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The Other Great Men’s Magazine

Gentry magazine broke new ground with its amazing graphic design and the timeless men’s fashions it presented in every issue.

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It’s a Cigar!

Steven Heller takes a look at vintage cigar advertisements, and the story behind the stogies.

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Exploitation American Style

Pinups are not solely an American phenom, but they are typically American. They began in the 1890s as a window on the female form.

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Ethnographic Branding

Years ago I found these vintage labels for cosmetics targeted at African American men and women by Valmor Products of Chicago.

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Children Love Art

These sublime vintage advertisements for Müller Gum arabic adhesive reveal the child's fascinating facility with things artistic.

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A Chicago Tribune Geek-Out !

A crazy quilt of material concerning aspects of the Chicago Tribune that have injected themselves into J.J. Sedelmaier's personal and professional life.

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Bread & Circus: Ignorance & Brand Participation in TV Advertising

“Bread and Circus” referred to they way the Roman emperor would hand out cheap food and entertainment as a way to gain popularity with the common people. And yet today, it’s this same model that should replace the lingering plague of 30-second TV spots.

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The Eyes Have It

Steven Heller takes a look at glass slides used on camera as promos for CBS series from the golden age of the network, from the likes of Georg Olden and others.