Not too long ago, I ran across an old soap box from the 1940’s to the 1950’s and got to thinking about all the different forms of advertising that you can run across. That box in question is for Kirk’s American Family White Flakes, and it was made by Proctor And Gamble.
The soap box can be seen in my Etsy store here. What’s fun about that box is that it has a coupon on the box that has a value of 16 mills. Mills were before my time, and I found out that a mill is worth one tenth of one cent (it takes 10 to make a cent, and they were used when sales tax is 1% of the price).
At that sale, I got to thinking about all the different forms of advertising, even the pieces that end up being fun (and useful) to have around. One piece is this cast iron paperweight advertising EL RECO GAS.
The fun thing is that it actually looks like a gas station attendant. Not only that, it still can be used today on any desk. You can see it in my Etsy store here.
The last thing that came to mind was this small tin Prince Albert Tobacco advertising sign.
Whenever I look at that sign, I think that it looks almost exactly like the side of the can. You can see that sign in my Etsy sign here.
What kinds of different examples of advertising pieces have you run across?