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

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?

Atari's Video Games

Source: reware vintage

Westinghouse’s Tan for Christmas

Grab everyone’s attention on Christmas with a healthy sun-kissed tan.


Source: Jon Williamson

It’s Time for Christmas!

It’s that time again for Santa to be everyone’s special delivery man!

Time for Christmas

Source: Bamboo Trading

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!

Dear Jimmy's Coca-Cola

Source: The Coca-Cola Company

Christmas with Coca-Cola

Bingo! Have a Coke before climbing up that chimney again.

Christmas with Coca-Cola

Source: Captain Geoffrey Spaulding

Hat’s Off to Coca-Cola

Santa’s truly refreshed with his Coca-Cola. He’s even taken off his trademark hat.

Hat's Off to Coca-Cola

Source: The Coca-Cola Company

Santa and the Kids

Cheers to the clever poodle!

Coca-Cola's Santa and the Kids

Source: The Coca-Cola Company

Santa and the SpriteBoy

Now, Santa’s happily gulping Coca-Cola and SpriteBoy’s doing the deliveries.

Santa and Sprite Boy

Source: The Coca-Cola Company

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.

Stock up on Coca-Cola for Christmas

Source: Vintage Ad Browser

Everyone Wants the New Toastmaster

Santa: I’ve got to update the gift list again!

Everyone Wants the New Toastmaster

Source: Jon Williamson

GE’s Toaster

If you think about it, Santa’s only ever busy when Christmas is around the corner.

GE's Toaster

Source: Jon Williamson

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.

GE's Cleaner

Source: saltycotton

Crisco’s Christmas Cake

Yes, we need that extra one inch of sweet goodness for Christmas!


Source: sugarpie honeybunch

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.


Source: dayid

Colt’s Guns

And I thought nobody would remember.

Colt's Guns

Source: ericritter

Lucky Ciggies for Christmas

For Lucky smokers, they only pay attention to that last part.

Lucky's Cigarettes

Source: Jon Williamson

Santa Smoking Pall Mall

Getting Santa to convince people about which smoke is milder and guards against throat scratch. Those were the days.

Pall Mall

Source: Jon Williamson

Ronald Reagan Sends His Chesterfields

It’s not every day you get to see a former president help cell cigarretes. Well, not anymore.


Source: x-ray delta one

War Bonds for Christmas

We’ve ran out of war bonds. What about cash instead?


Source: Vintage Ad Browser

Mrs. Santa Claus’ Ironing Table

Looks like Mrs. Santa Claus is equally popular during Christmas!

Rid-Jid Ironing Table

Source: wardomatic

Eveready is Ready for Christmas

Santa needs that flashlight so he won’t bump into things when he’s stuffing stockings at midnight.


Source: tortuga2010

Toyland’s Toys

We are never too old for toys and games.

Toyland's Toys

Source: Plan59

7-up Family Pack for Christmas

Yep, only a 24-pack can quench everybody’s thirst on Christmas.

7-up Family Pack for Christmas

Source: sugarpie honeybunch

7-Up Likes You!

Santa likes 7-Up so much he’s loaded his sled with a gigantic bottle!


Source: Plan59

Acme’s Cowboy Boots

Even Santa is getting hippie, with help from these cowboy boots.

Acme's Cowboy Boots

Source: densby

Budweiser’s Nothing Like It

Nothing like sharing beer and good food with buddies on Christmas.


Source: alsis35

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.

My True Love Gave Me Smith-Corona

Source: Jon Williamson

Grandma Snider’s Catsup

Yes, super tomatoes make super Catsup! Wait, isn’t it called ketchup

Grandma Snider's Catsup

Source: Jon Williamson

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.

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

Source: jbcurio

Borg’s Bath Scale

Don’t worry about that weight, have a great Christmas feast!

Borg's Bath Scale

Source: sugarpie honeybunch

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