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Sepia Saturday 529 Theme Image (18 July 2020)

Sepia Saturday 529 Theme Image (18 July 2020)

Every week Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to post based on a prompt. This week’s prompt is above, so I went hunting for vintage advertisements. Here’s what I found.




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Cigarette Ads from the Library of Congress. All from 1880

tar soap

Library of Congress, 1910

dobbins medicated soap

Library of Congress, 1869

ivory soap

Library of Congress, 1898


Sepia Saturday

Sepia Saturday 453 : 19 January 2019

I’ve gone with a look through the archives for cigarette themed images. First I found this image in an anti-smoking story


Harpers Young People, 187

_______ (<– not shown) want all the boys who are in the habit of smoking* cigarettes, of who are beginning to learn how to smoke them, to pay attention while we tell them of a sad event that recently took place ill one of our Eastern cities. Among-the number of bright boys who had set out to become business men was a lad fifteen years of age, employed in a lawyer’s office. During- his leisure hours and on Sundays lie was in the habit of smoking cigarettes, the smoke of which he inhaled. From this he passed to chewing tobacco, and it is said that when he was not smoking a cigarette he always had tobacco in his mouth, and occasionally combined the two. His parents endeavored to break him of the habit, but all they could _____(alas not legible). His health soon began to fail rapidly, and his family, who were not aware that tobacco would have such injurious effects, fancied that his weakness was caused by the close confinement which lie had to undergo at his place of business.


UK Archives, 1966


UK Archives 1966

Appealing to people’s sense of luxury to get them to stop smoking.



Now, of course, there were plenty of ads for smoking. Here are some that stuck me as outrageous.


Santa, shame on you!


Baby, you’re all wrong

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This week Sepia Saturday’s challenge inspired me to go through the archives to find images of old billboards. For more Sepia Saturday posts click here.

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North Carolina State Archives, 1945


US National Archives, Florida, 1970s


National Library of Australia, 1925

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Sepia Saturday Theme Image 395

This week’s prompt shows four men enjoying some beer. I was inspired me to find some images of ads for beer. Boy, were there a lot, enough for a book or even a whole library. Each tells a lot about each era. I found these with Google search so there wasn’t the metadata that’s helpful. So we have to guess the dates.

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beer change world

japanese beer ad

burn beer


Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise


A brain-shaped poster in a McDonald’s in Shanghai

My friends and I were quite surprised to see this cover a wall at McDonald’s. Most of the images symbolize violence and there are few if any females represented. What on earth does this say? Why would McDonald’s have this to view while you eat? It’s on Nanjing Road East if you want to see it.

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Chinese Cigarette Ads

At the Nanjing Art Museum they had an exhibit of cigarette ads from the 1920s and earlier. I wanted to take photos, but the guard stopped me. So I’ve found a few online.

I was struck by how innocent the ads are and how small the image of the actual advertised product is. Cigarette brands had curious English names including: White Horse, Baby, Goldbar, Double Crane, Pleasure, The Globe, Golden Dragon, Blue Dragon, The Golden Horse, Golden Ax, Pearl, Ruby Queen, Fancy Isle, The Three Castles, Berlin, Original Pinhead, Honey Bee, Richness, The Beauty, The Raven, Great Wall, and The Rat.

The museum had a number of ad posters with middle aged men dressed in Imperial era robes and sweet young things entralled with them. I wish I could have taken some photos (without flash, of course).