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Vintage Advertising: An A to Z (Paperback)


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Taking readers on a journey through the colorful history of advertising, this book showcases one of the most important and extensive collections of printed ephemera in the world to uncover rarely-seen examples of ads, posters, and handbills. How did the advertisers of the past sell electric corsets, carbolic smoke balls, or the first televisions? Which celebrities endorsed which products? How did innovations in printing techniques and design play a part in the evolution of advertising? What can these items tell us about class, transport, war, and even the royal family?

Richly illustrated with over one hundred images from the Bodleian Library’s John Johnson Collection, Vintage Advertising: An A to Z takes a fresh look at historical advertising through a series of thematic and chronological juxtapositions, with topics arranged alphabetically from Art to Zeitgeist to provide striking, often unexpected, insights into changing culture, politics, and technology. Topics include new fashion trends such as patterned hosiery and the advertisement of new medical treatments, tonics, and devices. These advertisements shed new light on social issues such as the changing roles of women and the rising middle class. Highlighting how nineteenth- and early twentieth-century advertisements often capture the spirit of their age, each page is a rich repository of information, a new piece of the jigsaw puzzle of the past.

About the Author

Julie Anne Lambert is Librarian of the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera at the Bodleian Libraries.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781851245406
ISBN-10: 1851245405
Publisher: Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
Publication Date: July 3rd, 2020
Pages: 144
Language: English