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A Cultural History of Advertising
A peek at the past, present and future implications of our consumer culture
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Wear Celluloid Collars and Cuffs (ca.1870) | The Public Domain Review

Wear Celluloid Collars and Cuffs (ca.1870) | The Public Domain Review | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it

A charming set of 19th Century American trade cards, advertising - via the medium of a frog and gnome-like character - collars and cuffs made of a waterproof linen (celluloid). After the Civil War there was a huge boom in advertising throughout the United States. The new widespread network of railroads which covered the land enabled the mass production of industrial and consumer goods on a scale never seen before and with this rise in goods came also a need to rise above the competition via eye-catching adverts. Advertising spread to a huge variety of media, including catalogues, broadsides, newspapers and sets of advertising cards like those featured here, miniature posters, about the size of a postcard, which were handed out as souvenirs at major expositions."

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Open Collections Program: Women Working, Lydia Estes Pinkham (1819–1883)

Open Collections Program: Women Working, Lydia Estes Pinkham (1819–1883) | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
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"Born in 1818 in Lynn, Massachusetts, Lydia Estes was one of the most successful American businesswomen of the 19th century. As a young woman, she worked as a midwife, nurse, and schoolteacher and also became involved in the Female Anti-Slavery Society, the temperance movement, and the pseudoscience phrenology, which made character deductions about a person based on bone irregularities in the skull. In 1843, she married Isaac Pinkham, a wealthy real estate mogul.

In 1873, Pinkham founded the Lydia E. Pinkham Medicine Company in order to market an herbal medicine, Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound, that she had developed to treat the medical problems of her female friends and family members..."

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1833 Benjamin Day- Penny-Papers - A Disruptive Innovation

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Patent Medicines

Patent medicines in the 1800s: Lydia Pinkham's Vegetable Compound, Dr William's Pink Pills for Pale People, Mrs Winslow's Soothing Syrup- alcohol, cocaine, heroin, morphine...

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