Friday, August 21, 2015

Virginia Magazine Features Advertising History

Virginia Magazine has posted a large sampling of twentieth-century advertisements from vintage issues of the magazine, each with a short commentary by University of Virginia history professor and BackStory [with the American History Guys] co-host Brian Balogh. As the website notes, "As much as these ads tell us about the products they advertise, they also reflect cultural anxieties about war, money and gender roles." The ads are divided by topic ("Men," "Women," "Technology," "Cigarettes," and "Curiosities") and by time period.
    The site also includes a link to BackStory's program on "Advertising in America."