Copyright-Free Victorian Advertisements With Fairies and Angels

Explore antique ads that feature fairies and other whimsical creatures.

Three whimsical Victorian advertisements

When I started working at an antique store in college, I was also really into scrapbooking. So, my pages began to take on a very “antique” aesthetic. Before I could find CC0 images online, I collected Victorian papers, postcards, and books from antique shops, went to Barnes and Noble for books with graphics (and CDs!), and then rounded it all out with a trip to Joann Fabrics. All this is to say, I was cleaning out my basement and found some of these vintage scrapbooking supplies recently, so it’s time to share my favorites!

Clark’s O.N.T. Spool Cotton

A cherubic figure engaging with vibrant butterflies, promoting Clark’s O.N.T. Spool Cotton. Circa 1890.

Sapolio Soap

“The Modern Household Fairy” advertising Sapolio soap. Circa late 19th to early 20th century.

Lincoln Chemical Works

Fairies and flowers adorn this bath perfume advertisement from Lincoln Chemical Works. Circa early 20th century.

Six Picture Puzzles

An elf guiding butterflies in a whimsical advertisement for Six Picture Puzzles by Madmar Quality Co. Artwork by Ruth Eger. Circa early 20th century.

Knapp’s Throat Cure Lozenges

Cherubs harmonize on the moon in this ad for Knapp’s Throat Cure Lozenges. Circa late 19th to early 20th century.

Djer-Kiss by Kerkoff

Fairy festivities by a castle for Djer-Kiss perfume, illustrating Kerkoff’s French scent. Circa early 20th century.

Liebig’s Extract of Meat

Father Time presents Liebig Company’s Extract of Meat. Circa late 19th to early 20th century.

La Fée Espérance

La Fée Espérance from Les Bonnes Fées. Circa early 20th century.

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