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Finding Old Advertisements: Online Resources

A guide to finding old advertisements from magazines and newspapers.

Online Resources

Here are a few free online resources you can use to find old advertisements.

Ad*Access
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.

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.

Jay Paull Vintage Print Advertisements
Jay Paull's private collection of ads from the mid-1800's to the early 1900's. Search by keyword and category.

Not a Cough in a Carload: Images from the Tobacco Industry to Hide the Hazards of Smoking
An exhibition of images depicting tobacco ads from the late 1920s and the early 1950s. Produced freely by Stanford University.

TJS Labs Gallery of Graphic Design
Search images of advertisements by year, magazine, product, advertiser, illustrator, and more!

Questions?

If you have questions, please call (573) 882-4581 or visit the Reference Desk at Ellis Library.

Ad for Fry's Milk Chocolate

Ad for Fry's Milk Chocolate

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Created By

Maureen Willmann
Graduate Assistant
2011