A Cultural History of Advertising
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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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Bulova: world's first television advertisement - YouTube

The first television advertisement was broadcast in the United States at 2:29 p.m. on July 1, 1941. NBC affiliate WNBT aired this 10 second spot before a bas...
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Keep Your Mouth Shut WWII propaganda Norman McLaren- NFB.ca blog

Keep Your Mouth Shut WWII propaganda Norman McLaren- NFB.ca blog | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
Discover Keep Your Mouth Shut (1944), a surreal and macabre invitation to shush your mouth, courtesy of Norman McLaren.
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Cool for Sale, From Beatnik Bongos to Hipster Specs

Cool for Sale, From Beatnik Bongos to Hipster Specs | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it

Everyone hates hipsters. But the real reason they're so easy to vilify, and impossible to identify with, is that they never existed in the first place. 

The hipster, as we know it, is just an aesthetic disseminated by marketers, a visual style advertised as full-fledged ideology. And the model for this insidious campaign actually came from the first American subculture repackaged by the media: the Beat generation.

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Cellophane Ads c.1930s-1950s The best things in life come in cellophane-even babies

Cellophane Ads c.1930s-1950s The best things in life come in cellophane-even babies | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
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Playing With Matches: Sexy, Silly 1930s Ads That Went Up in Smoke By Lisa Hix

Playing With Matches: Sexy, Silly 1930s Ads That Went Up in Smoke By Lisa Hix | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it

Smoking is growing more taboo in the United States now, but back in the 1930s, cigarettes were sexy. And where there was smoke, there were matches. At one point, nearly every business in the country, whether it was a national chain or a local Mom ‘n’ Pop, produced logoed matchbooks to help their customers fuel their nicotine habit—now known to be a deadly addiction.....

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Yesterday's Ads Predicted Today's Tech- 1940's whiskey ads

Yesterday's Ads Predicted Today's Tech- 1940's whiskey ads | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
How 1940s whiskey ads predicted the cell phone, the 3D movie, videoconferencing, and sports bars . . . and a bunch of stuff that hasn't happened yet.
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More Doctors Smoke Camels Than Any Other Cigarette 1949

1949 TV commercial from Camel cigarettes.

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Alexey Brodovitch - Modernist Design in the 30's comes to America

Alexey Brodovitch - Modernist Design in the 30's comes to America | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it

"Bodovitch was one of the pioneers to bring modernist ideas to America.*
Design of the early thirties was conservative and lacked of radical experiments. This could be explained by the economic situation after the Wall street crash in 1929. Many companies felt the need to show stability and used trusted methods in their advertisement design....

As expected his work didn't go unnoticed in America. The photographer Ralph Steiner who worked for Harper's Bazaar, recognized the potential of Brodovitch as a designer. He introduced him to Carmel Snow, editor-in-chief of the magazine whom immediately offered him a job....Brodovitch created a harmonious and meaningful whole using avant-garde photography, typography and illustration. After being hired he asked several old friends like Man Ray, Jean Cocteau, Raoul Dufy, Marc Chagall and A.M. Cassandre to work for the magazine. Cassandre created several of the Bazaar covers between 1937 and 1940.
Brodovitch was the first art director to integrate image and text. Most american magazines at that time used text and illustration seperately, dividing them by wide white margins...'

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Weight Gain Ads from 1940s-1970s: Back When Curvy was the Norm!

Weight Gain Ads from 1940s-1970s: Back When Curvy was the Norm! | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
Skinny was definitely NOT in back in the 1940s to 1970s. Don't believe us? Just check out these interesting and rather comical weight gain ads from those decades. One particular ad even stated that
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Just Imagine (1947) | Tommy Telephone spokescreature stop animation -making a telephone

Just Imagine (1947) | Tommy Telephone spokescreature stop animation -making a telephone | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
Film using stop animation shows the character Tommy Telephone (the AT&T advertising spokescreature at the time) making a telephone by assembli...
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The Middleton Family at the New York World's Fair (1939) / Historic Film / Video

The Middleton Family at the New York World's Fair (1939) Creative Commons license: Public Domain 1939, sound, 55 min, Technicolor, 35mm. 

"This drama illustrates the contribution of free enterprise, technology, and Westinghouse products to the American way of life. The Middleton Family at the New York World's Fair pits an anti-capitalist bohemian artist boyfriend against an all-American electrical engineer who believes in improving society by working through corporations. The Middletons experience Westinghouse's technological marvels at the Fair and win back their daughter from her leftist boyfriend. Memorable moments: the dishwashing contest between Mrs. Modern and Mrs. Drudge; Electro, the smoking robot; and the Westinghouse time capsule. Production Company: Audio Productions Inc. Creative Commons license: Public Domain"

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‘Women are teachable”, c.1940s

‘Women are teachable”, c.1940s | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it

"Booklet that was intended to assist male bosses in supervising their new female employees at RCA plants." - National Archives, Southeast Region..

 

so happy that now it can be confirmed, "I am teachable"

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Muriel Cigars Classic TV Commercial (circa 1940s)

Why don't you pick me up and smoke me sometime?  Cigar a la Mae West. A classic animated spin on an old vaudeville act. Note: Poor Sound Quality. 

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‘I dreamed I was ‘X’ in my Maidenform bra’, 1944-1966

‘I dreamed I was ‘X’ in my Maidenform bra’, 1944-1966 | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
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Chiquita Banana The Original Commercial 1940s

Produced by the United Fruit Company in the 40's, this commercial appeared only in movie theaters, and for over 50 years kept us humming its catchy tune. The...
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