Welcome to The Vintage Toy Advertiser (TVTA) 🙂


TVTA’s mission is to digitally showcase as much vintage advertising as it can get its ink-stained fingers on: from toys, to film, to music, to comics, video games, fashion, food, drink, household goods, and much more.

TVTA began life in 2010 as a French blog documenting French toy adverts. In 2011 the site moved to its current WordPress home and expanded to include international adverts, catalogues and posters that went beyond toys. Today the site is an ad-free, non-revenue platform aiming to serve as an excellent digital archive and resource.

Why do we do this? Nostalgia makes us do it, plus a need to chronicle what has come before us and has helped shape us, coupled to an addiction to the sparkling lure of pop-culture and the desire to step foot as guiltlessly as possible into the great hall belonging to the non-stop monster of capitalism. We do it for the love of bright colours, fun and play, and because we are collectors and archivists and still kids at heart.

TVTA is: Ford (Editor). Wooof (Office Cat extraordinaire). Jaltesorensen (special agent in Denmark). Zerocal (special agent in Brazil).

Contact and Enquiries thevintagetoyadvertiser@zoho.com

Thank you for stopping by 🙂

Discoclaimer: All images within this site are scanned or photographed from the personal collection of The Vintage Toy Advertiser (TVTA) unless otherwise stated. Site content ©TVTA. Advertising images and logos belong to the appropriate enterprises. TVTA is an ad-free, non-revenue site that aims to serve as an excellent digital archive and resource for vintage advertising materials. TVTA does its best to provide accurate information and whenever possible uses information direct from the official site of the featured enterprise. All splellning mistkes courtsey of Wooof. No Ewoks were harmed in this production. Always let the Wookie win. Peace and love. 

20 thoughts on “ABOUT

  1. Hello ! congratulations for this great site with so many cool documents ! I’m myself writter of two books dedicated to vintage toys advertisements. The Star Wars French Connection and The History of French Toys Advertisements. Go check on Amazon if you like. See and visit you very soon !


    • Salut Geoffrey, merci pour les mots gentil. I’m familiar with some of your excellent Playmo custom work. Your large dioramas are outstanding! I really like your Apocalypse Now, Star Wars and Aliens creations – funny how even when a Playmo figurine has a chest-bursting Alien experience he still keeps his smile 🙂 I will hope to check out at least one of your books soon – and will also make a blog link to your site here on TVTA. Best, Ford.


    • Thanks! I just made a link to your site – you have some really cool 80s stuff. I like the MOTU sticker book you just added. Also loved the Count Chockula cereals, Donkey Kong Jnr books, the Polonez RC car and that Compurobot just rocks!


  2. Really fun site! Enjoyed our trade for the Superhelten and Adventure Man scans! Looking forward to your upcoming themes!


  3. Hi The Vintage Toys Advertiser !
    Thank you for your work. I did not know your work until I search for a 1985 toy ad. I scan and share too 75 to 95 toys ads on Flickr (Nhtpirate) and I like seing that people think to other people with taking time to scanning ads and share them.
    Good continuation !

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    • Hi Nathalie ! Thank you for visiting and for your comment. I have just looked at your Nhtpirate site and what can I say… wow ! I am in paradise with all these 70s/80s French toy images 🙂 Can I put a link to your site on my site please ? Will visit often.
      Keep up the superb work and thanks for showing me your site !
      Ford, TVTA.


  4. Greetings TVTA! I have just discovered you have visited my blog and checked out my post dedicated to “thegreenonionblog.com” Thank you so much for calling in and leaving the like and follow. I have had a quick glance at your Star Wars section and was instantly reminded of my childhood days, I had the Sy Snootles/Max Rebo Band set too (and as I’m a keyboard player I thought Max Rebo was an awesome figurine) Thanks again and I’ll return to see a few more of your 1622 ads!

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    • Greetings For Tyeth! Love what you did with Green’s saber and your other designs too. That’s cool you’re a keyboard player. Max Rebo is a fave figure of mine along with the rest of the band. Wish Kenner had made a Cantina band too! I play drums, though not in a band atm. Look forward to reading your upcoming posts!

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      • Thank you very much, I was pleased how Green’s saber turned out (I was a little lucky with my “Force” vision guessing the type of knife he used!). I think the only drawback with a Cantina Band set would be they only know one song! I shall be returning as often as I can to see your posts too, and thanks again.

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  5. Are you Ford? I think you are.
    I’ve begun to block in my Art Gowns, Barbie, Shiaparelli post. The gown will be finished tomorrow, then the shoot.
    So, I will be talking a bit about TVTA blog, and linking to your blog in general, and the Barbie category, specifically.
    Should I only credit TVTA?
    Or, Ford at TVTA? Or? Let me know!

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