Digital Scriptorium, Duke University.
This well-developed, easily navigated site presents images and database information for more than 7,000 advertisements printed primarily in the United States from 1911 to 1955. Material is drawn from the J. Walter Thompson Company Competitive Advertisements Collection of the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising, and Marketing History at Duke University.
Phillip Morris Advertising Archive
Philip Morris Incorporated.
More than 55,000 color images of tobacco advertisements from litigated cases, dating back to 1909, are now available on this site, created as a stipulation of the Master Settlement Agreement between the tobacco industry and various states’ attorneys general.
Medicine and Madison Avenue
Ellen Gartrell, National Humanities Center, and Digital Scriptorium, Duke University .
This exhibit is designed to help users better understand the evolution and complexity of health-related marketing in the 20th century. The project contains two different kinds of historical sources: a selection of more than 600 health-related advertisements printed in newspapers and magazines from 1910 to 1960 and supplementary documents.
Currier and Ives, Printmakers to the American People
Museum of the City of New York, Bonnie Yochelson.
An exhibition of 78 images produced by the Currier and Ives lithograph company and its predecessor, New York-based firms that between 1834 and 1907 created millions of images used in newspapers, magazines, cartes-de-visite, and decorative lithographs.
Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850–1920
John W. Hartman Center and Duke University Digital Scriptorium.
A collaborative effort between the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History and Duke University’s Digital Scriptorium, this site contains images of over 9,000 advertising items and publications dating from 1850 to 1920.
Internet Moving Images Archive
Rick Prelinger, Prelinger Archives and Internet Archive.
This site offers films selected from the Prelinger Archives, a privately held collection of 20th-century American ephemeral films (films produced for specific purposes at specific times, not intended for long-term preservation). The site contains more than 2,800 high-quality digital video files documenting various aspects of 20th-century North American culture, society, leisure, history, industry, technology, and landscape.
Living Room Candidate: A History of Presidential Campaign Commercials, 1952–2000
American Museum of the Moving Image.
Offers 183 television commercials used since 1952 to sell presidential candidates to the American public and an annotated guide to 21 websites created for the 1996 and 2000 elections. Ads from each election are accessible by year as well as by common themes and strategies used over the years, such as ’Looking Presidential,’ ’Attack Ads,’ ’Family Man,’ and ’Real People.’
Emile Berliner and the Birth of the Recording Industry
American Memory, Library of Congress.
Presents 108 sound recordings produced in the mid- to late 1890s by pioneer recording manufacturer and inventor Emile Berliner (1851–1929) as well as more than 400 additional items from the inventor’s papers. Berliner, based in Washington, D.C., developed the microphone, the gramophone player, and the flat recording disc.
Dismuke’s Virtual Talking Machine
More than 225 music selections from a private collector’s 78 rpm recordings produced between 1900 and the 1930s. Music is organized according to type of recording: acoustical (pre-1925) and electrical. Includes music in a variety of styles ragtime, opera, jazz, classical, marching bands, and swing.
Adflip is an archive of more than 6,000 print advertisements published from 1940 to the present. The site is privately financed and was created by two individuals who felt that “print advertising captures the essence of society at any given time.”
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