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Vintage Indian Print Ads: An Index

Vintage Indian Print Ads from the 70s that I collected from an old edition of The Reader’s Digest.
Also made a little video of some of these Ads:

Curious about the AIR tune, get it here

Collage of Vintage Print Ads from the 70sList of Ads posted (click to go to the individual pages):
  1. Wah Taj! Wah Zeenat!
  2. Daily twin seated departure from Bombay
  3. Only BOAC for some people
  4. Sunsilky Important Cosmetic for Girls
  5. Power Up
  6. Amulspray made Bita chubbier
  7. Polish with Cherry and Blossom
  8. Fortune was only a Rupee Away
  9. Public and Private photo paper
  10. Fanning the Air Power
  11. Just Apple Juice
  12. Read
  13. Happiness: Price Rs.6 Only !
  14. Tonic for Toddlers
  15. You Said It for free
  16. Say TATA to War
  17. More on War Ad
  18. That Old Radio fondly called Transistor
  19. Heavy Haulers
  20. That '70s Man: Suits, Swooning Women and Bond Age
  21. Did you give your Frige a paint job?
  22. Hindustan, Toilet – Bathroom
  23. Silver Prince Tainless Blade
  24. MRF best dressed tyre of 1972
  25. Ad Cheeslings
  26. Machines, Industries and other Oddities
  27. Lalitaji in Surf Det ergent wars
  28. Man and Women, Nailing Distance: as close as It could get
  29. Kurti, Kameez and Sari from the 70s
  30. one more Sari ad  (Is that Persis Khambatta?)

This one is from 1988 Annual issue of great Target Magazine
 A different series on Vintage Indian print Ads from late 70s and 80s


  1. Keep up doing good job this is become a history now while seeing those add's we want to go in that time and want to spend time peacefully..

  2. Thanks to you. I just love the good old times. you have done a great work here.

  3. Janya,
    Thanks! And you have a nice blog on good old Doordarshan.

  4. Thanks a lot !

    I was searching this kinda stuff past 2 years.... it is like a treasure...

    waiting for more...keep it up...!!

  5. Huan,
    thanks! will try to post some more.

  6. thanks guys its really helping me in making movies

  7. nice collection.. indian advertising before i was even born.. do you, by any chance, have the link to that towel ad done by maneka gandhi.. i have often heard of it but never seen it..

  8. I too have read about her Bombay Dyeing ad, but no I haven't come across it yet.

  9. i think i had seen it in one of india today's special edition but can't remember when..

  10. Wonderful!

    Please post the NYCIL ad. i just luv that, and I miss it....

  11. Will be posting Nycil ad from 70s soon.

  12. Hi Vinayak-

    This is a wonderful site! I'm doing a project on vintage sari adverts and would love to use some of your material and perhaps get the date information so I can properly cite it. Would that be OK? Could you shoot me the information I need?


  13. Sailaja,
    all the Sari Ads that I have posted are categorized under Sari Ads [here]. Most of them do have details on them like date. If you want anymore information on any particular ad, do ask. Also, I will try to post some more Sari ads.

  14. Hi Vinayak!

    Thanks so much! I would love to see more sari ads as I'm doing a school project on this!


  15. I am trying to locate 1970-1980 print advertisements on CAREFREE sanitary napkins to locate a photograph and the name of the model. I think her name was Aarthi Sampath or something like that.. Can someone help?


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