give you a taste of Christmas back in those days.

Atari’s Video Games. Can I tick all the boxes please? (Image Source: reware vintage)

Atari's Video Games

Westinghouse’s Tan for Christmas. Grab everyone’s attention on Christmas with a healthy sun-kissed tan. (Image Source: Jon Williamson)

ALTTT

It’s Time for Christmas! It’s that time again for Santa to be everyone’s special delivery man! (Image Source: Bamboo Trading)

Time for Christmas

Thanks for the Coca-Cola, Jimmy. Now that’s a good kid! Santa will be happy to have your Coke and leave more presents for you! (Image Source: The Coca-Cola Company)

Dear Jimmy's Coca-Cola

Christmas with Coca-Cola. Bingo! Have a Coke before climbing up that chimney again. (Image Source: Captain Geoffrey Spaulding)

Christmas with Coca-Cola

Hat’s Off to Coca-Cola. Santa’s truly refreshed with his Coca-Cola. He’s even taken off his trademark hat. (Image Source: The Coca-Cola Company)

Hat's Off to Coca-Cola

Santa and the Kids. Cheers to the clever poodle! (Image Source: The Coca-Cola Company)

Coca-Cola's Santa and the Kids

Santa and the SpriteBoy. Now, Santa’s happily gulping Coca-Cola and SpriteBoy’s doing the deliveries. (Image Source: The Coca-Cola Company)

Santa and Sprite Boy

Stock up on Coca-Cola for Christmas. Or else you won’t have any left by Christmas because Santa’ll be swiping it off your fridge. (Image Source: Vintage Ad Browser)

Stock up on Coca-Cola for Christmas

Everyone Wants the New Toastmaster. Santa: I’ve got to update the gift list again!(Image Source: Jon Williamson)

Everyone Wants the New Toastmaster

GE’s Toaster. If you think about it, Santa’s only ever busy when Christmas is around the corner. (Image Source: Jon Williamson)

GE's Toaster

GE’s Cleaner. Best way to drop a hint for a Christmas gift: Slip a mini model of the object of your heart’s desire in his pocket. (Image Source: saltycotton)

GE's Cleaner

Crisco’s Christmas Cake. Yes, we need that extra one inch of sweet goodness for Christmas! (Image Source: sugarpie honeybunch)

Crisco

How to get a Remington for Christmas. Awesome. I’m going to leave the whole ad on Mom’s table and see what I’ll get for Christmas. (Image Source: dayid)

Remington

Colt’s Guns. And I thought nobody would remember. (Image Source: ericritter)

Colt's Guns

Lucky Ciggies for Christmas. For Lucky smokers, they only pay attention to that last part. (Image Source: Jon Williamson)

Lucky's Cigarettes

Santa Smoking Pall Mall. Getting Santa to convince people about which smoke is milder and guards against throat scratch. Those were the days. (Image Source: Jon Williamson)

Pall Mall

Ronald Reagan Sends His Chesterfields. It’s not every day you get to see a former president help cell cigarretes. Well, not anymore. (Image Source: x-ray delta one)

ALTTT

War Bonds for Christmas. We’ve ran out of war bonds. What about cash instead? (Image Source: Vintage Ad Browser)

ALTTT

Mrs. Santa Claus’ Ironing Table. Looks like Mrs. Santa Claus is equally popular during Christmas! (Image Source: wardomatic)

Rid-Jid Ironing Table

Eveready is Ready for Christmas. Santa needs that flashlight so he won’t bump into things when he’s stuffing stockings at midnight. (Image Source: tortuga2010)

Eveready

Toyland’s Toys. We are never too old for toys and games. (Image Source: Plan59)

Toyland's Toys

7-up Family Pack for Christmas. Yep, only a 24-pack can quench everybody’s thirst on Christmas. (Image Source: sugarpie honeybunch)

7-up Family Pack for Christmas

7-Up Likes You! Santa likes 7-Up so much he’s loaded his sled with a gigantic bottle! (Image Source: Plan59)

7Up

Acme’s Cowboy Boots. Even Santa is getting hippie, with help from these cowboy boots. (Image Source: densby)

Acme's Cowboy Boots

Budweiser’s Nothing Like It. Nothing like sharing beer and good food with buddies on Christmas. (Image Source: alsis35)

Budweiser

My True Love Gave Me Smith-Corona. Not exactly the most romantic Christmas present, but it’s good to have a practical gift for a change. (Image Source: Jon Williamson)

My True Love Gave Me Smith-Corona

Grandma Snider’s Catsup. Yes, super tomatoes make super Catsup! Wait, isn’t it called ketchup?(Image Source: Jon Williamson)

Grandma Snider's Catsup

Rent a TV from D.E.R. for Christmas. Best Christmas moment: When the whole family is huddled together doing something, anything, even if it’s just watching TV. (Image Source: jbcurio)

Rent a TV from D.E.R. for Christmas

Borg’s Bath Scale. Don’t worry about that weight, have a great Christmas feast! (Image Source: sugarpie honeybunch)

Borg's Bath Scale

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