Restaurant Ads

These are just a small portion of the ads that we have for sale. None of these are reproductions, all are original. Most of these are large ads, larger than our scanner bed. Therefore the view shown on the page may not completely show the ad. They are placed in a plastic bag with a cardboard backboard for protection. Please e-mail us with your specific interests.

These ads are listed alphabetically then chronologically with the earliest ads first.


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A & W
Full color 9 1/2" x 12 1/2" for their restaurants which they like to refer to as "Thirst-aid Stations". The ad contains a coupon good for two free Root Beers, information about the restaurants and a reminder that there are still "Valuable franchises available". This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
June 1, 1965
Look magazine
1
$7.50
View Restaurant 14

Burger Chef
Three color 5" x 13" ad for the Restaurant Chain that has over 500 locations Coast to Coast. There is a picture of a mischevious little boy posed with a burger in one hand and a soft drink in the other as the headline assures us that "It's fun...to go to Burger Chef!". The text talks about the casual attmosphere saying that "the only thing really dressed up are the delicious hamburgers and fish sandwiches" and that you can be sure that "the kids will get good, wholesome food that's easy on the budget". It also assures us that "It;s being served by friendly people in clean, modern surroundings".
May 3, 1966
Look magazine
1
$7.50
View Restaurant 19

Dairy Queen
Full color 10" x 13 1/2" ad that sings a song that "It's Sweet Sixteen for Dairy Queen". Shown in the ad is a Strawberry Sundae that says "Homogenized and Pasteurized" and "National Dairy Queen Development Co. Inc". The ad tells us that on June 16th these Strawberry Sundae's could be had for a special value of 16 cents. I am somewhat astounded by the things that are said about something as simple as this. "With big, plump strawberries set temptingly in smooth Dairy Queen, it's a treat you won't want to miss". They claim that it is "Soft-frozen only seconds before you eat it...Dairy Queen is served to you when flavor is at its fullest". They tell us to "Stop at the sign of the "cone with the curl on top" and you will be a part of the 300,000,000 servings yearly.
June 11, 1956
Life magazine
1
$8.00
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Restaurant 27

Dairy Queen
Full color 10" x 14" ad that shows a hot summer day where there are many cars parked in the lot of a Dairy Queen with each of the many people traveling through from the store to their cars holding a different bit of refreshment in their hands. The store is different than what we see today, a square building with white walls, a yellow-painted roofline and a sign saying nothing more that Dairy Queen with a large vanilla cone at the end. The people are all eating cones or indulging in something from a container of different sizes except for the man at the front of the picture who is smiling as he starts spooning from his concoction of bananas, vanilla ice cream, strawberries, whipped cream and several other assorted toppings. The headline on the ad claims that Delicious Dairy Queen makes every day a Happy Holiday while the ad alerts to the fact that This June 3'200 friendly Dairy Queen stores are celebrating their 20th Anniversary.
June 1960
Holiday
1
$7.50
View Restaurant 25

Dixie Cream
Three color 5 1/4" x 13" ad for getting a franchise from this Donut Company. The ad has a drawing of a young man holding up a box of their product and a headline asking you to "Be a Business Owner...make and sell Dixie Cream Donuts". This ad is taller than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
May 14, 1960
Saturday Evening Post
1
$7.50
View Restaurant 12

Howard Johnson
Full color 10" x 14" ad that says that it is a "Landmark for Hungry Americans". The ad has a long line of cartoon cars filled with people and scooting across the page, back and forth, ending at a Howard Johnson's Restaurant at the bottom of the page. All along they have pieces of conversation that people have learned from experience that they hear when the conversation is about Howard Johnson. Topics such as "Keep lookin' for that orange roof, Dad!" or "Can I have a hot butterscotch walnut sundae, Mom - can I" or "Some day I'm gonna eat all 28 flavors". We are told that "American's know a good thing when they see it. That's why all roads lead to Howard Johnson's - for food and fun!".
June 5, 1950
Life magazine
1
$8.00
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Restaurant 26

Howard Johnson's
Full color 9 1/2" x 13" ad for the Landmark for Hungry Americans. The ad has a drawing of an old jalopy that seems to be broken down within sight of a Howard Johnson's Restaurant. While one boy works on the engine another one is painting the names of the 28 ice cream flavors available and a third boy kneels and watches. There is one girl in the car and she sits powdering her nose while she waits and complains about another night that will revolve around what is available to eat at Howard Johnson's. This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
August 20, 1951
Life magazine
0
$8.00
View Restaurant 13

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Howard Johnson's
Full color 9 1/2" x 12 1/2" ad that tries to get you there by talking about the wonderful ice cream that is available in 28 flavors. The ad has a picture of two ice cream cones, one filled with real strawberries and the other filled with Howard Johnson's creamy-smooth strawberry ice cream that is made from Real Marshall Strawberries. The ad headline claims that if you eat here, you will get "Good-Old-Days Goodness". This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
June 12, 1964
Life magazine
0
$7.50
View Restaurant 15

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Howard Johnson's
Three color 9 1/2" x 13" ad for the people that work in their restaurants. The ad has a picture of an incident that a recently happened at the Howard Johnson's Restaurant on SOuthern Blvd just south of Albany, N.Y.. A lady and her two children had been involved in a rear-end collision on the Thruway and were sitting in this restaurant trying to gather their wits. A waitress, Loiuse Eriole, noticed their distress and the fact that the ankle of one of the daughters had begun to swell. Their car had been towed so the waitress called her Shift Supervisor at home who drove back to work and took the family to the hospital where the girl remained for three days. This ad has a picture of these two employees, the kind of people they want you to expect to find working there, and gives them this month's Spotlight Award. This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
July 24, 1964
Life magazine
1
$7.50
View Restaurant 17

Kentucky Fried Chicken
Black and white 9" x 13" ad has a photo of the white-haired, white-suited Colonel Harland Sanders standing with a bucket of chicken in his hands and his cane over his forearm. The ad headline asks you to "Meet the World's No. 1 Chicken Salesman" and the ad claims that they make over a million Kentucky Fried Chicken dinners every single day and that there more than 1,000 locations to pick yours up from. This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
October 21, 1966
Life magazine
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November 1, 1966
Look magazine
0
$7.50
View Restaurant 2

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McDonald's
Full color 9 1/2" x 13 1/2" ad that has a tie-in with Coca-Cola. The ad has a photo of two cups of Coke sitting on a red counter. The ad headline assures you that When you order Coca-Cola, you get Coca-Cola." This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
September 20, 1968
Life magazine
0
$7.50
View Restaurant 11

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McDonald's
Full color 9 1/2" x 13 1/2" ad for this fast food giant as they introduce Big Mac. Against a brown background there is a picture of a deceptively appealing sandwich under the headline "McDonald's introduces Big Mac. A meal disguised as a sandwich." This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
March 14, 1969
Life magazine
0
$7.50
View Restaurant 3

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McDonald's
Full color 10" x 13" ad shows a little boy smiling as he enjoys his hamburger. The ad headline claims that "Jimmy's mother knows McDonald's hamburgers are 100% beef".
May 30, 1969
Life magazine
1
$7.50
View Restaurant 1
McDonald's
Full color 9 1/2" x 13" ad for their new Big Mac sandwich. There is a close-up of a perfect sandwiche, it was made rrom fresh ingredients, it has had nothing tossed on top of it and it did not spend any time in a heated environment waiting to be sold. The ad headline says that "McDonald's introduces Big Mac. A meal disguised as a sandwich". The text mentions some of the healthy ingredients that went into the making of the sandwich that you see and also claims to be "Guarenteed by Parents' Magazine...or your money back". That's interesting, I guarantee that you will like what you buy here or someone else will give you your money back..
November 18, 1969
Look magazine
1
$7.50
View Restaurant 16

McDonald's
Full color 9 1/2" x 12" ad has a photo of a young man holding a platter toward the camera. This platter is filled with a Big Mac, a very large order of fries and a great big drink. The ad headline calls it "The Big Meal. It's a great deal for dinner". This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
November 12, 1971
Life magazine
0
$7.50
View Restaurant 7

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McDonald's
Full color 9 1/2" x 13" ad that advertises their tie-in with Coca-Cola. The ad has a photo of a Coca-Cola dispenser pouring liquid into a McDonald's cup. The ad headline promises that "At McDonald's we serve you the real thing". This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
December 1, 1972
Life magazine
3
$7.50
View Restaurant 10

Mr. Steak
Full color 9 1/2" x 13" ad has a photo of the interior of one of their restaurants. The scene has a waitress bringing food to a smiling family who are dressed up in anticipation of a good meal. The ad headline promises that "the first meal tells the difference". This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
November 10, 1967
Life magazine
1
$7.50
View Restaurant 8

Ponderosa
Full color 9 1/2" x 13" ad for their Steak Houses. The ad has four pictures of various groups of people smiling as they happily dine "where tender things are always happening". The pictures try to indicate that everyone likes to eac here; children, men, women and senior citizens and the headline asks you to "Have a lovely day".
October 8, 1971
Life magazine
2
$7.50
View Restaurant 23

Ponderosa
Full color 9 1/2" x 12" ad has a set of six photos of different people enjoying either working or eating at Ponderosa Steak House". The ad headline implies that if you eat here you will "Have a lovely day". This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
December 3, 1971
Life magazine
1
$7.50
View Restaurant 5

Ponderosa
Full color 9 1/2" x 13" ad that reminds you that this is a restaurant that serves Steak. There is a large picture of a steak cooking over a glowing grill and the headline calls this "Our bread and butter". The text mentions the different cuts of steak that they serve and talk about their complete dinner which is shown in a picture at the bottom of the page. The text mentions "an incredibly low price of $1.79".
August 18, 1972
Life magazine
1
$7.50
View Restaurant 22

Ponderosa
Full color 9 1/2" x 13" ad that claims that talking about the Baked Potato is just as important as talking about the Steak. There is a large picture of a steaming Baked Potato and the headline says "To say 'it comes with the steak' is an injustice". Beside talking about the Baked Potato it mentions some of the other side dishes that will make you Steak just that much better.
August 25, 1972
Life magazine
1
$7.50
View Restaurant 20

Ponderosa
Full color 9 1/2" x 12 1/2" ad for this restaurant chain. The ad has a large photo of a hamburger with a headline that explains that "It may be a hamburger to you, but it's shopped beef to us." This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
September 15, 1972
Life magazine
1
$7.50
View Restaurant 4

Shakey's Pizza Parlors
Full color 9" x 12" ad for this coast to coast chain of Pizza restaurants. The ad has a drawing of one of their restaurants with a line of people waiting outside. There is also a large drawing of a pizza with one slice missing and the headline "Happiness is a...place called Shakey's!" This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
November 5, 1966
Saturday Evening Post
0
$7.50
View Restaurant 6

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Spudnuts
Black and white 5 1/4" x 13 1/2" ad for this franchised donut chain. The ad has a drawing of Mr. Spudnut tipping his hat while he holds his cane in his other hand. The ad claims that "more and more people across the nation are accepting the cordial invitation to Meet Mr. Spudnut". The ad contains information on where to write to get information on getting your own franchise. Much more information on this chain is available at the SpudNut Info site . This ad is taller than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
October 24, 1949
Life magazine
0
$8.00
View Restaurant 9

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Stuckey's
Full color 5" x 12 1/2" ad for their place to stop when Traveling. We are told that "Any trip's a pleasure trip when you stop at Stuckey's" and "Dad" is unfolding a booklet with their many services on it and his wife and their two kids look on with glee. The text talks about their Pecan Shoppes, refreshments, souvenirs for the people at home, rest rooms and information on your route. The ad also mentions a Courtesy Card which would get you a two cent reduction per gallon of gas, a pretty big deal when gas was 30 cents per gallon.
August 15, 1961
Look magazine
1
$7.50
View Restaurant 24

Tastee-Freez
Full color 9 1/2" x 13 1/2" ad that tempts us with their ice cream and a contest with $10,000 in Cash Prizes. There is a large picture of a Strawberry Sundae which was the weekly special when this magazine ran. In the lower portion of the ad are specials for the upcoming weeks which include a Buterscotch Sundae, a Snowball Sundae and a Chocolate Nut Sundae. The contest, as it is explained, involved getting miniature figures of baseball players and coloring them. There were a total of 266 cash prizes which are laid out in the ad.
April 30, 1956
Life magazine
2
$7.50
View Restaurant 21

Tastee-Freez
Full color 10" x 13 1/2" ad for the restaurant chain that called itself "the sign of wholesome hospitality". The ad calls attention to the Week of Sundaes August 17 to 23" by showing seven different sundaes that were being offered. A Chocolate Sundae is in the center surrounded by Hot Fudge, Pineapple, Raspberry, Snowball, Peach and Strawberry. The bottom of the ad mentions a 3-piece Thermo Set for 79 cents while explaining how to own a Tastee-Freez store or take advantage of property that you own.
August 20, 1956
Life magazine
0
$7.50
View Restaurant 18

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