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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Kent State Shootings - Ohio - Neil Young (1970)

. Video about the Kent State Shootings in Kent, Ohio. University students were protesting against the American invasion of C...

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Meet the Don Drapers of University Avenue

Meet the Don Drapers of University Avenue | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
Mad Men returns next week with its smoky, boozy vision of Madison Avenue in the 1960s. University Avenue was Canada's version.

"British ads were slick and witty, entertaining the public in order to cover over the filthy business of asking them to buy things. American ads were brash and bold. And Canadians fell in the middle, says Mr. Kazmer, winding up with “pablum.”"

 

* Canadians agencies often were pressured to use US campaigns.

* Canada was slow to join the creative revolution taking place in US.

* Canadian women working in the ad business in the 60s had to put up with sexism

*one of the ways women got  ahead was working in media buying. Some made it in copywriting but often weren't allowed to go to meetings or let the client know they worked on the accounts of male dominated products.

* agencies in Canada were almost entirely white

* Quebec didn't look to the US, they created their own distinct style with their own celebrities

 

"By 1968, though, total ad expenditures in Canada had exceeded $1-billion, which “produced a number of leading agencies nearly as sophisticated and imaginative as their American counterparts,” Paul Rutherford wrote in his 1990 book When Television Was Young: Primetime Canada 1952-1967. Many credit Jerry Goodis, one of the few Jewish ad men to start his own agency at the time, with kicking off the creative push, with his campaigns for brands such as Hush Puppies and Speedy Muffler. ( At Speedy you're a somebody.")"

 

* in 1959, 12 of the top 15 agencies in Canada were Canadian-owned

* by 1971,  just 7 out of 15 were Canadian owned

 

Story by Susan Krashinsky, Globe and Mail Mar 16, 2012

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David Lynch's Freakish Advertisements: The Rats of New York City

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Around the time he was filming Twin Peaks, Lynch was dabbling in some seriously bugged-out ad campaigns.
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TV ACRES: Advertising Mascots > Frito Bandito (Frito-Lay Corn Chips)

TV ACRES: Frito Bandito - Frito-Lay - Television Commercials...
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AlkaSeltzer "I Can't Believe I Ate The Whole Thing" TV Spot

The 1972 CLIO Hall of Fame commercial "I can't believe I ate the whole thing" created for Alka-Seltzer by Howie Cohen and Bob Pasqualina.
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USATODAY.com - Queen of advertising Mary Wells tells all

USATODAY.com - Queen of advertising Mary Wells tells all | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it

Queen of advertising tells all By Bruce Horovitz, USA TODAY VANCOUVER 05/02/2002, British Columbia — Mary Wells Lawrence isn't done yet. By all rights, she should be. At 73, the most successful woman to ever walk — make that strut — down Madison...

""Of course, I'm a legend," Wells Lawrence responds without hesitation to a reporter's question. "But it's not because of any great gift I have. It's because I'm a risk taker."

"Wells Lawrence was the first woman to found, own and run a major ad agency."

""The best advertising should make you nervous about what you're not buying," she says. "There's too much smart-ass advertising today — and not enough that emotionally moves consumers to go out and buy something."

"She talked Braniff Airlines into letting artist Alexander Calder paint its planes every color short of pink and dressing its flight attendants in sexy outfits by designer Emilio Pucci.

She talked American Motors into running the first-ever car comparison ads that compared Javelins with Mustangs.

She talked Benson & Hedges into letting its then-unusual 100-millimeter-long cigarettes be made fun of by unintentionally setting beards on fire, popping balloons and getting crushed by closing elevators."

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Game-changing ads - "Think Small" - 1962 (1) - FORTUNE

Game-changing ads - "Think Small" - 1962 (1) - FORTUNE | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
With so many great advertising campaigns over the years, we asked Mark Tutsell, chairman of Leo Burnett Worldwide and of the CLIO Awards, and Mary Warlick, executive producer of the ad documentary...
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Leo Burnett: Sultan Of Sell

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He launched today's visual assault on the senses by proving that images, not words, were the nuclear power of advertising.

"Burnett's creativity was in stark contrast to that of some of his contemporaries, who built advertising companies around research and marketing expertise. Burnett forged his reputation around the idea that "share of market" could only be built on "share of mind," the capacity to stimulate consumers' basic desires and beliefs. To achieve this goal, Burnett moved beyond standard industry practice. Early ad schemes were based primarily on a foundation of carefully worded argument focused on the purported qualities of the product being sold. Images were mere decoration for the argument..."

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Psychedelic 60s: Timothy Leary

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"TIMOTHY LEARY WAS another early advocate of LSD experimentation. Leary taught psychology at Harvard and by 1960 was doing experiments with LSD and other hallucinogens, first on prison inmates and then on himself and his friends. LSD was not illegal at the time. In 1960, Allen Ginsberg, supervised by Leary, ingested psilocybin mushrooms, (under the influence of the drug, he phoned Jack Kerouac, identifying himself as God to the telephone operator), and began to spread the word about the new powerful psychedelic drugs. When Harvard dismissed Leary in 1963, he set up the Castalia Institute in Millbrook, New York, to continue his studies. Leary's approach to taking LSD was the opposite of Ken Kesey's Leary believed in "set and setting," a practice of taking the drug in a controlled environment, as a safeguard against bad trips. He coined the phrase "Turn On, Tune In, and Drop Out," and formed the "League of Spiritual Discovery," an LSD advocacy group. In the mid sixties, he began attending numerous musical events and public forums that promoted the use of LSD. Leary spent a number of years in prison for various charges related to drug possession..."

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American Experience | Kinsey | PBS

American Experience | Kinsey | PBS | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
Kinsey: In the mid-twentieth century, a little-known Midwestern biologist made a national splash with his explosive, best-selling ⊃3;Kinsey Reports⊃2; on male and female sexuality.
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Eyewitness Account of Kent State Shootings — History.com Audio

Eyewitness Account of Kent State Shootings — History.com Audio | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
An eyewitness of the Kent State University shooting reports what he saw that day. It was May 2, 1970 when the National Guard was first called in to suppress the rioting of the Vietnam War and the U.
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Digital History- The Vietnam war

Digital History- The Vietnam war | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it

The prize-winning photographs are among the most searing and painful images of the Vietnam War era. These images helped define the meaning of the war. They also illustrate the immense power of photography to reveal war's brutality.

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I took a class over the Vietnam war. This makes it much easier to view information 

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Digital History Civil Rights

Digital History Civil Rights | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it

"Court cases, brought by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, culminating in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, in 1954, overturned the legal concept of separate but equal. The murder of Emmett Till in 1955, the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955 and 1956, and the Little Rock crisis of 1957, inaugurated a more activist phase in the history of the Civil Rights movement..."

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Gives everything you need to know about the Civil Rights Movement very cool

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The Who - my generation (Smothers Brothers comedy hour)

 my generation by the who, live on the groovy 60's smothers brothers show, ending with the classic explosions and so on...

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No room for Don Drapers in age of digital advertising

No room for Don Drapers in age of digital advertising | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
In post-recession America the role of traditional ad executives on Madison Avenue may soon be a thing of the past...

"This situation is in stark contrast to the hey-day of ad agency employment and industry growth, seen through the portrayal of the Sterling Cooper agency on Mad Men. Former ad executive Andrew Cracknell, who has written a book called The Real Mad Men, remembers the time fondly.

"The Mad Men era was the most exciting time ever in advertising as a business because its product, the ads, were the best they've ever been. It was a golden age, especially in New York City. There was huge economic expansion, the war-time economy had changed to a successful peace-time economy."

He said the boom was reflected in the architecture of Madison Avenue, where brownstone buildings were replaced by steel and glass offices by 1960-65.

"It was a time of growth – growth of the middle class, growth of consumerism and growth of competitive products – so there was an enormous demand for advertising. It was a golden era, in terms of profit and expenditure, not to mention martini lunches."

He said many people consider that period to be a time of media revolution through television, "but in reality what's happening now is the real media expansion, with the growth of the web, and advertising is struggling to figure out how to monetise the web".

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Collective Action And The Frito Bandito » Sociological Images

Collective Action And The Frito Bandito » Sociological Images | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it

A “cunning, clever-and sneaky” thief who loved the “cronchy” corn chips, he was targeted by the Mexican American Anti-Defamation Committee (MAADC).

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No matter what shape your stomach is in Alka Seltzer

Mary Wells- Alka Seltzer commercial...

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The Sell! Sell! Blog: Advertising Greatness #2: Avis

The Sell! Sell! Blog: Advertising Greatness #2: Avis | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it

"It's 1962 in America, and the car rental market is pretty simple, Hertz are the leaders in the market by a country mile. Avis was failing, it had only 11% market share and hadn't made a profit in 13 years.

Avis appointed maverick businessman Robert Townsend as CEO, tasking him with turning the company around. One of the first things Townsend did was to call Bill Bernbach at Doyle Dane Bernbach, his plea: "How do we get five dollar's worth of impact for every dollar we spend?"

In answer, Bernbach demanded that they got 90 days to learn about the business, that Avis run every ad without changing a thing, and that they didn't run any advertising until they'd got their actual service up to scratch.

Bernbach put art director Helmut Krone and writer Paula Green on the project, and the team set about finding out as much as they could about Avis and its people..."

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Digital History 1960s Counterculture- hippies

Digital History 1960s Counterculture- hippies | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it

"The New Left had a series of heroes, ranging from Marx, Lenin, Ho, and Mao to Fidel, Che, and other revolutionaries. It also had its own uniforms, rituals, and music. Faded-blue work shirts and jeans, wire-rimmed glasses, and work shoes were de rigueur even if the dirtiest work the wearer performed was taking notes in a college class. The proponents of the New Left emphasized their sympathy with the working class--an emotion that was seldom reciprocated--and listened to labor songs that once fired the hearts of unionists. The political protest folk music of Greenwich Village--of Phil Ochs, Bob Dylan, and their crowd--inspired the New Left..."

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America in Ferment -the 60s Gay and Lesbian Liberation

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"Early in the morning of June 27, 1969, New York City police staged a raid on the Stonewall Inn, a Greenwich Village bar whose patrons included transvestites, gay men, and lesbians. Raids on gay or cross-dresser bars were common at the time. State law threatened bars with the loss of their liquor licenses if they tolerated same-sex dancing or employed or served men who wore women's clothing. Instead of acquiescing in the raid, the bar's patrons fought back, battling the police with bricks, bottles, and shards of broken glass. Three days of civil disobedience followed."

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Stonewall Riot and its Aftermath

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"On Friday evening, June 27, 1969, the New York City tactical police force raided a popular Greenwich Village gay bar, the Stonewall Inn. Raids were not unusual in 1969; in fact, they were conducted regularly without much resistance. However, that night the street erupted into violent protest as the crowds in the bar fought back. The backlash and several nights of protest that followed have come to be known as the Stonewall Riots..."

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KODAK: Powerful Days in Black and White

KODAK: Powerful Days in Black and White | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it

Shocking photos brought civil-rights struggle to all America. Relieve it through the eyes of Photjournalist Charles Moore

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