15 Vintage Food Ads That’ll Make You Miss Retro Magazines
Look through vintage food ads from Kraft, French's, and others that were printed back when a loaf of bread was only a couple cents.
Kraft Dinner first hit supermarkets in 1937. The 19¢ box of macaroni & cheese proved popular during the Great Depression and is still a quick and delicious dinner for busy parents around the world. Don’t miss these vintage ads that show what travel used to look like back in the day, too.
Life Savers Candies
As shown in this 1962 ad, Life Savers was marketed as “the candy with the hole.” In 1919, Clarence Crane punched holes in the center of his mints to make them stand out from similar sweets of the time.
Peter Pan Peanut Butter
According to this 1950 ad, smooth or chunky, Peter Pan is the favorite of every kid on the block. Check out these vintage ads for cars we wish were still around today.
When women worked the factory lines at Whitman’s during World War II, they often slipped handwritten notes in the boxes sent to U.S. soldiers. Some of the notes resulted in romances and weddings!
Campbell’s Tomato Soup
This flashy fruit shows off the company’s signature red-and-white color scheme. A Campbell’s executive chose this shade after being dazzled by the deep red color of Cornell University’s football uniforms. These vintage food brands are much older than you’d think.
Dairy Queen Sundae
Dairy Queen’s ice cream is so much more than soft-serve, it’s “the cone with the curl on top!” This iconic recipe is just as popular today as it was when this 1953 ad was run. Here are more of the oldest chain restaurants in the country.
After launching at the 1904 Saint Louis World’s Fair as “Cream Salad Mustard,” French’s has grown to become one of the top-selling brands of mustard in the world.
Betty Crocker Devils Food Cake
Betty Crocker started selling cake mix in 1948. Since its debut, the Betty Crocker brand has expanded to offer over 25 different flavors of cake mix, plus cookie mix, muffin mix, and more. Don’t miss these vintage recipes from the ’20s worth trying today.
This Libby’s ad is aimed squarely at busy moms whose kids spend their summer days working up a thirst running from one prank to the next. The “frozen” beneath the bright red Libby’s logo is almost an afterthought—and why not? Who has time to wait for fresh-squeezed juice when there’s a baby sister to tease?
Quaker Oats Chocolate Oatmeal
By the 1970s, cold cereals were firmly established as snacks, with brands such as Chex popular for party mixes. Hot cereals like Quaker Oats struggled to compete. The solution? Every kid’s favorite flavor: chocolate. These vintage kitchen items are worth more than you’d think.
Niblets Canned Corn
Few side dishes are as easy to throw together as a can of sweet corn.
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Lunch Box Sandwich Spread
This mixture of tangy relish, sweet red pepper, and spices was advertised as an easy way to upgrade any sandwich in 1596.
Log Cabin Maple Syrup
Who doesn’t love drizzling a healthy helping of maple syrup over their breakfast? Don’t miss these rare photos of what life was really like in the 1950s.
Brach’s Chocolate Cherries
While Valentine’s Day ads get more lovey-dovey each year, this one for chocolate cherries keeps it simple. Nowadays you might recognize Brach’s for their candy corn because it’s a best seller in the United States. Next, check out these vintage home trends that will take you way back.