Historical advertisements provide a significant and informative perspective on the evolution of modern American and international business and culture. There are hundreds of collectors organizations, countless archives like the Emergence of Advertising in America archive at Duke, seemingly endless exhibits in our universities and institutions like The Smithsonian, and millions of nostalgic collectors and historical decorators who seek original antique and vintage advertising.
Period Paper leads the world in this historical advertising market, with 10's of thousands of original print ads including the most rare and obscure (ads dating back to the 1790's), to the historically significant, to the everyday snapshot or focus of a society, or country, or business at a given time in history.
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This is an original 1932 halftone print of a meeting at the Palmer House in Chicago, Illinois. The caption writes, "On the fourteenth of January labor convened in the Ballroom... View full product details
This is an original 1931 halftone print of Lobito Bay in Angola. The bay is the beginning of the Benguela Railway, which extends from the port to Luau, as well... View full product details
This is an original 1931 color print of a stoplight for locomotives in Fostoria, Ohio. The caption writes, "This mast governs two tracks on the right. Green over red shows... View full product details
This is an original 1932 halftone print of signatures of the presidents of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen, Order of Railway Conductors of America,... View full product details
This is an original 1932 halftone print of nine signatures of presidents of the railroads Baltimore & Ohio, Erie, New Haven, Atlanta & West Point, Norfolk & Western, Central of... View full product details