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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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Modern Pocket Mirror Advertising Collection
Sep 29, 6:00 PM EDT
Modern Pocket Mirror Advertising Collection
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$2720 Bids
Vintage Mountain Dew 6 Pack Carrier With Bottles
Sep 29, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage Mountain Dew 6 Pack Carrier With Bottles
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$4115 Bids
Vintage Reddy Kilowatt Celluloid Pocket Mirror
Sep 29, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage Reddy Kilowatt Celluloid Pocket Mirror
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$2014 Bids
SCALE THERMOMETER U-HAUL RENTALS
Nov 12, 9:00 AM CST
SCALE THERMOMETER U-HAUL RENTALS
by Millers Auction Co.
Est: $0- $0
$1,55013 Bids
TELECHRON CLOCK RC ROYAL CROWN COLA SODA POP
Dec 02, 9:00 AM CST
TELECHRON CLOCK RC ROYAL CROWN COLA SODA POP
by Millers Auction Co.
Est: $0- $0
$9011 Bids
EMBOSSED TIN SIGN ENJOY ORANGE CRUSH SODA POP
Feb 11, 9:00 AM CST
EMBOSSED TIN SIGN ENJOY ORANGE CRUSH SODA POP
by Millers Auction Co.
Est: $0- $0
$75011 Bids
EMBOSSED TIN SIGN ANHEUSER BUSCH BUDWEISER BEER
Nov 12, 9:00 AM CST
EMBOSSED TIN SIGN ANHEUSER BUSCH BUDWEISER BEER
by Millers Auction Co.
Est: $0- $0
$1,25011 Bids
NOS 12" THERMOMETER DRINK DR PEPPER HOT OR COLD
Dec 02, 9:00 AM CST
NOS 12" THERMOMETER DRINK DR PEPPER HOT OR COLD
by Millers Auction Co.
Est: $0- $0
$22510 Bids
PRE PRO TIN LITHO BEER SIGN LEMP FALSTAFF BREWING ST LOUIS MO
Feb 11, 9:00 AM CST
PRE PRO TIN LITHO BEER SIGN LEMP FALSTAFF BREWING ST LOUIS MO
by Millers Auction Co.
Est: $0- $0
$70010 Bids
Rare Burnett's Cocoaine Boston Bottle
Sep 29, 6:00 PM EDT
Rare Burnett's Cocoaine Boston Bottle
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$3510 Bids
Vintage Stag Tobacco Pocket Tin
Sep 29, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage Stag Tobacco Pocket Tin
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$2610 Bids
NOS EMBOSSED TIN SIGN CHAMPION SPARK PLUGS
Feb 11, 9:00 AM CST
NOS EMBOSSED TIN SIGN CHAMPION SPARK PLUGS
by Millers Auction Co.
Est: $0- $0
$3259 Bids
CARDSTOCK SIGN ORIGINAL FRAME NESBITTS SODA POP
Dec 02, 9:00 AM CST
CARDSTOCK SIGN ORIGINAL FRAME NESBITTS SODA POP
by Millers Auction Co.
Est: $0- $0
$1509 Bids
TIN THERMOMETER SIGN PABST BLUE RIBBON BEER
Dec 03, 9:00 AM CST
TIN THERMOMETER SIGN PABST BLUE RIBBON BEER
by Millers Auction Co.
Est: $0- $0
$2259 Bids
Antique Horlick's Malted Milk Celluloid Pocket Mirror
Sep 29, 6:00 PM EDT
Antique Horlick's Malted Milk Celluloid Pocket Mirror
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$479 Bids
Antique Globe Tobacco Company Amber Glass Jar
Sep 29, 6:00 PM EDT
Antique Globe Tobacco Company Amber Glass Jar
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$259 Bids
BEER TRAY DEER BRAND SCHELL BREWING NEW ULM MN
Dec 03, 9:00 AM CST
BEER TRAY DEER BRAND SCHELL BREWING NEW ULM MN
by Millers Auction Co.
Est: $0- $0
$909 Bids
2 SIDED PORCELAIN SIGN DENMARK BREWING OLD TOWN
Dec 03, 9:00 AM CST
2 SIDED PORCELAIN SIGN DENMARK BREWING OLD TOWN
by Millers Auction Co.
Est: $0- $0
$5758 Bids
PORCELAIN SINCLAIR OIL & GAS CO LEASE SIGN GRAY COUNTY
Dec 02, 9:00 AM CST
PORCELAIN SINCLAIR OIL & GAS CO LEASE SIGN GRAY COUNTY
by Millers Auction Co.
Est: $0- $0
$1508 Bids
LIGHTED BACK BAR SIGN METZ BEER OMAHA NEBRASKA
Dec 03, 9:00 AM CST
LIGHTED BACK BAR SIGN METZ BEER OMAHA NEBRASKA
by Millers Auction Co.
Est: $0- $0
$2008 Bids
Vintage Easel Back Goldie Key Holder Midget Charm Knife Store Display
Sep 29, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage Easel Back Goldie Key Holder Midget Charm Knife Store Display
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$138 Bids
BALL BEER TAP KNOB WEST BEND LITHIA WISCONSIN
Dec 03, 9:00 AM CST
BALL BEER TAP KNOB WEST BEND LITHIA WISCONSIN
by Millers Auction Co.
Est: $0- $0
$5258 Bids
TIN FLANGE SIGN DRINK DR PEPPER GOOD FOR LIFE
Feb 11, 9:00 AM CST
TIN FLANGE SIGN DRINK DR PEPPER GOOD FOR LIFE
by Millers Auction Co.
Est: $0- $0
$5258 Bids
Selection Of Maine Number Plates
Oct 01, 10:00 AM EDT
Selection Of Maine Number Plates
by Gary R. Wallace Auctioneers Inc.
Est: $0- $0
$858 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Advertising - General


Millers Auction Co.

Millers Auction Co.

Mebane Antique Auction

Mebane Antique Auction

Milestone Auctions

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