Category: Adverts

Kops Bairn’s Wine, 1924

You can’t give a baby booze, to quote Vic and Bob. Oh, you can with this one, it’s “temperance”, non-alcoholic “Kops Wine”. Kids wine. Plus, a slagging off in 1891 for temperance “Kops Ale”,...

Liquid Lino, 1932

Brighten up your lino by painting it with “Darkaline” stain. Judging by a number of posts about attempting to remove 1930s “Darkaline” stain from wooden beams and the like, on DIY talk boards, it...

Kill That Rat, 1941

A public information advert on how to get rid of rats during the Second World War. They were eating food supplies and so “were doing Hitler’s work” I find myself quite uncomfortable with this...

Fels-Naptha Soap Advert, 1903

A 1903 advert for Fels-Naptha, a laundry soap. This is a nicely poetic demonstration of how text-based graphic design could be used to grab attention in a newspaper advert.

Women’s Facial Hair Removal, 1914

A lovely little advert from 1914 for women’s facial hair removal. The “Ejecthair” system makes big promises – “It not only causes the hairs to instantly vanish, but without pain or harm kills the...