8 Vintage Christmas Ads from the Past 100 Years
Though St. Nick appeared in ads as early as 1840, it wasn’t until after 1863, when cartoonist Thomas Nast created the now-familiar figure in a red suit and white beard, that Santa became the holiday season’s most popular pitchman.
Up on the rooftop
This ad first appeared in Country Life in 1920. Santa had been a Murad favourite from before WWI.
A bubbly Christmas
National Geographic, 1954: Coca-Cola Co.’s red-faced, jolly Santa was conceived by illustrator Haddon Sundblom.
Presents are a life saver
Better Homes & Gardens, 1972: Santa pitches the Life Savers Sweet Story Book as a last-minute “life saver.”
Take a look at these photos showing what Christmas used to look like 100 years ago.
A red Christmas
Family Circle, 1962: Santa endorses everyone’s favourite condiment—long before Del Monte conceded to calling it ketchup in the ’80s.
Family Circle, 1962: Colgate’s Soaky Santa bath suds was a popular stocking stuffer.
Everyone should visit these old-fashioned Christmas towns.
Reminisce, 1950: Even Santa was used to sell cigarettes back in the ’50s.
Family Circle, 1962: Santa is looking over letters from kids asking for a new sewing machine for their mother.
Next, here are 10 Christmas movie locations that exist in real life.