Envisioning the American Dream
is "a visual remix of the American Dream as pictured in Mid-Century media" that discusses topics such as Man and Machines
, Vintage Advice for Cheaters
, and Suburbia for Sale
, amongst many others.
A look at the post-war middle class, brought to you by the editors of Life
, and Fortune
The Footnotes of Mad Men
explores and discusses the historic events, themes, and cultural mores of the show.
In 1954, the producers of the radio show Sergeant Preston of the Yukon
needed a gimmick to make sure its radio audience would watch the TV version
of the show. Meanwhile, the show's sponsor, Quaker Oats, needed a follow-up to their ad campaign about how Quaker Puffed Wheat is shot out of guns
. So Chicago adman, Bruce Baker (later the creator of Captain Crunch
), dreamt up a wildly successful PR stunt for both Sgt. Preston of the Yukon and Quaker Oats by buying up one-inch plots of land in the Yukon
(with legal assistance from future British Columbia senator
George van Roggen) and giving away deeds to the land
for free in copies of Quaker Oats cereal. (For a picture of the deed, click here
) [more inside]
Although Industrial Musicals
and their jaunty odes to corporate pride and brand loyalty have seen the same fate as the values they espoused (mostly
), goofily earnest and undeniable catchy tunes like Exxon's Up Came Oil♫
, General Electric's Make a Woman Out of Your Wife♫
, and The Monroe Calculator Company's 1660 & 65♫
are still as potent as all get out!
[More songs and albums to help you get your gray flannel funk on inside]
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Fred and Ethel resurrected as corporate shills
"Through the magic of Hollywood, famously tightfisted Fred (William Frawley) and his irascible wife, Ethel (Vivian Vance), are brought back to life in a series of entertaining vignettes," California-based PacifiCare said in a release about its new television advertising campaign.
Using body doubles, voice impersonators and computer-generated imagery, the national TV ads that will premiere in mid October will enable the two long-dead actors to "speak" once more. And, oddly enough, they'll be talking about PacifiCare's new drug plan.