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All-American Ads of the 50s

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The 1950s in the United States was an era marked by McCarthyism and an economic landscape where capitalism thrived. This period saw white America experiencing a sense of pride and security, sentiments echoed in advertising campaigns.

However, this era was also characterized by the careless dissemination of misinformation, with advertisements promoting questionable products and ideas. Examples ranged from vacations in Las Vegas with atomic bomb detonations as entertainment to cigarettes being marketed as healthy mood-enhancers, endorsed by a baby claiming its mother feels better after smoking Marlboro.

This collection showcases a vivid array of ads selling everything from "The World's Finest Automatic Washer" to Cadillacs that "Give a Man a New Outlook." The ads provide a colorful snapshot of the consumer culture of the time, where almost anything could be promoted for the right price.


  • 1.6" H x 10.3" L x 8.1" W (4.78 lbs) 640 pages
  • Released 04/10/2018
  • Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9783836551328

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