vintage american advertising

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1950s Donald Duck Cola sign by Tom Simpson

American Airlines Flight Attendants, 1967.
Against a white backdrop, a pair of American Airlines air stewardesses help each other into their uniforms, September 1967. The photo was taken as part of a billboard ad campaign for the airline. Photo by Susan Wood

Vintage Movie Advertisements

We recently received a collection of great film advertisements that really blur the line between form and function. The three here are for films released in 1932. The movable features make perfect fodder for animated GIFs. It makes one wonder if these were put together by hand and how many were made.

“Strictly Dishonorable”

“Lady With a Past”

“Fireman Save My Child”

a trio of American Airlines air stewardesses help each other into their uniforms, September 1967. The photo was taken as part of a billboard ad campaign for the airline. Photo by Susan Wood

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On Typewriter Tuesday, a few of the postcards depicting a mainstay of the Underwood Typewriter Company’s marketing: The giant typewriter. These postcards date from 1915 to 1939. You can learn more about the images by clicking on them.

Also visible on two of the above postcards is Underwood’s slogan: “The machine you will eventually buy”. You have to appreciate the fatalism.

From the Donald & Carolyn Hoke Typewriter Advertising and Ephemera Collection in Memory of Dr. Stephen Salsbury and Dr. Reed Geiger, in Hagley’s Published Collections.

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Conair Impressions by Tom Simpson

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American Standard 1959 by barbiescanner

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This 1903 pamphlet for the patent medicine Ma-Le-Na is a recent (and terrific) addition to our Published Collections. In it, we learn about both the dangers of constipation and exotic birds, tied together with the most interesting segues. For example, did you know that “The kick of the ostrich kills, but the death is no more certain and far less painful than the lingering - living death caused by constipation”?  

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House Remodel by saltycotton

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<br />&quot;The American Home&quot; magazine

June 1956