Advertising

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Bert And Harry On Tap

From 1955–1960, the Piels brewery employed the Young & Rubicam ad agency to create new commercials for their beer—and the agency devised Bert and Harry.

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Weekend Heller: A Logo For Deez Nuts?

There’s a movement afoot for a new candidate and a contest that the logo factory 99designs is running right now to create a logo for Deez Nuts, the presidential candidate/15-year-old Iowa farm boy giving nutsy old Donald Trump a run for his money. “Little is known about Deez Nuts,” says Aimee Grove for 99designs,...

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When Adverts Were Earnest

In the early 1920s American products were either nondescript or laden with ornament to camouflage a mass-market look. Although mass production was the foundation on which the modern American economy was built, many cultural critics felt that items coming off the assembly line lacked good taste. American industrialists, who could easily afford to aesthetically...

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Happiness is Times New Roman

There is a tradition among publishers to celebrate their typefaces through notices and other means. Crowell-Collier went the extra mile for Times New Roman.

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My Hero!

Heroic illustration is the art of gesture. Here are some examples, from General George to Calvin Klein.

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Smokin’ Ladies

On the way to achieving first-class citizenship, women became first-class tobacco consumers. Steven Heller examines vintage cigarette ads.

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Sock-it-to-me!

Stumbling across this advertisement for Onyx Hosiery was a kick. Seeing how randy the sock selection was in 1909 would be entirely stylish today.

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Chicago, Oh What a Poster Town

In the 1960s, John Massey coordinated a suite of posters celebrating Chicago. The designs, once lost to time, are back.