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Finding Old Advertisements

A guide to finding old advertisements from magazines and newspapers.

Look here first: 

Our specialty librarian recommends starting with one of these resources:

Ad*Access
Over 7,00 advertising items and publications dating from 1850 to 1920, illustrating the rise of consumer culture and the birth of a professionalized advertising industry in the United States.

AdForum
AdForum is an internationally focused database provides access to over 35,000 advertisements in all media, including audio and video. AdForum also provides access to advertising agency information, news, and other information related to the advertising industry.

Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920
Over 2,800 advertising items and publications dating from 1850 to 1920, illustrating the rise of consumer culture and the birth of a professionalized advertising industry in the United States. Produced freely by Duke University.