Nothing gets me all excited quite like old ads – that is why the Emergence of Advertising in America site at Duke University is providing me with hours of entertainment. And research. Totally applicable to my job. Totally.
My favorite category by far is the ephemera section where you can find gems like this Centennial Marble Shooter [“Something new for the boys!”], and this educational whiskey ad. I also like the R. C. Maxwell Company Outdoor Advertising Collection, and the Tobacco Cards.