Query: Wit and humor in advertising
Smithsonian World/WETA "Selling the Dream" Collection
Creators:
Smithsonian World
Dates:
1990-1991
Size:
23 Cubic feet (16 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0418
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The collection documents "Selling the Dream" was an hour long television documentary that aired in early 1991 as part of the public television series, Smithsonian World.

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Francis M. Mair Papers
Creators:
Mair, LaVeda
Mair, Francis M., 1916-1991 (commercial artist)
Dates:
1935-1994
Size:
56 Cubic feet (104 Boxes, 40 map-folders)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0548
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Client files, administrative files, artwork, and collected food labels from graphic and industrial designer Francis Mair. Mair specialized in beverage labels and packaging during his many years with Landor Associates in San Francisco. Late in his career, he directed Landor's Museum of Packaging History. His prolific freelance career included designs for furniture, decorative arts, letterhead, and corporate images. His personal artwork included alphabets, typefaces, and sketchbooks. Much of his personal artwork is humorous or erotic.

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Fred/Alan MTV Network Advertising Collection
Creators:
Ha! Comedy Network.
Goodman, Alan
VH-1.
Nickelodeon.
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Dates:
1981-1992
Size:
4 Cubic feet (15 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0453
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Collection contains advertising and promotional materials primarily created by the Fred/Alan Advertising Agency, 1981-1992, for the MTV Network. Also advertising and promotional materials for Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, VH-1 and Ha! Comedy Networks.

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Archives Center Scrapbook Collection
Creators:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Dates:
circa 1880s-2002
Size:
13 Cubic feet (51 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0468
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Collection consists of miscellaneous late nineteenth/early twentieth century scrapbooks containing postcards, trade cards, greeting cards, decals, and other ephemera.

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Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Humor
Creators:
Warshaw, Isadore, 1900-1969
Dates:
1870-1911
Size:
0.9 Cubic feet (consisting of 2 boxes, plus digital images of some collection material. )
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0060.S01.01.Humor
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

A New York bookseller, Warshaw assembled this collection over nearly fifty years. The Warshaw Collection of Business Americana: Humor forms part of the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Subseries 1.1: Subject Categories. The Subject Categories subseries is divided into 470 subject categories based on those created by Mr. Warshaw. These subject categories include topical subjects, types or forms of material, people, organizations, historical events, and other categories. An overview to the entire Warshaw collection is available here: Warshaw Collection of Business Americana

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Sally L. Steinberg Collection of Doughnut Ephemera
Creators:
Steinberg, Sally L. (Sally Levitt)
Dates:
1920s-1987
Size:
3.5 Cubic feet (7 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0439
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

This collection consists of ephemeral materials gathered by Sally L. Steinberg while she was researching her 1987 publication, The Donut Book: The origins, history, literature, lore, taste, etiquette, traditions, techniques, varieties, mathematics, mythology, commerce, philosophy, cuisine, and glory of the donut.

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Walter H. Voigt Brewing Industry Collection
Creators:
Voigt, Walter H.
Dates:
1891-1979
Size:
3 Cubic feet (8 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1195
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The collection documents the history of the brewing beer industry in the mid-Atlantic region primarily between the 1890s and the 1960s. Materials includeing correspondence, class notes, beer labels, journal reprints, technical papers, trade literature, legal papers, magazine articles, cartoons, books, and literature from the Master Brewers Association of America.

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Alka-Seltzer Documentation and Oral History Project
Creators:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Dates:
1953-1987
Size:
7 Cubic feet (17 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0184
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The Alka-Seltzer Oral History and Documentation Project is a result of a one year effort supported, in part, by Miles Laboratories, Incorporated. Twenty-four oral history interviews and a variety of related materials were gathered to document Alka- Seltzer advertising, primarily from the mid-1950s to the 1980s. The project covers "Speedy" Alka-Seltzer, "Oh what a relief it is," "The Blahs," "Alka Seltzer on the rocks," and "I can't believe I ate the whole thing" campaigns

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Ivory Soap Advertising Collection
Creators:
Procter & Gamble Company
Leyendecker, J. C., 1874-1951
Smith, Jessie Willcox, 1863-1935
Elliott, Elizabeth Shippen Green
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Dates:
1883-1998
Size:
10 Cubic feet (30 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0791
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Print advertisements covering almost the entire history of Ivory Soap, including advertisements designed by artists including Jesse Wilcox Smith, Elizabeth Shippen Green, and J. C. Leyendecker.

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Archives Center Business Americana Collection
Creators:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Ravnitzky, Michael
Dates:
circa 1900-present
Size:
29 Cubic feet (55 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0404
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

This collection contains a variety of business ephemera similar to that found in the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana. The material in the Business Americana Collection is newly acquired ephemera received from many sources including curatorial units, the public, and Smithsonian Institution staff.

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