Vintage Newspaper Ads

These vintage newspaper ads from Lewis Reed’s Rockville Garage were found on NewspaperARCHIVE.com, the largest historical newspaper database online. Prior to the advent of television and radio advertising, print media was the most popular form of advertising and most car ads were black and white.

The very first advertisement below, distributed by the Oldsmobile Sales Company in the Sunday, June 29, 1919 edition of The Washington Post is the very first ad in which the Rockville Garage appeared. Dealers are listed in fine print at the bottom: note Rockville Garage, Rockville, Md, which is highlighted in yellow.

Initially, Reed Brothers sold Oldsmobile and Hudson, along with Dodge. (click on images to enlarge)

1919 Oldsmobile Sales Company Ad

Rockville Garage – The Washington Post – Sunday, June 29, 1919, Washington, District Of Columbia

Rockville Garage - Washington Post, The - Sunday, July 11, 1920, Washington, District Of Columbia

Rockville Garage – Washington Post, The – Sunday, July 11, 1920, Washington, District Of Columbia

Rockville Garage – The Washington Post, Sunday, July 04, 1920, Washington, District Of Columbia

Rockville Garage – The Washington Post, Sunday, July 04, 1920, Washington, District Of Columbia

Rockville Garage – The Washington Post Sunday, July 18, 1920, Washington, District Of Columbia

Rockville Garage – The Washington Post Sunday, July 18, 1920, Washington, District Of Columbia

Rockville Garage – The Washington Post Sunday, August 08, 1920, Washington, District Of Columbia

Rockville Garage – The Washington Post Sunday, August 08, 1920, Washington, District Of Columbia

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

About Reed Brothers

I am a co-owner of the former Reed Brothers Dodge in Rockville, Maryland. Lewis Reed, the founder of Reed Brothers Dodge was my grandfather. We were a family-owned and operated car dealership in Rockville for almost a century. I served in the United States Air Force for 30 years before retiring in the top enlisted grade of Chief Master Sergeant in July 2006. In 2016, I received the Arthur M. Wagman Award for Historic Preservation Communication from Peerless Rockville for documenting the history of Reed Brothers Dodge in both blog and book format. This distinguished honor recognizes outstanding achievement by writers, educators, and historians whose work has heightened public awareness of Rockville’s architectural and cultural heritage, growth and development.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: