While you’re turkey is still digesting, I thought we’d kick off the Christmas season with some vintage celebrity ads.

Dick Van Dyke promoted The Handle, Kodak’s version of the Polaroid. In fact, this product was so much like a Polaroid that they sued Kodak and the product was removed from the market.


Arthur Godfrey, Bing Crosby, Perry Como, and Bob Hope thought Chesterfield Cigarettes were the answer to all your holiday shopping dilemmas!


Future President, Ronald Reagan, also thought Chesterfield Cigarettes were great for gift giving!


Wait a minute! Bob Hope switched from cigarettes to Page & Shaw chocolates. Good move, Bob!


Who better than Donna Reed to be the face of Singer sewing machines? The ad also includes other characters from “The Donna Reed Show”.


The Lone Ranger (Clayton Moore) and Tonto (Jay Silverheels) want you to buy and use Christmas Seals.


Not to be outdone, The Three Stooges’ Curly, Moe, and Larry urged you to buy U.S. Savings Bonds for Christmas.


Sammy Davis Jr. was all about the “plop, plop, fizz, fizz” of Alka Seltzer.



Joan Crawford gave out Lucky Strike Cigarettes.


Here, an entire carload of stars urged you to buy Lucky Strike Cigarettes. The ad included Jack Benny, Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Dennis Day, Don Wilson, Rochester, Robert Montgomery, Raymond Scott, Eileen Wilson, Snooky Lanson, Dorothy Collins, and Clifton Fadiman.


Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz got in on the act by promoting “I Love Lucy” sponsor, Philip Morris.


Jackie Gleason wanted you to buy Manhattan Shirts.


The stars are out for this Telethon Timers clock-radio. This celebrity filled ad featured Dean Martin, Judy Garland, Nat King Cole, Stan Kenton, Four Freshmen, Les Paul & Mary Ford, Ray Anthony, Margaret Whiting, and Glen Gray.


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