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Cold War Vintage Ads

Cold War Vintage Ads

The Red Menace: fascinating vintage ads from the times of Communism and the Cold War.

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A Scot Tissue Towels ad. (Photo)

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A 1950′s propaganda ad from Radio Free Europe, printed at Better Homes and Gardens magazine. (Photo)

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“Communism and Christianity”, a 1955 ad from Canadair. (Photo)

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A Republic Steel ad from 1951. (Photo)

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A 1949 ad for Douglas Aircraft Company. (Photo)

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U.S. Savings Bonds ad from 1962. (Photo)

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This is one of the great print ads from Expo 1967 marketing blitz. Printed in American magazines, it played off the major theme ofthe cold war , USA vs Russia, taunting the American audience to get to the Expo and check in on the Russian building project. A little dark but extremely witty and smart. (Photo)

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A Western Electric ad from 1951. (Photo)

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Compare two boys working under the shadow of a) Lincoln and b) Lenin, says this Young & Rubicam 1959 ad. (Photo)

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A 1961 Radio Free Europe ad. (Photo)

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Another Radio Free Europe ad from the sixties. (Photo)

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This 1956 advert from Canada exhorts the young men of that nation to get off their behinds and go train to become better athletes than their communist counterparts. The fact that sporting excellence is good propaganda for any nation failed to encourage the Canadian government to sponsor its athletes as communist countries had done. (Photo)

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Another Canadair from 1955 about Communism and education. (Photo)

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“How to Survive an Atomic Bomb”, a 1951 ad by the Mutual of Omaha, an insurance company. (Photo)

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A 1951 ad by the American Railway Car Institute. (Photo)

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  1. TwistedSifter
    TwistedSifter 12 November, 2009, 22:37

    Great compilation! I love seeing vintage ads like these. In the grand scheme these weren’t even that long ago. Makes you wonder how future generations will look back at our current ad industry.

  2. Quality Waffle
    Quality Waffle 13 November, 2009, 07:01

    “How to survive an atomic bomb”?!!!!!

    I would imagine just not being in the same vicinity as one is your only hope!!!

  3. Adam Luttman
    Adam Luttman 14 December, 2009, 07:49

    Or you could hide in a led fridge like Indie Jones… :/

  4. brodie
    brodie 14 December, 2009, 12:59

    Great article thanks for sharing!

  5. Pink-O Joe
    Pink-O Joe 14 December, 2009, 16:33

    I’m a little confused by the Communist Timetable:

    1949 China
    1951 Tibet (2 years)
    1954 Vietnam (3 years)
    1961 Cuba (7 years)

    Looks to me like Communism is slowing down, not speeding up!

  6. Isabella
    Isabella 2 March, 2010, 17:36

    Exactly, what i was looking for!

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    John Thomas 16 July, 2010, 01:36

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  10. Erik
    Erik 31 March, 2011, 11:30

    Great pictures! Too bad the text is too small to read in some of them, but I’m still definetly going to use this in my history classes on the Cold War! :D

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