★ Ad for Adams Fruit Chewing Gum (1919)

★ I just love this beautiful illustrated advert for Adams California Fruit Chewing Gum, as published in Shadowland magazine, September 1919. Painted from a photograph, it features a likeness of American silent film actress Ruth Roland, who was endorsing the product with… Read More

★ Easter Portrait for Whitman Chocolates by N. Muray (1945)

★ I know Easter is over, but I just cannot resist sharing this wonderfully vibrant portrait of a young woman wearing an Easter hat, photographed by Nickolas Muray for Whitman Chocolates (1945). Presumably intended to form part of Whitman’s… Read More

★ Ad for Van Nelle’s Afternoon Tea (1927)

★ Wonderful illustrated advert for Van Nelle’s Afternoon Tea (1927). Stylistically, this advert is so typical of the period. From the warm shades of apricot, blue and brown that make up the colour palette, to the highly idealized woman with the fashionable Marcel wave hairstyle, simple… Read More

★ Happy Easter! Vintage Greetings Card (c.1910)

★ I know that Easter Monday isn’t an official holiday in a lot of places, but it is here in the UK, so Happy Easter! I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend with your friends and family! Because I didn’t really want to wait a full 365 days until… Read More

★ Magazine Illustration by Irving Nurick (1948)

★ Great watercolour illustration by prolific American artist, Irving Nurick, as featured in the January 1948 edition of Ladies Home Journal. I know that photographs tend to dominate magazines these days, but I think there’s so… Read More

★ ‘Coquette’ (1929) – Vintage Film Poster

★ Canadian-American actress and producer, Mary Pickford, was born on this day in 1892. In a film career lasting from 1909 to 1933, she appeared in over 150 shorts and 52 feature films, and was the most popular actress of the 1910s and 1920s. Variously dubbed ‘Queen of the… Read More

★ 1956 Advert for the Cadillac Sedan DeVille

★ A truly fabulous image to advertise a fabulous car. They really don’t make them like this anymore! (Neither the car, nor the advert.) Intended to advertise the swanky Cadillac Sedan de Ville, this gorgeous illustration is by Jon Whitcomb and dates from 1956. Retailing for… Read More

★ Vintage Advert for Whitworth Cycles

★ Isn’t this advert for Whitworth Cycles just great?! Dating from around 1890, it’s by the famous Romanian artist, Jean de Paleologu. With the six pretty girls gazing down admiringly at the dashing young cyclist, it reflects the now-often-forgotten fact that during cycling’s… Read More

★ ‘Éirinn go Brách’ – Happy St Patrick’s Day!

★ Happy St Patrick’s Day everyone! A super quick post just to wish you a good day, and to show you this vintage St Patrick’s Day postcard dated around 1908. It features a really quirky illustration by New York based artist, Ellen Clapsaddle… Read More