A collection of automotive-themed billboards from the 1920s

(July 4, 2020) It's always fun to look back on days gone by and reminisce about how things used to be. Here you will find some interesting automotive-themed billboards from almost a century ago, all from the East Coast. The 1920s billboard pictures reside at Duke University in Durham, N.C., from the Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising and Marketing history collection.  

Six of the billboard pictures were recently published in The Old Motor.

The billboard in the top picture was taken on June 23, 1924 on Boston Road and Brunner Ave. in the East Bronx section of New York City. The picture is of a sign advertising the Boyce MotoMeter, a radiator-mounted temperature gauge.

Trenton, N.J., Brake Testing Station billboards photographed on June 28, 1923, on Lawrenceville Road.

Kelly Springfield Tire billboard above Sanford's Ice Cream Garden located in Asbury Park, N.J.

Mercer Motor Car billboard taken on May 8, 1922, at 1836 Lawrenceville Road in Trenton, N.J.

Oldsmobile Six and Wrigley's Spearmint Gum share a billboard on the Atlantic City, N.J., Boardwalk in September 1925