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Subscription Sources for Archival Research
You can find classic ads in newspapers like the New York Times as well as in magazine issues from the past.
New York Times with Index (1851-2013) (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
Through the digitized pages of The New York Times with Index, readers witness the arrival of immigrants to America's shores and follow the establishment of neighborhoods and businesses. They experience the rise and fall of financial markets and mark the introduction of the mass-produced automobile, television, space travel, and medical innovations. They gain insight into the causes and effects of the Civil War in the 1800s, the "war to end all wars" in the 1900s, and the war on terrorism in this century.
A nonprofit resource that provides over 1.6 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research.
Browse through a variety of ads here. You do have to be a member to use the search tool and to access many of them.
Collection spans the years from the mid 19th Century to the present day. Image types include:-
-British & American Press Adverts
-British & American Magazine Covers and Artwork including story Illustrations
-Rare French & Spanish Magazine Art
-British TV Advertising Stills
-Mail Order Catalogues
-Posters, Postcards, Menus, Theatre Programmes & other Ephemera
-Wide selection of Vintage Magazines
Ads from Duke Universities Libraries Repository collection.
Classic TV Commercials
Classic TV commercials on YouTube.
Emergence of Advertising in America, 1850-1920
"Over 3,300 advertising items and publications dating from 1850 to 1920" from Duke Universities Libraries Digital Repository."
Vintage Ad Browser
Hundreds of historical ads covering over 50 industries, from Airlines & Craft to Xmas.