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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Suburban 50's housewife- She needs a Ford

A suburban housewife from the 50's talks about being a prisoner in her own home with no car. She can't goto PTA meetings, see her friends OR shop... cute lit...
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Airships and Oranges: The Commercial Art of the Second Gold Rush

Airships and Oranges: The Commercial Art of the Second Gold Rush | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
Selling the early 20th century California dream through the art of the fruit crate label.
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AMOS 'N' ANDY SHOW - The Museum of Broadcast Communications

"Like many of its early television counterparts, the Amos 'n' Andy television program was a direct descendent of the radio show that originated on WMAQ in Chicago on 19 March 1928, and eventually became the longest-running radio program in broadcast history. Amos 'n' Andy was conceived by Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll, two white actors who portrayed the characters Amos Jones and Andy Brown by mimicking so-called Negro dialect.

The significance of Amos 'n Andy, with its almost thirty year history as a highly successful radio show, its brief, contentious years on network television, its banishment from prime-time and subsequent years in syndication, and its reappearance in video cassette format is difficult to summarize in a few paragraphs. The position of the Amos 'n Andy show in television history is still debated by media scholars in recent books on the cultural history of American television..."

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AMERICAN BANDSTAND - The Museum of Broadcast Communications

AMERICAN BANDSTAND - The Museum of Broadcast Communications | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it

"Like the soap opera, American Bandstand represents the transference of a successful radio format to burgeoning arena of American television. Unlike the soap opera however, the radio broadcast format of playing recorded music developed as popular entertainers from radio migrated to the newer medium of television. Initially located in the margins of broadcast schedules, the format of a live disk jockey spinning records targeted toward and embraced by teenagers soon evolved into the economic salvation of many radio stations...'

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Bill Haley and His Comets

Bill Haley and His Comets | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it

Bill Haley was born in Highland Park, Michigan on July 6, 1925 to William and Maude Haley. The couple's second child, Haley had a sister Margaret who was born two years earlier.

The Haleys had moved to Detroit from Firebrick, Kentucky, where William Sr. found work in a nearby service station as a mechanic while his wife gave piano lessons in their home for twenty-five cents an hour. Maude Haley, a woman of strong religious convictions, had come to America with her family from Ulverston in Lancastshire, England before the First World War. Later the family moved to Boothwyn, near the town of Chester, Pennsylvania.

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Springs Industries Part 2

Springs Industries Part 2 | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
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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'playboy story': hugh marston hefner portrait

'playboy story': hugh marston hefner portrait | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
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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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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RACISM, ETHNICITY AND TELEVISION - The Museum of Broadcast Communications

RACISM, ETHNICITY AND TELEVISION - The Museum of Broadcast Communications | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it

"Until the late 1980s whiteness was consistently naturalized in U.S. television--social whiteness, that is, not the "pinko-grayishness" that British novelist E.M. Forster correctly identified as the standard skin-hue of Europeans. This whiteness has not been culturally monochrome. Irish, Italians, Jews, Poles, British, French, Germans, Russians, whether as ethnic entities or national representatives, have dotted the landscape of TV drama, providing the safe spice of white life, entertaining trills and flourishes over the basso ostinato of social whiteness..."

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Vince Cullers Biography - Inspired by Civil Rights Movement, Founded First African-American Ad Agency

When Vince Cullers began knocking on the doors of advertising agencies in the late 1940s, he had a thick portfolio, experience as an artist, and training from the prestigious Art Institute of Chicago. He was young, eager, and talented. He was also black. "He made the rounds of the ad agencies in Chicago, and what he ran into was that they did not hire blacks," his wife Marian Cullers told Essence. By 1956 Cullers had had enough and launched his own firm

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Beat Generation: Kerouac, Ginsberg, Burroughs, Cassady & More!

Beat Generation: Kerouac, Ginsberg, Burroughs, Cassady & More! | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
The BEAT PAGE Explores The Heart Marrow of the Principle Beat Writers in Articals, Excerpts, and Expansive Photo History Chronicling The Beat Generation.
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50s The Teenagers

50s The Teenagers | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it

"A teenager growing up in the prior to the end of WW II was forced to take life fairly seriously. Males were expected to join the services or to go out get a job, help support his family or a new bride. Women were expected to meet a man, marry and have children. College was for a select few. Teens had limited freedom, not much economic power and little influence in decisions made by the older generation. They acted responsibly without demanding freedom as payment.

In the 50's expectations for teenagers changed. With a booming economy, parents could now help their children achieve more then they themselves had. More parents insisted they finish high school and paid for them to go to college.The parents generation had gone through both a depression and a world war that made them acutely aware of the most important things in their lives; the people they loved most and their happiness. Parents began to not want their children joining the arm forces and were more indulgent of their whims..."

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Marion Pommier's curator insight, February 17, 2016 4:25 AM

In the 50s, teens had not the same education as now. Boys were expected to join the service or to go out get a job rapidely; and girls had to meet a man to marry. Only a few of them could access to college.

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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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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

Cosmetics and Skin Hazel Bishop No Smear Lipstick | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
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

1952 Chevy ad The Fifties | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
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