40 Enchanting Vintage Print Advertisements for Inspiration

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Vintage usually refers to an item that is at least 25 years old. The term is also used to represent designs that mimic the look of the 50s and the 60s. Designs from those years are characterized by stunning typography and well-organized layouts that grabbed everyone’s attention which made it easier to market and promote your products.

In recent years, the vintage and retro style have become popular and are making a comeback in print advertisements. They can be used to promote individual products as well as businesses, events, and special occasions. You will notice a common theme among these designs which include distressed typography, faded backgrounds, and bright pops of color that bring your attention to different elements of the ad.

On top of that, they have quite a few elements in common: usually old cars, food, alcohol, typewriters, old trucks and other gadgets that symbolize and represent the good, old times. As such, vintage designs bring a sense of nostalgia and take us down the memory lane to simpler times, which is one of the main reasons why this design style is so popular and appeals to both younger and older generations.

If you’re working on a vintage ad project, we have a treat for you. In this roundup, we’ve gathered the most enchanting vintage print advertisements for your inspiration. Use them to get familiar with this design style and technique and then make use of your creativity to come up with a unique design that’s sure to grab everyone’s attention.

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Vintage Ad for Cadillac
vintage poster advertisment design Fabulous vintage ad for Cadillac

Volkswagen
vintage poster advertisment design Volkswagen 1

RCA Televisions
vintage poster advertisment design Vintage ad: RCA televisions, 1966

International De Luxe Delivery Trucks
vintage poster advertisment design International De Luxe Delivery Trucks

Knitting Wool Ad from 1959
vintage poster advertisment design Cute 1959 ad for knitting wool

Honda
vintage poster advertisment design Honda

Mercury Comet
vintage poster advertisment design Mercury Comet

Grand Marnier
vintage poster advertisment design Grand Marnier ads

Cannon Royal Family
vintage poster advertisment design Cannon Royal Family

Ronrico Rum Ad
vintage poster advertisment design Ronrico rum ad

Post-War Pontiacs
vintage poster advertisment design Post-War Pontiacs

Sheaffer Pen For Men
vintage poster advertisment design Sheaffer Pen For Men

Volkswagen 2
vintage poster advertisment design Magazine Ad - Volkswagen 2 (USA)

CocoRibe liqueur
vintage poster advertisment design CocoRibe liqueur

Easter Egg Colours
vintage poster advertisment design Easter Egg Colours

Smirnoff 1966
vintage poster advertisment design Smirnoff 1966

Coty Fragrances
vintage poster advertisment design 1944 ad for Coty fragrances

Salão do Automóvel
vintage poster advertisment design Salão do Automóvel

Woody Allen’s Vodka Ad
vintage poster advertisment design Woody Allen's Vodka Ad, circa 1966

7-Up
vintage poster advertisment design 7-Up

Pontiac Bonneville
vintage poster advertisment design Pontiac Bonneville

Budweiser
vintage poster advertisment design Budweiser

“Pink is for Girls” Lustre Creme
vintage poster advertisment design

Western Electric
vintage poster advertisment design Western Electric

Heart-Shaped Box
vintage poster advertisment design Heart-Shaped Box

Red Cross Shoes
vintage poster advertisment design Ad for Red Cross shoes 1944

Naturalizer Women’s Shoes
vintage poster advertisment design Naturalizer women’s shoes

Frigidaire 2
vintage poster advertisment design Frigidaire 2 1966

Universal Food Chopper (from 1890s)
vintage poster advertisment design Vintage ad: Universal Food Chopper, from 1890s

Budweiser
vintage poster advertisment design Budweiser

Ford Fairlane Convertible
vintage poster advertisment design Ford Fairlane Convertible (USA)

Monroe
vintage poster advertisment design Monroe (USA)

Campbell’s Soup
vintage poster advertisment design Campbell’s Soup (USA)

Men’s clothing
vintage poster advertisment design Men’s clothing

Old Gold Cigarettes
vintage poster advertisment design Old Gold Cigarettes

Robt. Burns Panatela
vintage poster advertisment design Robt. Burns Panatela

CJSW Vintage Radio Ad
vintage poster advertisment design CJSW vintage radio ad

Lubrication is a Matter of Timing
vintage poster advertisment design Lubrication is a matter of timing

Coke
vintage poster advertisment design Coke

The Jester and the Tuxedo
vintage poster advertisment design The Jester and the Tuxedo

Miller High Life
vintage poster advertisment design Miller High Life – 19490307 Life

Pall Mall
vintage poster advertisment design Pall Mall

Chevrolet Impala
vintage poster advertisment design Chevrolet Impala