Vintage Ads: 1929 Chrysler Imperial 80 – Snappy Graphics For The Times

When I first saw these at Alden Jewell’s Flickr page, I had a momentary doubt as to whether they were really from 1928. The graphics, especially the lettering for the title is so snappy; it reminds me more of something from the sixties. But Alden took the original scans from the magazines they ran in himself, so there’s no doubt about their provenance.

I’ll show you a couple of other ads from that same period as a contrast.

This is the other one in the series.

Here’s one for a REO, from 1928.

And a Cadillac from the same year. Nice renderings, but a lot more conservative stylistically.