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A peek at the past, present and future implications of our consumer culture
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Springs Industries Part 2

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A continuation of the history of Springs Industries from 1959- present.

These ads "A buck well spent
on a Springmaid sheet" and
"Be Protected" are typical of
the ones that Elliott generated
that caused a stir in the Ad
business in the 1950's.

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A brief history of the Pin-Up

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'playboy story': hugh marston hefner portrait

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history of the playboy rabbit head logo designed by art paul and hugh hefner's merchandise today designed by pippa brooks...
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WGBH American Experience | PBS . Tupperware!

WGBH American Experience | PBS . Tupperware! | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
This funny, probing program re-examines assumptions about American culture in the 1950s.
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You'll be safer in a 56 Ford The Fifties

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The House In The Middle (Nuclear Attack Protection) Civil Defence

The House in the Middle is a 1954 short (Edited from the original 12:09) documentary film produced by the Federal Civil Defense Administration and the Nation...
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CONELRAD: All Things Atomic | The Golden Age of Homeland Security

CONELRAD: All Things Atomic | The Golden Age of Homeland Security | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
CONELRAD is devoted to ATOMIC CULTURE past and present: all things atomic.
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"Fire!" (Herblock's History: Political Cartoons The Commies, Library of Congress Exhibition)

"Fire!" (Herblock's History: Political Cartoons The Commies, Library of Congress Exhibition) | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
"Fire!" (Herblock's History, Library of Congress).

"In the aftermath of World War II, Americans reacted with dismay as relations between the United States and the Soviet Union deteriorated, the Russians imposed communist control over much of Eastern Europe, and China was on the verge of going communist. People worried that communists might try to subvert schools, labor unions, and other institutions. Government agencies and private groups began to look for evidence of subversive activity. In this climate of fear and suspicion, the House Committee on Un-American Activities, which Herb Block had opposed since its inception in the 1930s, became active. And in 1950, a young senator from Wisconsin, Joseph McCarthy, seeking political gain, began a well-publicized campaign using smear tactics, bullying and innuendo to identify and purge communists and "fellow travelers" in government. Herb Block recognized the danger to civil liberties posed by such activities and warned of them in his work. He coined the phrase "McCarthyism" in his cartoon for March 29, 1950, naming the era just weeks after Senator McCarthy's spectacular pronouncement that he had in his hand a list of communists in the State Department. His accusations became headline news, vaulting him into the national political spotlight. For four years McCarthy attacked communism, while in his cartoons Herb Block relentlessly attacked his heavy-handed tactics. In June 1954, McCarthy was censured and in December condemned by the Senate."

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Cold War Toronto The mystery of the air raid sirens

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"It's a neat thing to look at," says Claire Bryden, referring to the air raid siren near the corner of Dundas St. W. and Shaw St., a remnant of Toronto's age of atomic anxiety. The sturdy, horn-shaped siren rests on a rusting column on the...
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GM Motorama-- 1954

GM tapped into the Post War worlds pent up demand for automobiles with lavish displays of its new cars and styling exercises its head of design dubbed Dream Cars

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Top 10 Milestones by Harley Earl

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Planned obsolescence (business) - Definition | WordIQ.com

Planned obsolescence (business) - Definition | WordIQ.com | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
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First Credit card-Diners Club - Company history of Diners Club

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The Death of the Double Entendre

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It's spring of 1949, and a husband absentmindedly flips through The Saturday Evening Post. He stops at the headline, "We Love to Catch Them on a Springmaid Sheet." It's an ad for a fabric company, which is not something men in this particular era (or our own) care much about. But the woman being rescued is showing a bit of garter as she leaps to safety, her skirt flapping as she lands on a blanket stretched taut by four handsome firefighters.

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Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers - I`m not a juvenile delinquent.

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Radioactive dirt - 1950s Cosmetics Ad

You won't believe what they do to this model's face to sell cold cream! This Dorothy Gray Cosmetics commercial is advertising a new face cream that will remo...
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Cosmetics and Skin Hazel Bishop No Smear Lipstick

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Stories concerning the history, science and technologies associated with cosmetics and skin with a special emphasis on developments during the twentieth century.
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1952 Chevy ad The Fifties

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Retro 50s Fun Facts

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History of the Atomic Age | atomicarchive.com

History of the Atomic Age | atomicarchive.com | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
This section chronicles the discovery of nuclear fission, the first nuclear reactor, and the race for the atomic bomb with the Manhattan Project.
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McCarthyism

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McCarthy gave hundreds of "witchunt" speeches aimed at stirring fear of communism into American's hearts. The text below is from his most famous speech at Wheeling,

"W.V. Five years after a world war has been won, men’s hearts should anticipate a long peace, and men’s minds should be free from the heavy weight that comes with war. But this is not such a period – for this is not a period of peace. This is a time of the "cold war". This is a time when all the world is split into two vast, increasingly hostile armed camps – a time of a great armaments race....

 

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Failure Magazine : The History of the Edsel

Failure Magazine : The History of the Edsel | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it

"On September 4, 1957 the Edsel made its debut in showrooms across the country.
The launch came on the heels of an extensive, expensive and exceptionally
successful marketing campaign that had everybody talking about this mysterious
new automobile. Months earlier ads began running that simply pictured the hood
ornament, underscored with "The Edsel is Coming."

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Harley Earl - GM Designer Extraordinaire

Harley Earl, the larger than life, first head of styling for a major automobile manufacturer gave the world the joy of excess in color, chrome and steel. Rec...
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Promises, promises- built to break

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Unless consumers start shopping with quality in mind, the `till death do us part' warranty may lose its meaning altogether,  Erin Kobayashi  writes...
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The history of credit cards

The history of credit cards | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
A history of credit cards, including the first general use credit card and the first charge card.
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