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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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A Pictorial History of Santa Claus | The Public Domain Review

A Pictorial History of Santa Claus | The Public Domain Review | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it

Contrary to what many believe, Santa Claus as we know him today - sleigh riding, gift-giving, rotund and white bearded with his distinctive red suit trimmed with white fur – was not the creation of the Coca Cola Company. Although their Christmas advertising campaigns of the 1930s and 40s were key to popularising the image, Santa can be seen in his modern form decades before Coca Cola’s illustrator Haddon Sundblom got to work. Prior to settling on his famed red garb and jolly bearded countenance, throughout the latter half of the 19th century, Santa morphed through a variety of different looks. From the description given in Clement Moore’s A Visit from St Nicholas in 1822, through the vision of artist Thomas Nast, and later Norman Rockwell, Mr Claus gradually shed his various guises and became the jolly red-suited Santa we know today."

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How much would the ‘12 Days of Christmas’ gifts cost? $107,300, according to the Christmas Price Index

How much would the ‘12 Days of Christmas’ gifts cost? $107,300, according to the Christmas Price Index | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
If you really want to impress the love of your life this year, consider buying all the gifts from the classic '12 Days of Christmas' carol.
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The 12 Most Unintentionally Disturbing Christmas Ads

The 12 Most Unintentionally Disturbing Christmas Ads | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
These ads seem to want nothing to do with cheer and goodwill, but rather to unsettle you someplace deep in your soul, so that you will never be 'right' again.
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truly strange stuff

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