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America-Can Do.

When there were real jobs in this country, this is what this country made: real cans, as depicted in these vintage promos.

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The Swiss Were Good

Despite the prevalent use of sans serif typography, grids and asymmetrical layouts, Swiss design nonetheless offered a sublime complexity.

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Textiled

Marguerita Mergentime (1894–1941) made her mark in the 1930s with table linens in bold colors and innovative patterns.

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When Men Were Commodified

Men have never been as commodified as women, but men have nonetheless been a big consumer market, as these vintage men's fashions ads show.