Vintage Music Instrument Advertisements

These shirts show historic ads taken from the pages of popular mail order catalogs such as Montgomery Ward and Sears Roebuck. Beginning at the turn of the 20th Century, if you did not live a short distance from a downtown store which might stock these musical instruments and supplies, you had to order through a mail order catalog and wait for your instrument to arrive by the US Postal Service. There was no television, computers, or internet back then, and these instruments were seen as a valued way to pass the time. We offer these vintage advertisments as a nod to nostaglia and with pride in our collective musical heritage. The items depicted in the advertisements are no longer available at the prices mentioned, if available at all. Additionally, there are tributes to the Bluegrass Mandolin, Les Paul Guitar, and Telecaster Guitar listed here.

Recording KIng Guitar and Banjo

Montgomery Ward Recording King Guitar & Banjo

Black Diamond Strings

Black Diamond Strings

Bacon & Day Silver Bell Banjo

Bacon & Day Silver Bell Banjo

Bluegrass Gibson F5 Mandolin

Bluegrass Gibson F5 Mandolin

Gibson Les Paul Guitar

Gibson Les Paul Guitar

Fender Telecaster Guitar

Fender Telecaster Guitar


About Us :

Our clothing apparel line is currently made of 100% cotton t-shirts, with woodcut images (developed by our own professional artist) of Blues, Bluegrass, Country, and Folk Music personalities (Bill Monroe, Maybelle Carter, and Tony Rice) silkscreened on them. We also specialize in screen printed Vintage Montgomery Ward and Sears Roebuck Catalog advertisements of musical instruments such as guitar (Recording King), guitar strings (Black Diamond Strings), and banjo (Bacon and Day Silver Bell Banjos). Our second production run consists of blues musician images (Blind Boy Fuller, Reverend Gary Davis, Son House, and Robert Johnson) as well as tributes to instruments such as the mandolin, Les Paul guitars, and Telecaster guitars.

WE ALSO DO CUSTOM APPAREL!! Skillet Licker Designs also has the ability to produce screen printed images on a variety of items for promotional use in fundraisers, businesses, and band merchandise. We have our own “in house” art department or we can take images directly from clients.

Please visit us often, comment and see what’s new at our store.

“There’s always something cookin’ in the skillet!”

Thank you for your patronage.

Skillet Licker Designs

info@skilletlickerdesigns.com

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