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!

1
Clark’s O.N.T. Spool Cotton

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

2
Sapolio Soap

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

3
Lincoln Chemical Works

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

4
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.

5
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.

6
Djer-Kiss by Kerkoff

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

7
Liebig’s Extract of Meat

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

8
La Fée Espérance

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

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