Vintage Advertising for the Distinguished Connoisseur

Welcome to ADSAUSAGE! We have curated a mass of vintage advertising spanning the past fifty years. In addition, the library includes a wealth of pop-culture collections including fashion, film, design, Los Angeles history and much more. Our continued aim is preservation. Please enjoy the valuable and 100% free resource.

So put the kettle on, grab a Custard Cream or two, and settle in...

As Captain Marko Ramius, Sean Connery asked Jack Ryan (played beautifully by Alec Baldwin), “A little revolution now and then is a healthy thing, don't you think?” That line from the classic 1990 John McTiernan blockbuster, The Hunt for Red October has barely anything to do with fashion. But it has quite a bit to do with the Soviet Union, and a submarine. So we've put together a handsome collection of lavishly illustrated fashion catalogs from the Cold War era... apparently snuck out of Red Square by Kim Philby. The hunt is on...

Feast your eyes on this gorgeous collection of artifacts from Flushing Meadow Park, where close to 40 million people passed through the gates. Take a trip on the Monorail and 'Ride into Tomorrow'. Welcome Aboard!

One would think these magazines were found stashed under a bed. One would be wrong. In fact, these were unearthed during a search of our vault in Chilliwack, BC. We dusted off 30 copies of Hugh Hefner's club magazine, offered to lucky keyholders for a small fee. Discerning gentleman could catch up on Playboy news, Club openings and take in the main course, Bunny of the Month. Not bad for 35 cents (in 1965).

We thought about devoting an entire section to Coventry, but you wouldn't have been interested. Also, we didn't have anything. Instead, our curators mined the California archives and pulled the most inspired ads - with a nod toward Los Angeles. This selection dates from 1951 to the mid-1980's.

We managed to snag a stupefying collection of studio portaits from a North Carolina photo studio, dated around the late 1970's (how we did that is unimportant). Depending on your personal view, the people are either frightening or fascinating - perhaps both. While not exactly diverse, there's a large helping of wide lapels, large eyewear, naff haircuts and really old women who look like a cross between librarians and The Crypt Keeper.

If you were moved by the heartfelt themes explored in 'Sleepless in Seattle' or spent a Saturday night ordering Chinese takeout and a copy of 'Mystic Pizza', then you probably won't find much to like here. And if you do... then fair enough. For One Week Only is an elegant collection of trade ads from a whole other genre; 1970's exploitation. Double-features, lurid titles, blazing action and shocking nudity, all presented with unique showmanship. It's destiny...

"The city lights are often blurred, By stories we've already heard, Booze and drugs now break my head, 'Cause all the shining stars are dead.".

And with those gaudy lyrics to a classic 70's track by Patsy Gallant, we bring you our collection of vintage Pana-Vue slides from four big cities (there was a connection somewhere). Take a boat along the East River, grab a slice at Piper's Alley, stay the night at the Beverly Hills Hotel (rates may have increased a bit) or ride the cable car.

Outstanding selection of 1960's and 70's architectural beauty. Expect a fair amount of lush carpet and warm, muted colors. Just don't break anything. We've expanded the collection with delectable material on Richard Neutra, William L. Pereira, Mies van der Rohe and Welton Beckett, to name a few.

We've unearthed some disturbing treasures that we acquired from peoples homes (they were on vacation).

More interesting than a bus timetable. We've dug up some vintage car brochures from dealerships around the U.S. and a few from Great Britain (where pedestrians use the zebra crossing and put Marmite on toast).

Call me a big girls' blouse, but I cry at weddings. I'm an emotional guy that reached for the tissues during the finale of 'Empty Nest' (you are missed, Richard Mulligan). On that note, I'm sure you'd like to step back in time and raise a glass to our bride and groom. But unless you have a Tardis, you're better off toasting them right here.

Walt Disney World - A Look Back

No waiting in line... from Liberty Hall to Adventureland, your friends at Pana-Vue had you covered. We've put together a solid collection of slides from one of the Happiest Places on Earth!

From L.A. to Tokyo

A brief, yet compelling look at some of L.A.'s most unique buildings and architecture from the early 1970's. We didn't stop there (despite what customes found). Throw in some late 1950's Tokyo, and we've outdone ourselves.

Los Angeles Times Home Magazine

Clocking in around 40 pages, West was the Sunday supplement with the Los Angeles Times. Everything from gardening tips, crosswords, wonderful So Cal advertising and breezy articles {Flower Children and How They Grow}.

Los Angeles Times West Magazine

Sunday morning readers of the Los Angeles Times could flip through a hefty 80 pages featuring a smorgasbord of features; interior design, needlework, and fashion {California Couture by Travilla}.

Vintage Las Vegas

Circa 1977, here's a top draw line-up of slides from 'a place where gambling is allowed'. Plesant mix of marquee signs, interiors, the Strip and a buffet. No filler. Just the business.

Wish You Were Here

In the days when people used a pen to communicate, and addresses required just two lines and a zip code to reach Aunt Edna.

Top Shelf Delights

Britain's top-shelf, working class rag with a drab display of suburban sexpots, celebrity gossip and ridiculously easy crosswords. We've omitted the last two for obvious reasons, but stay for the centerfolds; Doris from Dartmouth is quite fetching.

Pin Up Glamour

The seedier side of modeling... but compelling nonetheless.

Frederick's of Hollywood

There were two things I looked forward to receiving in the mail every month; Field & Stream (Secrets for Catching Bigger Trout) and the Frederick's of Hollywood catalog (Keep it Short 'n Sassy!). I kept the catalogs. Enjoy a sample from 1966 - 1978.

Cover Me, Babe

An engaging variety of notable magazine covers -- you'll find family favorites, along with a smattering of unusual titles thrown in for good measure. New additions include KRLA Beat and After Dark Magazine.


As we jet to the tropical islands, take a step back and let the warm trade winds cast its magical spell. Mai keia manawa a Mau loa Aku. The South Pacific never looked more enticing.


Here's a smart selection of swinging fashions, pleasing prints, daring hemlines and sexy silhouettes -- not to mention one or two dodgy outfits that wouldn't look out of place at a Boca Raton ladies brunch.

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