170+ Nostalgic Vintage Advertisements and Posters Illustrations in the Public Domain

What is it about old advertisements that make us feel so nostalgic for products and places we may have never even seen ourselves? The gallery of vintage advertising you see below is a showcase of the best from the public domain. Graphics for advertising in the early 20th-century thrived despite the technical limitations of printing at the time. Working with simple colors allowed artists to really focus on composition, line and shape, while working with trends like art nouveau, art deco and modernism to create impact and interest. Vintage travel posters from Hawaii, Egypt, New Orleans, New York, Japan and many more places which at the time would have been seen as new and exciting, far-flung travel destinations. Keep your eyes peeled too, for vintage zoo and museum posters, and the occasional food and drink advertisements too!

We’ll be adding more vintage advertising to the gallery as we find it, so make sure you’ve signed up for our mailing list to stay updated! All the images are of course free to download and use as you wish – thanks public domain!