About Vintage Ad Browser
Vintage Ad Browser was created in 2009/2010 and released in 2010, by Philipp Lenssen from Germany, currently living in China. This site aims to collect vintage ads from a variety of sources, including comic books, CD-Roms, websites, APIs, your submissions, book, magazine & comic book scans, and more. At the moment, this site contains 123,311 ads. Vintage Ad Browser has a sister site called Cover Browser, started in 2006 – please have a look.
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have feedback, or a vintage ad collection you'd like to see added to the see, I'd love to hear from you.
Thanks to IanF for early feedback on this site. Thanks to everyone else who gives feedback, too!
"Corporate advertising ... is the largest single psychological project ever undertaken by the human race."
– Kalle Lasn
"Advertising is the greatest art form of the twentieth century."
– Marshall McLuhan
Please note that in order to finance this site and continue working on it & improving it for all of you, some of this site's links pointing to sites where you can buy an individual print ad are affiliate links, i.e. I might get a commission for a sale or click. This does not influence the selection of the ads though; ads which don't have a buy link or where there is a non-affiliate buy link are collected here just the same.
What people have said about Vintage Ad Browser
"That is AMAZING ... As a freelance illustrator, I depend on people like you who archive and collect examples of different styles and eras. Your site is an amazing source of inspiration and reference." -Squid at Reddit
"I love flipping through these ads" -Typeapp at Twitter
"[I]f you've got a private project, or just an interest in the history of pitching products, it's a great space to spend some time." -Kevin of Lifehacker
"Certain to inspire, or possibly just give you fodder for a great presentation." -Seth Godin
"This is great! I'm gonna be browsing for hours" -Nate at Reddit
"Wow! ... I just found out what I will be doing the rest of the day." -OhThrow at Reddit
"An absolute gold mine." -Simon at SimonWillison.net
"Ad Heaven" -Jeffrey Zeldman
"My school offers courses in both marketing and advertising design. I can see the Vintage Ad Browser being useful for those students to examine the evolution of print advertising. The Vintage Ad Browser could also be used for teaching lessons in recognizing bias and hidden messages in print materials." -Mr. Byrne at Free Technology for Teachers
"Incredible resource ... I can see myself farming this for inspiration a lot in the future." -GreyJay at Reddit
"[A]n online index of yesterday's marketing. Fun!" -OkNetwork at Twitter
"I love vintage ads! Nothing is more inspiring to me than some 1920's typography, and nothing is more hilarious than 1960's car ads. So the Vintage Ad Browser is just about the greatest thing on the internet to me." -Curtis at CurtisHenson.com
"Nice resource for inspiration" -MaggieGirl at Delicious
"I just sent this to the professor that taught me marketing. I'm sure he's going to enjoy this. I did." -SaintGator at Reddit
"Awesome cheese factor." -Jen at Livejournal
"This has to be the best site I've ever seen on the internet. [It's] so much fun to search!" -Kay from Canada
"This has just made me decide that my career of choice would be a 1920's movie star ... In all seriousness, though--great collection!" -Spiffy at Reddit
My home address: Philipp Lenssen, Rudolfstr. 8, 70190 Stuttgart, Germany