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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War of the Worlds -A little history of Oct 30, 1938 The new power of mass media

War of the Worlds -A little history of Oct 30, 1938 The new power of mass media | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it

"It is perhaps a comment on the idiocy of human beings that one of the biggest hoaxes to panic the American public began with the following words:"The Columbia Broadcasting System and its affiliated stations present Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre on the Air in a radio play by Howard Koch suggested by the H.G. Wells novel 'The War of the Worlds.'"

On the face of it, this seems like a pretty straightforward concept. It's a radio play, based on a novel, featuring one of the most recognized voices in the history of radio.

AND IT WAS THE DAY BEFORE HALLOWEEN!"

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Laura Brown's comment, June 25, 2013 8:59 PM
You've got a liiiiittle typo in the title.
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The Lynd's 1929 Middletown Report- Muncie then and now

The Lynd's 1929 Middletown Report- Muncie then and now | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
Where manufacturing ruled, the middle class thrived and the sky was the limit, Muncie is ‘as desolate a city as there is right now’...

"Muncie was chosen as the Petri dish for this first-ever field study into Middle America. The researchers, Robert Lynd and Helen Merrell Lynd, bestowed upon the city a fitting pseudonym. Middletown, they called it. How perfect. Their study, the first volume of which was published in 1929, was championed by H.L. Mencken as “one of the richest and most valuable documents ever concocted by sociologists.” “Concocted” is one of those double-edged words, but we’ll let that one lie..."

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Just Plain Bill Episode 3 of early Soap Opera Radio 1932 : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

Just Plain Bill Episode 3 of early Soap Opera Radio 1932 : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it

"Just Plain Bill"

Old Time Radio's 23-year long run of 15-30 minute situation comedy, "

Just Plain Bill," premiered at 6:45 p.m. Eastern Time, Sept. 19, 1932,on CBS Radio and stayed in this time-slot until June 16, 1933.

 

The show ran until Sept. 30, 1955

 

Soap Opera creator King & Queen team, Frank & Anne Hummert, were inspired to write a soap opera surrounding the life of a small-town barber.

 

Bill Davidson, a good-natured, soft-spoken, homespun country philosopher, sensitive to needs of friends & relatives, offered level-headed advice to help them straighten out their tangled lives. Bill's listeners identified with him, because he was just like them, as noted in program opening line.

Bill had a wise mind, huge heart and his arms were always open for arising problems within his circle of friends & family.

These dramas frequently revolved around his tiny family: daughter, Nancy Donovan; her lawyer-husband, Kerry Donovan; and Bill's grandson, Wiki Donovan.

 

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'Mad Men' Gets Publicity It Couldn't Buy At New York Library

'Mad Men' Gets Publicity It Couldn't Buy At New York Library | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
'Mad Men' Gets Publicity It Couldn't Buy - 02/14/2012...

 

"The displays – which will probably stay up through the end of the month -- don’t scream “Mad Men.” Each window has a Draper portrait in black and white and this being a library, one has several recent books about the show."

"Each of the Parrott-designed windows offers similar meticulousness. Vintage print ads are tacked on the walls, with several directly linked to the show’s plots."

"No “Mad Men’ display would be worth much without nods to the characters’ vices. So, there’s an ashtray with a finished cigarette. There are remnants of an affair – a pair of ladies’ shoes with a ruffled tie intertwined and cuff links to the side. And, multiple drained bottles of booze."

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How much is advertising in the famous series "Mad Men"? Parrot answers our question.

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ADText - An Interdisciplinary Curriculum for Advertising - AEF

ADText - An Interdisciplinary Curriculum for Advertising - AEF | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
ADText is an interdisciplinary curriculum for advertising in society, culture and history. ADText appears as a supplement to Advertising & Society Review published by the Advertising Educational Foundation.
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Happy Birthday Ad Council! Celebrating 70 Years of Public Service Advertising

Happy Birthday Ad Council! Celebrating 70 Years of Public Service Advertising | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it

Seventy years ago, Americans were trying to crawl out of the Depression, facing unemployment, poverty, war.

""Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires." "Friends Don't Let Friends Drive Drunk." "Loose Lips Sink Ships." "Take a Bite Out of Crime. "A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste." You've heard these slogans, right? Whether you're old enough to remember them or they're familiar because they've seeped through our popular culture (Rosie the Riveter paraphernalia is everywhere these days), they ring a bell. They're memorable and iconic. And they were created by the Ad Council..."

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40 things the hippies were right about | ThirdCoast Digest

40 things the hippies were right about | ThirdCoast Digest | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
“Forget antiwar protests, Woodstock, even long hair.
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Amanda Wall's curator insight, September 12, 2014 8:42 PM

This article is stating 40 things that hippies were right about a few of the points they have listed are prominent trends in society such as

"6. Knowing where your food comes from is important", everyone is promoting buying local produce now a days. "13. Fair Trade." Companies like Starbucks and North Bay's vary now Twiggs now promotes fair trade coffee. And "28. Religious, sexual and gender acceptance" Gay rights is a big thing in todays society. 

 

This article relates directly to Public Relations as someone has done the research to find out what is trending within society, which is clearly, a new era and generation of hippies. Also, if someone was listening and communicating with the hippie generation at that time (1960's) perhaps problems we are facing as a society today like the number 1 one the list "make love, not war" would be non-existent. 

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NPR : Burma Shave Signs, Present at the Creation

NPR : Burma Shave Signs, Present at the Creation | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
As part of its Present at the Creation series on the roots of American icons, NPR looks at the Burma-Shave signs.

"They started in the late 1920s as a small company's desperate attempt to make a name for its new product, Burma-Shave, a brushless shaving cream. Sets of six wooden signs were erected about 100 feet apart along the nation's two-lane highways.

Allan Odell, whose father's company, the Burma-Vita Corp. of Minneapolis, was on the verge of bankruptcy, came upon the idea when he spotted a set of four signs along the side of a road touting a gas station's oil and restrooms. He wondered whether the concept would work as an advertisement for Burma-Shave, according to historian Bill Vossler, author of Burma-Shave: The Rhymes, the Signs, the Times (North Star Press, St. Cloud, Minn.).

So, with $200 worth of scrap lumber, Allan and his younger brother Leonard posted the first Burma-Shave signs along highways in southern Minnesota..."

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Vintage plymouth print ad that ran once. A great USP. J Stirling Getchell

Vintage plymouth print ad that ran once. A great USP. J Stirling Getchell | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it

This Plymouth ad ran one time. It had a powerful USP .

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Pedicting The Internet in 1969

A pre-conceived version of the internet.

 

Video comes with stereotypes..men budgeting and women shopping and spending..but they got the internet bit right.

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Starsuckers | Watch Free Documentaries Online | DocumentaryZ.com

Starsuckers | Watch Free Documentaries Online | DocumentaryZ.com | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it

Watch starsuckers documentary

Buying into the celebrity dream

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Tales for Little Rebels: Radical Politics in Famous Children’s Books

Tales for Little Rebels: Radical Politics in Famous Children’s Books | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
What Dr. Seuss has to do with gender politics, or how Carl Sandburg carried out anti-war propaganda.
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Top 20 Trends in 2012 Forecast - TrendHunter.com's 2012 Trend Report

TrendHunter.com's 2012 Trend Report is now available at http://www.trendhunter.com/trendreports - This is our annual video, showcasing the hottest trends in ...
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Middletown

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A groundbreaking 1982 PBS series about Muncie, Indiana may have lost some novelty, but little of its power.
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The Chase and Sanborn Hour with Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy and guest Mae West (NBC Red 12-12-37)

The Chase and Sanborn Hour with Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy and guest Mae West (NBC Red 12-12-37) | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it

The most notorious radio broadcast of the thirties thanks to Mae West and Arch Oboler's "Adam & Eve" sketch. In addition to ferocious FCC action, over a thousand angry letters flooded NBC's mailrooms and there was even a planned boycott of Chase & Sanborn coffee. West was not only forbidden to appear on NBC for twelve years (appearing with Perry Como the next time), but also her name was off limits as well! Although CBS axed The Smothers Brothers in 1969 for being "naughty", NBC couldn't axe this Edgar Bergen & dummy-hosted show since it was the highest rated program in the country. Don Ameche co-stars in the innuendo-laden trip back the book of Genesis (and combining ol' time religion with sex was a big No-No in Depression Era America). Also featured are Nelson Eddy, Dorothy Lamour, Ted Osborne, The Stroud Twins, Robert Armbruster & Orchestra and announcer Wendell Niles. Check out the promotions for a new Walt Disney-RKO feature opening in Hollywood next week.

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The Baby from Krypton The first radio Episode of Superman

The Baby from Krypton The first radio Episode of Superman | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it

The Krypton Science Council laughs at Jor-El's claim that the planet is doomed. Jor-El, Krypton's greatest scientist, walks home in disgust and finds comfort in his loving wife Lara. The couple is interrupted by a massive Earthquake indicating that the planet is about to explode. Immediately before the planet explodes, Jor-El and Lara bundle thier infant son Kal-El into an experimental rocket ship and send him on a to the planet Earth.

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Emergence of Advertising in America, 1850-1920 - Duke Libraries

Emergence of Advertising in America, 1850-1920 - Duke Libraries | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it

Over 3,300 advertising items and publications dating from 1850 to 1920, illustrating the rise of consumer culture and the birth of a professionalized advertising industry in the United States

 

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Best advertising campaigns/slogans

Best advertising campaigns/slogans | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
Find out the best advertising campaigns, slogans, and avoided advertising campaign errors of all time in this infographic; plus Superbowl ad and internet ad revenue data.
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Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, February 13, 2012 11:05 PM
Tom, Thanks for the invitation and for scooping something I grabbed from two very talented curator (K3hamilton). I liked this scoop too, but thought it was missing some favs such as Apple's 1984 (guess they didn't think it was a campaign since only shown once), Where's The Beef and my personal favorite the P&G Ivory soap so pure it floats (since I worked there and know the truth the soap floated after a manufacturing mess up, LOL, now that is marketing). Marty
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The History of Thomas Edison - a Short Story

Read more about Thomas Edison http://amzn.to/yVJy6k Made for the 165th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Ediso...

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Hard Times Hard Sell- Be Afraid in the 30s

The Stock market crashes; there's a run on banks, unemployment; people are broke and not buying. It's advertising to the rescue..be afraid, be very afraid an...
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Ruthrauff & Ryan Symptom-Cure Formula Depression era success-Creating B.O.

Ruthrauff & Ryan Symptom-Cure Formula Depression era success-Creating B.O. | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it

Hard Sell- You've got a problem- We've got the solution!

 

In December 1925, R&R won Rinso, its first Lever Brothers business. A decade later, playing against the fear of social isolation, R&R positioned another Lever product, Lifebuoy, as a "health soap" that could stop body odor. When consumers were offended by the phrase "body odor," Cal McCarthy, an account exec, created the euphemism "B.O." for the offending idea.

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J. Stirling Getchell Inc. Depression Era Success| AdAge Encyclopedia of Advertising - Advertising Age

J. Stirling Getchell Inc. Depression Era Success| AdAge Encyclopedia of Advertising - Advertising Age | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it

J. Stirling Getchell is credited with changing the face of advertising in his time. His bold style, use of realistic photos and tabloid-type format were crucial ingredients in creating his attention-grabbing (some critics merely said "ugly") ads

 

...Among other jobs, the agency was asked to introduce the 1932 Plymouth, another Chrysler nameplate. Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Corp.'s Chevrolet did not take the Plymouth as serious competition until Mr. Getchell's landmark "Look at all three!" ad, which depicted Walter Chrysler leaning over the hood of a Plymouth and explaining why the Plymouth was superior.

Plymouth's share of the low-price car market rose from 16% in 1932 to 24% in 1933, its sales leapt 218% and the agency won the entire Plymouth account. It was one of the first major accounts to invite direct comparison with its competition. "The low-price three" became a euphemism for Ford-Chevrolet-Plymouth...

Mr. Getchell's ads were highly recognizable. He is credited with being the first to use photographs extensively in advertising. Loud headlines, attention-getting layouts and photographs were the hallmarks of Mr. Getchell's style."

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Edison reading Mary Had a Little Lamb (1927)

Edison reading Mary Had a Little Lamb (1927) | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
Recording made by Thomas A. Edison on August 12, 1927, at the Golden Jubilee of the Phonograph ceremony. In this recording Edison demonstrates how in 1877 he made the first record on his tinfoil phonograph.
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No Logo: Brands, Globalization And Resistance | Watch Free Documentaries Online | DocumentaryZ.com

No Logo: Brands, Globalization And Resistance | Watch Free Documentaries Online | DocumentaryZ.com | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
Watch no logo: brands, globalization and resistance documentary online for free! Full video available. Great new media documentary on DocumentaryZ.com!
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Surreal Vintage Ads & Our Obsession with Controlling Women’s Bodies

Surreal Vintage Ads & Our Obsession with Controlling Women’s Bodies | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
Yes, that's right. That ad says "gain weight." But wait, aren't we supposed to lose weight these days? Seeing these ads really does make you think about why women are so concerned with the current ...
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