Advertising - General

People have bought and sold goods since ancient times, and they have advertised their goods for sale for just as long. Ancient Egyptians used steel carvings and papyrus signs to advertise their wares. Romans put up posters on walls to advertise gladiator events, and in the Middle Ages, town criers would call out when and where local open markets would be held.

Advertising changed dramatically with the invention of the printing press around 1440. Print advertising suddenly became affordable, allowing businesses to reach many more people through newspapers and fliers than they ever had before. Classified ads first appeared in 1631 in France, and the first promotional product was a clothing button from 1789 commemorating the election of George Washington as the first president of the United States. Later, Sears ran the first direct marketing campaign in 1891 when it mailed postcards to 8,000 potential customers. The 20th and 21st centuries have seen a rapid expansion in advertising, including radio, television, and internet ads.

Promotional products are of particular interest to collectors of advertising memorabilia. These are often souvenirs or household items that include a brand logo. The Buddy Lee jeans doll, Budweiser neon lights, or a deck of Marilyn Monroe playing cards are a just a few examples of collectible promotional products.

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PORCELAIN FLANGE SIGN TEXACO MOTOR OIL
Feb 12, 9:00 AM CST
PORCELAIN FLANGE SIGN TEXACO MOTOR OIL
by Millers Auction Co.
Est: $0- $0
$62516 Bids
Dennet Harvesting and Mowing Machines sign
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Dennet Harvesting and Mowing Machines sign
by Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC
Est: $25- $200
$75013 Bids
EARLY TIN FLANGE SIGN GOODRICH TIRES
Feb 12, 9:00 AM CST
EARLY TIN FLANGE SIGN GOODRICH TIRES
by Millers Auction Co.
Est: $0- $0
$15011 Bids
FOMOCO GENUINE FORD PARTS TIN SIGN
Feb 12, 9:00 AM CST
FOMOCO GENUINE FORD PARTS TIN SIGN
by Millers Auction Co.
Est: $0- $0
$35011 Bids
PORCELAIN FLANGE SIGN SUN OILS SUNOCO
Feb 12, 9:00 AM CST
PORCELAIN FLANGE SIGN SUN OILS SUNOCO
by Millers Auction Co.
Est: $0- $0
$42511 Bids
Beech Nut Hams & Bacon advertising pig
Oct 23, 8:30 AM EDT
Beech Nut Hams & Bacon advertising pig
by Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC
Est: $25- $200
$60011 Bids
Armour's "Star" Hams and Bacon sign
Oct 23, 8:30 AM EDT
Armour's "Star" Hams and Bacon sign
by Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC
Est: $25- $200
$40011 Bids
DIE CUT TIN FLANGE SIGN PENNSYLVANIA VACUUM CUP
Feb 12, 9:00 AM CST
DIE CUT TIN FLANGE SIGN PENNSYLVANIA VACUUM CUP
by Millers Auction Co.
Est: $0- $0
$25010 Bids
Chicago and Northwestern Railway sign
Oct 23, 8:30 AM EDT
Chicago and Northwestern Railway sign
by Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC
Est: $25- $200
$35010 Bids
EMBOSSED PORCELAIN SIGN FLYING A SERVICE GASOLINE
Feb 12, 9:00 AM CST
EMBOSSED PORCELAIN SIGN FLYING A SERVICE GASOLINE
by Millers Auction Co.
Est: $0- $0
$5259 Bids
2 SIDED PORCELAIN SIGN CAPITOL BEER JEFFERSON CITY
Feb 12, 9:00 AM CST
2 SIDED PORCELAIN SIGN CAPITOL BEER JEFFERSON CITY
by Millers Auction Co.
Est: $0- $0
$1759 Bids
EMBOSSED TIN SIGN HEILEMANS OLD STYLE LAGER BEER
Dec 04, 9:00 AM CST
EMBOSSED TIN SIGN HEILEMANS OLD STYLE LAGER BEER
by Millers Auction Co.
Est: $0- $0
$908 Bids
PRE PRO LITHO BEER SIGN PABST BREWING MILWAUKEE
Dec 04, 9:00 AM CST
PRE PRO LITHO BEER SIGN PABST BREWING MILWAUKEE
by Millers Auction Co.
Est: $0- $0
$1258 Bids
Singer Sewing Machines sign
Oct 23, 8:30 AM EDT
Singer Sewing Machines sign
by Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC
Est: $25- $200
$1508 Bids
NOS EMBOSSED TIN SIGN QUIKY TART & TANGY SODA POP
Dec 04, 9:00 AM CST
NOS EMBOSSED TIN SIGN QUIKY TART & TANGY SODA POP
by Millers Auction Co.
Est: $0- $0
$1757 Bids
Salesman sample Truetone Wind Charger
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Salesman sample Truetone Wind Charger
by Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC
Est: $25- $200
$4257 Bids
Gorham Sterling Silver Three Piece Tea Set with Plated Tray
Oct 24, 6:00 PM EDT
Gorham Sterling Silver Three Piece Tea Set with Plated Tray
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$2007 Bids
TIN SIGN KILL EM BEFORE YOU THROW THEM AWAY FIRE
Feb 12, 9:00 AM CST
TIN SIGN KILL EM BEFORE YOU THROW THEM AWAY FIRE
by Millers Auction Co.
Est: $0- $0
$1257 Bids
bp parity badge
WELLS FARGO AND CO GAURD R.R. DIVISION BADGE
Oct 19, 12:00 PM EDT
WELLS FARGO AND CO GAURD R.R. DIVISION BADGE
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$117 Bids
Dogs N Suds neon sign
Oct 23, 8:30 AM EDT
Dogs N Suds neon sign
by Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC
Est: $25- $200
$5506 Bids
SLOMAN'S DIAMOND WEDDING WHISKEY TIN LITHO SIGN
Dec 04, 9:00 AM CST
SLOMAN'S DIAMOND WEDDING WHISKEY TIN LITHO SIGN
by Millers Auction Co.
Est: $0- $0
$906 Bids
EMBOSSED TIN SIGN BULL DURHAM SMOKING TOBACCO
Feb 12, 9:00 AM CST
EMBOSSED TIN SIGN BULL DURHAM SMOKING TOBACCO
by Millers Auction Co.
Est: $0- $0
$2006 Bids
PRE PRO ANHEUSER BUSCH BEER TRAY ST LOUIS MO
Dec 04, 9:00 AM CST
PRE PRO ANHEUSER BUSCH BEER TRAY ST LOUIS MO
by Millers Auction Co.
Est: $0- $0
$2256 Bids
PORCELAIN CORNER BEER SIGN BRAZIL BREWING INDIANA
Feb 12, 9:00 AM CST
PORCELAIN CORNER BEER SIGN BRAZIL BREWING INDIANA
by Millers Auction Co.
Est: $0- $0
$1,6006 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Advertising - General


Millers Auction Co.

Millers Auction Co.

Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC

Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC

Matthew Bullock Auctioneers

Matthew Bullock Auctioneers