What does vintage, aprons and men all have in common? Advertisements — vintage adverts where men are featured wearing (usually) women’s aprons. From cheeky to Norman Rockwell-like these ads are priceless.
Advertisements speak volumes about a society, which naturally means that vintage adverts provide historical insight into that era.
From 1998 to 1971, these nine ads serve as little time capsules — highlighting fashion trends and new technologies, as well as shifting gender roles. So what do these often cheeky ads featuring men in aprons tell you?
What’s the Take-Away?
Dishwashers in 1948 — I never knew!
Yes, I was shocked that the first ads for dishwashers began in the late 1940s. I am not really sure that I had a firm idea on when the dawn of automatic dish washing came about, but I was surprised it was in the ’40s.
Ah! But the things you can learn through scanning vintage ads! Aside from getting a crash course on the historical timeline on household appliances, vintage adverts are one of my favorite ways to decorate.
I have Coca-Cola and “Ma Bell” ads framed and adding a touch of vintage charm to my bathroom walls — not exactly men in aprons, but still quite fun!
Which “Men in Aprons” ad is your favorite? And, do you have vintage adverts decorating your home?