Early Newspaper Ads

Below is a collection of Early Newspaper Ads dating from 1917 – 1965

Advertisements do more than just simply pitch a product, they capture a moment in history. A moment in history when Reed Brothers represented several franchise nameplates along with Dodge, including Oldsmobile, Hudson, and Essex. The Hudson and Oldsmobile were sold at Reed Brothers from roughly 1917 through 1923. In addition to automobiles, the Rockville Garage also sold Bates Steel Mules, “the most efficient tractor in America.”

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. In addition to franchise car dealers, there were also factory stores. In the early days, the factory stores did the national advertising. A factory store, also known as a branch store or branch dealer, was a dealership owned and run by the manufacturer. A list of area Dealers was placed in fine print at the bottom of the ads.

The Washington Herald, Monday, March 5,1917

The Washington Herald, Monday, March 5, 1917

Statement of Dodge Brothers war activities, 1918

Montgomery County Sentinel, December 20, 1918

1919 Used Cars for Sale

Montgomery County Sentinel, January 31, 1919

1919 Dodge Business Car

Montgomery County Sentinel, March 14, 1919

1919 Hudson Super Six Ad

Montgomery County Sentinel, May 09, 1919

1919 Oldsmobile Sales Company Ad

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

In addition to automobiles, the Rockville Garage also sold Bates Steel Mules, “the most efficient tractor in America.” The Bates Steel Mule Tractor, sold in 1919 by Rockville Garage, was designed at the dawn of the steel-wheeled tractor era to pull any horse-drawn implement the farmer owned.

1919 Bates Steel Mule Tractor

Montgomery County Sentinel. June 20, 1919

Rockville Garage Ad

Montgomery County Sentinel Sept 5, 1919

Dodge Brothers Ad

Montgomery County Sentinel, Dec 17, 1920

Dodge 12 Years of Dependability

Montgomery County Sentinel, Feb. 25, 1927

1938 Used Car Prices

Montgomery County Sentinel, February 10, 1938

Reed Brothers Dodge began selling Goodyear tires in the 1920s and is recognized in the ad below as Montgomery County’s Oldest Goodyear Tire Dealer.

Montgomery County's Oldest Goodyear Tire Dealer

Montgomery County Sentinel, July 03, 1941

Vintage Merry Christmas Ad, Montgomery County Sentinel, Dec 21, 1944

Montgomery County Sentinel, Dec. 21, 1944

Vintage Merry Christmas Ad, 1943

Montgomery County Sentinel, Dec. 23, 1943

The ad below advertising Reed Brothers as an official Hudson service headquarters was found in the September 1943 issue of the Montgomery County Sentinel.

AUTHORIZED HUDSON SERVICE Montgomery County sentinel. Sept 30, 1943

Metropolitan Area's Oldest Dodge Dealer

The Evening Star, March 11, 1955

In the late ’60′s, The Dodge Boys “White Hat Specials” were part of Dodge’s marketing and advertising campaigns. Below are clips from an ad that Reed Brothers ran in the Gaithersburg Gazette in August 1965 to promote their 50th anniversary. The title of the ad reads: The Dodge Boys and Reed Brothers celebrate a 50 Year Success, 1915 to 1965! If you need a New or Used Car, come in today and cut yourself a “Slice of Savings…”

The Dodge Boys

Gaithersburg Gazette, 1965

Gaithersburg Gazette, 1965

Gaithersburg Gazette, 1965

2 responses to “Early Newspaper Ads”

  1. My Wyoming Adventure says :

    Fascinating history. My two favorites were the very first ad.and the success drive in ’65 ad.

  2. Dan Stinson says :

    Your Granddad would see me in church and Mom had me dressed up with hat and coat . Mr Reed would say hello little man. My dad would purchase cars at Reeds and i have bought 7 vehicles and 1 company vehicle for the company i work for. A fellow employee i work with, his uncle was Marvin

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