RetroReveries

Fun Vintage Advertising Art & Illustrations

Portland, Maine · 1806 Sales

RetroReveries

Fun Vintage Advertising Art & Illustrations

Portland, Maine 1806 Sales On Etsy since 2014

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Announcement   Retro Reveries celebrates vintage advertisements and illustrations from the midcentury modern era (1930s-1960s). Not only do the nostalgic prints make creative wall art for your home or office decor, but they make fantastic birthday, retirement, and housewarming gifts. Browse by categories, search by keyword, or scroll page by page for a fun trip down memory lane. US orders $25 or greater ship for free.

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Last updated on May 20, 2018

Retro Reveries celebrates vintage advertisements and illustrations from the midcentury modern era (1930s-1960s). Not only do the nostalgic prints make creative wall art for your home or office decor, but they make fantastic birthday, retirement, and housewarming gifts. Browse by categories, search by keyword, or scroll page by page for a fun trip down memory lane. US orders $25 or greater ship for free.

Beth

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anlassig1

anlassig1 on May 23, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Folded the pic to fit this frame/kitchen wall. Always a great experience with your shop!!

Nancy

Nancy on May 17, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Perfect! I am very happy!! Thank you also for the hint to display the poster! Shiping very well done!

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Take a stroll down memory lane with cool vintage advertising art from the 1930s-1960s

Retro Reveries started after I read several articles about the popularity of vintage advertising. I discovered that during the first half of the 20th Century, magazines and ad agencies hired fantastic artists and illustrators to create custom art for publications. I'm a watercolor painter, so the artwork really caught my eye. Then there's the fact that there are only so many of these original printed gems out there, which essentially makes them limited edition prints. It's also a wonderful opportunity for me to use my library/information science training in a very fun way.

So why did I choose the midcentury modern era? Well, the magazine covers, story art, and advertisements featured bright, cheerful, fun images depicting everyday life in America. Even the fonts and taglines were clever, energetic, and upbeat. They just make people happy. These prints tell wonderful stories of families spending time together, women keeping house in heels, men heading to the office, mischievous children (often red-haired boys with missing teeth and lots of freckles), summer family vacations, exotic cruises, you name it. Ford, Pontiac, Plymouth, Chevrolet, Nash, Studebaker, Cadillac, and many other automakers produced gorgeous cars that we now call classics. And of course, there are the Saturday Evening Post covers, which may have had the most wonderful art of all. That's why it has its own section here!

Today, the original magazine covers and inside illustrations and advertisements are widely collected by enthusiasts all around the world, and can be quite valuable.

Happy browsing!
-Beth

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Last updated on Nov 17, 2017
Frequently asked questions

How can I hide the print from the other side of the page?

Easy - use a piece of black paper or board behind the page. This will make any distracting graphics or print seem to disappear. I always recommend doing this if you're framing it. I'm particular about this myself, so I will point it out in the description if it's an issue.

Is this an original or a reproduction?

Everything on Retro Reveries is original to the magazine published back in the day. No reproductions, no books, just pages from periodicals (that's what makes them special). When you purchase your print(s), I will provide you with the source info.

What are the dimensions?

The size is provided in the description. If you're using a phone or tablet, click the down arrow to see more information.

If you're planning to frame it, it's best to take the print with you to purchase the frame to be sure of getting a perfect match.