In past ad galleries I've typically stuck with a particular theme or product, such as holiday-themed ads or new car lineups. I'm going to try something new and product an ad gallery from a single year, covering a wide range or products and services. Basically, a sort of visual shorthand to see what someone would've seen in print or TV ads in a particular year. Think of this as a virtual department store of sorts. For the first edition I thought I'd travel back exactly 50 years to 1967. Let's browse! Automobiles Consumer Electronics Entertainment Fashion Food and Beverage Health and Beauty Household Goods Travel
One of the many brilliant things about Mad Men is how the show deftly mixes fictional characters and storylines with real-life events. This includes the many clients of the Sterling Cooper/Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce advertising firm. While some of the firm's clients are fake, many are quite real (or at least were). Here are some vintage advertisements for actual Mad Men clients, from the approximate early '60s period they appeared on the show.
I wasn't even aware that Election Day made good marketing fodder, but apparently it does. Sure, it's no Christmas or Valentine's Day, but there's money to be made on American democracy, and here's the proof.
For more Thanksgiving ads, check out the Holiday Retrotisements section of the main site. In terms of marketability, Thanksgiving is important mostly because its end marks the official kickoff of the Christmas shopping season (aka Black Friday). That distinction is becoming more and more meaningless, however, as most stores now trot out their Christmas crap before Halloween. So in that sense, Thanksgiving is really more of a transitional holiday than an end in itself. That's reflected in advertising for the day, which has a bit of a haphazard feel. It stands to reason that since Thanksgiving involves gorging, Campbell's tries to get in on the action. So we have a pair of ads here. The first is straightforward enough, extolling the virtues of turkey noodle soup. And dig that mod