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November 19, 2008

Vintage Advertising

Whether it's the popularity of the tv series Mad Men or a genuine interest in all things vintage, Duke University has an image database that might give you your retro-advertising fix. The Duke University Online Collection includes a section for Advertising and Consumer Culture. The four parts of the advertising collection include:

Ad*Access is the John W. Hartmen Center for Sales, Advertising and Marketing History has an online collection of American and Canadian printed advertisements from 1911 to 1955. The five major focuses of the collection are Beauty & Hygiene, Radio, Television, Transportation, and World War II.

Emergence of Advertising in America covers the burgeoning stages of advertising in America from the mid nineteenth century to the early twentieth century. The images are drawn from Duke's Rare Book, Manuscript and Special Collections Library.

The Medicine and Madison Avenue collection is exactly what it sounds like: an image bank focuses on the very beginning of the relationship between pharmaceuticals and ad campaigns.

Another selection from the Rare Book, Manuscript & Special Collection Library is the Ration Coupon Collection is a small group of ration coupons issued during World War II.

All images are © of the Duke University, Rare Book, Manuscript & Special Collection Library. Please click on the image to find its citation in the Duke collection

Posted by hthrlowe at November 19, 2008 02:34 PM


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