A Cultural History of Advertising
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A peek at the past, present and future implications of our consumer culture
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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

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"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

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A history of credit cards, including the first general use credit card and the first charge card.
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In The Suburbs (1957)

This is a very retro short film made by Redbook in 1957 that talks about living in the suburbs and raising a family with the guidance of Redbook, a magazine ...
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A CITY IS BORN LEVITTOWN, PA 1953 BUILDING OF A HOUSE IN 40 seconds

Building a home in levittown with stop motion in a minute..

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Our Home Town: Levittown, Pa. : Unknown : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

Advertising film presenting landmarks, businesses and people of a well-known Philadelphia suburb, one of the planned communities built by William Levitt & Sons.
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Creating the Suburbs; Levittown Digital History

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Digital History enhances history teaching and research through primary sources, an online textbook, extensive reference resources, and interactive materials.
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Fears in the 50s Duck And Cover (1951) Bert The Turtle Civil Defense Film

Duck and Cover 1951 Civil Defense Film with Bert the Turtle...
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Vintage Posters from the Golden Age of Travel, 1910-1959

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Motoring in Germany, hunting in the USSR, beaching in Portugal, and other adventures.
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20 Retro Ads Full Of Ridiculously Funny Sexism

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There are all kinds of -isms in the world, and racism and sexism are probably the worst since they perpetuate stereotypes in the most terrible way.
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"Fire!" (Herblock's History: Political Cartoons The Commies, Library of Congress Exhibition)

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"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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First Credit card-Diners Club - Company history of Diners Club

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LEVITTOWN 1947 by William J. Levitt (of Levitt & Sons),

Levittown -Homes for those who want something better-promo

Mass production of houses, and standardization.

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1950s Moving to the Suburbs-Little Boxes - Malvina Reynolds [Claymation]

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» A Glimpse into Marriage Advice from the 1950s - World of Psychology

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As divorce rates in the U.S. were rising by the end of World War II, so were fears over the state of marriage and family life.
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Inspiring and Sexiest Vintage Ads by Heanning Ludvigsen | WebDesignFM

Inspiring and Sexiest Vintage Ads by Heanning Ludvigsen | WebDesignFM | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
Henning Ludvigsen, a large, friendly and talented Norwegian, with a penchant for artistic creation and a love for all things fantasy.
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