Here comes another fun tip from The Roanoke Times librarian Belinda Harris, who writes “Looking Back,” a column that runs in every Monday’s issue. Belinda has been mighty busy lately, because this year, the newspaper’s is celebrating 125 years in business! We are seeking keepsakes and reader memories from the past century and a quarter. If you have a cool old issue or story to contribute, or if you just want to see some vintage photographs, click here.
Back on topic: Belinda recently ran across a fantastic website and forwarded the link to me. Vintageadbrowser.com offers a collection of old advertisements, some of which date back to the 1800s. When you hit the gateway page for the site, you will see a whole bunch of categories. Check out “food” or “drinks.”
You’ll see the little girl with the little curl right in the middle of her forehead selling Kellogg’s corn flakes, the lady serving a piece of chocolate cake to her fellow and hiding the instant frosting mix behind her back, and advice about how Velveeta can help you be a good mother, to name a few. The Burger King ad you see here is from the 1970s.
I love to try and pick up on the trends when I look back through these ads. One can see the rise of more convenience and packaged foods. One can also see the addiction to gelatin in its many forms. Do you see any ads that take you back?