Beautiful Vintage Commercial Photos By Tom Kelley
A family of four in their Mercury Monterey automobile on the driveway of their home, 1959.
Tom Kelley was an American photographer whose files full of classic portraits and early advertising shots of Hollywood’s biggest stars during the 1940s and 1950s, including Gary Cooper, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, James Cagney, Joan Crawford, Henry Fonda and Gene Kelly.
He was best known for his iconic nude photographs of Marilyn Monroe in 1949. Following his long career helping to publicize film personalities, Kelley later shifted to commercial and advertising photography field. Kelley was said to have the gift of establishing instant rapport with his subjects, drawing out the interesting sides of them and making them feel comfortable behind the camera.
Below are 30 commercial photographs taken by Kelley from the late 1950s to the early 1980s.
A family riding in a Ford Monterey automobile watches a helicopter fly above them in an open field in California, 1959.
A family having fun in their living room, 1950s or 1960s.
Two children pose in a neat, orderly bedroom, late 1950s or early 1960s.
A father and son enjoy some leisure time constructing model cars together, 1960.
A group of friends enjoy a day outdoors with their automobiles, a Lark Daytona, a Wagonaire, and a Skytopare, are parked in the foreground in Palm Canyon, Palm Springs, CA, 1962.
A family enjoys a day out on the lake and unpacks their gear in this advertisement for the 1962 Studebaker Lark Daytona Wagonaire, Santa Barbara, CA, 1962.
A couple leans against a stone wall while taking a break from their hunt, 1963. Their hunting dog sits between them.
A couple smile while tailgating in hunting clothes and gear with Ballantine beer, 1963.
A group of guys and gals and their surfboards gather round a Ford Mustang on the beach, 1964.
A group of friends sing along at a piano as they enjoy mugs of beer in a staged setting of wood-panelled den, October 1964.
A man shaving with an electric razor, 1965.
Two male surfers stand facing the ocean, holding their surfboards vertically beside them, while watching other surfers on the water, California, 1965.
Aerial view of three men lying shirtless on the beach, with hats covering their faces, California, ca. 1965.
Fishing on motorboat, 1960s.
A young woman in a yellow bikini top holds up a tall glass of beer as she leans back in a small sailboat, watched intently by a man in a captain’s cap and a t-shirt, 1960s.
Man in yellow jacket talking on phone in telephone booth, mid-1960s.
Three men of differing heights, all dressed in tuxedos and all drinking margaritas underneath a large painting of a margarita mounted against a blue velvet curtain, 1960s.
A group of young people cluster around their sand buggy to drink juice straight from a watermelon, 1966.
A woman and two children, a boy and a girl, smile ecstatically as they sit at a picnic table and eat from cans of Hunt’s brand snack peaches, November 1966.
A small boy, wearing a baseball mitt, smiles while hugging his pet dog, 1967.
A couple rests under the shade of a tree, while picnicking by a lake, 1968. Sandwiches and other foods are laid out on a red checked blanket, and a cooler is visible.
With his golf clubs propped against the wall of a glass phone booth, a model in a sweater and golf cap smiles as he listens on the telephone, June 1968.
A young woman in a pink and orange dress lies on the floor and watches an episode of ‘The Honeymooners’ on a console television set, late 1960s or early 1970s.
Businessman hails a cab at an airport taxi stand while a porter minds luggage in the background, early 1970s.
Woman stands at a department store perfume counter, early 1970s.
A group of friends in a bar gather around a table for conversation and drinks, 1978.
Medical workers and nurses in a computer room with early IBM computer, 1980.
A couple with a Honda CVCC and a moped in their driveway, 1980.
A couple smile at each other, they are sitting on a Harley-Davidson FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic motorcycle, 1980s. The car behind is a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible.
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