Thursday, October 29, 2009

Ad*Access - A Source for Early 20th Century Ads

Sometimes it can be really difficult to get your hands on old print advertisements, but Duke University's Ad*Access catalog provides free access to over 7,000 U.S. and Canadian advertisements from between 1911 and 1955.

The ads cover five product categories:
  • Beauty and Hygiene
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Transportation
  • World War II Propaganda
What's also really helpful is that the catalog provides a timeline of major events and inventions, which helps to put the ads in context.

This resource is definitely worth a look if you are working on a historical advertising project.