8 Vintage Christmas Ads from the Past 90 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 favorite from before WWI. Check out these vintage Christmas decorations that might be worth money today.
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 back in the day.
A red Christmas
Family Circle, 1962: Santa endorses everyone’s favorite 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.
Reader’s Digest, 1966: Santa gets glasses.
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. Read some real letters to Santa from kids dating back almost 100 years.
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