Vintage Camera Ads


This coming World Photography Day is not only about celebrating the art of photography, but also putting cameras in the spotlight, especially the analog classics! Let us go back in time and take a look at some vintage camera ads that likewise showcased the timeless beauty of analog cameras.

Because today’s high-tech and fast-paced world has made it easier to find and learn about cameras, we don’t usually find elaborate printed camera ads anymore. Several decades ago, people can only find information about cameras mostly in printed materials such as newspapers and magazines While most of today’s camera ads are quite plain and straight-forward, vintage camera ads of decades past evidently leaned towards a more creative and communicative approach. Potential buyers are drawn to a particular analogue beauty through unique illustrations, catchy taglines, and persuasive descriptions.

Many of these vintage camera ads are as classic as the cameras themselves, still able to mesmerize camera-loving people. Today, many vintage enthusiasts and camera collectors are looking for prints of these ads to include their collections and photography memorabilia. Why don’t we take a look at some of them now to see if they can still work their charm and get us to go on an analogue camera hunt?

Photos via Classic Camera Gallery and

I’m not sure about everyone, but I think I’m sold on Kodak’s ads alone; they made such beautifully classy ones with eye-catching illustrations! I’m loving the ones done in pin-up style as well. All these delicious vintage camera ads would make awesome additions to a camera collector’s room, don’t you think?

What do you think of these vintage camera ads? Tell us through a comment below!

written by plasticpopsicle on 2011-08-18 in #lifestyle #classic #advertisements #film-cameras #analog #analogue-lifestyle #camera-ads #lomography #world-photography-day #vintage #vintage-camera-ads


  1. wuxiong
    wuxiong ·

    great ...<:)

  2. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Love these adds! The Linhof camera looks huge...

  3. plasticpopsicle
    plasticpopsicle ·

    @vicuna I agree, makes me want to look for one and see for myself if it's that huge!

  4. natalieerachel
    natalieerachel ·

    Those ads are sooo cool! I wish I had some of those cameras...

  5. jean_louis_pujol
    jean_louis_pujol ·

    I would like to make to comment. First, your flyers are beautiful and drive me in a mood of nostalgia because most of them look like the old ads that I've read in the magazines when I was a child. Second, your aticle is most interesting and so well-written. I have a kodak retinette1B. This is one of the telemetric shown in the ad.

  6. plasticpopsicle
    plasticpopsicle ·

    @natalieerachel Me too, I'd be happy to get any of those cameras!

    @jean_louis_pujol Thank you, kind sir! I love these ads, and I'll be out looking for some more in cyberspace! You really are lucky to have seen and read them in actual magazines! I really love the Kodak cameras!

  7. francesco1
    francesco1 ·


  8. alex34
    alex34 ·

    Yes, the Linhof is classic-'buy a hand held camera bigger than a human head', tricky sales pitch 8->

  9. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    The vintage adds are awesome!

  10. projectsnap
    projectsnap ·

    Minox 35 FTW :)

  11. nicx
    nicx ·

    These are so awesome!

  12. izaiza
    izaiza ·

    love love love

  13. inkybrown
    inkybrown ·

    Cool article, only I wish the ads were labeled with the year or at least decade, so I could put them in context. :)

  14. ibkc
    ibkc ·

    I want one of those Linhof cameras.

  15. bomboniera
    bomboniera ·


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