I got this link to a 1898 yearbook (30MB PDF warning) for The West Side High School from my sister-in-law. It’s a fascinating glimpse of life over a century ago, but what I found more amazing were the ads, like the one to the left.
It’s well worth digging around and discovering the ornate borders, intricate typography, and detailed line drawings, as well as some interesting student illustrations. Not surprisingly, photography is very limited (mostly just faculty, staff, and the building itself).
But I digress. You really need to take a look at these ads! (And if you make it to the end, there’s a special surprise!)
Vintage Ads circa 1898
(Click on any image to view larger & bring up gallery controls.)
Roll Your Own Vintage Ad
But what could be better than these vintage ads? Twisting them into your own ready-to-go Internet memes! I’ve provided blanks for three of these ads. Take them, put in your own witty type and post links back here. Here’s one to get you started: