Web Site of the Week: AdViews: A Digital Archive of Vintage Television Commercials
The AdViews section of the Internet Archive site contains thousands of vintage television commercials dating from the 1950s to the 1980s. These items of commercial ephemera were created or collected by the ad agency Benton & Bowles or its successor, D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles (DMB&B). The commercials are currently found at the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History in Duke University’s David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Visitors will find work created for clients such as Post, Kraft, Old Spice, Pan Am, and many others. As with other Internet Archive collections, visitors can look on the Most Downloaded Items Last Week area. Here they will most likely find advertisements for Charlie’s Angels dolls, Borden’s Milk, and Sugar Rice Krinkles. Visitors shouldn’t miss the Subcollections area, which divides the commercials into their constituent companies, such as Beech Nut Foods, Folgers, and dozens of others. [KMG]
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