October 23, 2000
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In the spirit of the American Memory Digital Library or Duke's Digital Scriptorium, the American Museum of the Moving Image has a new exhibit called The Living Room Candidate- a comprehensive collection of presidential campaign ads since the 1950's.
posted by kidsplateusa (6 comments total)
Damn, that is great! Bring back the jingles and cartoon ads (couldn't be any worse).

1952, Adlai Stevenson ad:

Sultry lounge singer full frame, piano in background, singing:

I'd rather have a man with a hole in his shoe
Than a hole in everything he says.
I'd rather have a man who knows what he'd do
When he gets to be the Prez.

I love the Gov
The Gov'nor of Illinois
He is the Gov who brings the Dove
Of Peace, and Joy.
When Illinois the GOP double-crossed
He is the one who old all the crooks "get lost"

Aldlai, love you madly!
And what you did for your own great state,
You're going to do for the rest of the forty-eight!
Didn't know much about him before he came
But now my heart's a ballot that bears his name.
'Cause listen to what he has to say
I know that on election day
We're going to choose the Gov that we love
He is the Gov nobody can shove
We'll make the Gov the President of the
the U -- the me and the you -- S A!
posted by sylloge at 9:32 PM on October 23, 2000

I wonder if they have the ad Johnson ran which basically claimed that if Goldwater was elected that he'd drop the bomb and start WWIII. Man, you think ads are ugly now...
posted by Steven Den Beste at 10:03 PM on October 23, 2000

The famous "girl with a daisy" ad is right here (this link will take you to the Windows Media Player 100K version — for Real and other speeds, you have to start at the first page, pick your format and find the 1964 page yourself, but it's pretty easy).

You're probably thinking of the ice cream cone ad though.
posted by sylloge at 11:32 PM on October 23, 2000

It's this kind of stuff (plus the other projects kidsplateusa mentioned) that got me into this business in the first place. I think the more material we get out there the better we do by our users.
posted by leo at 12:42 AM on October 24, 2000

Another Fine Leslie Productâ„¢
"and Ah hey-uped." </shake n bake >
posted by CrazyUncleJoe at 1:16 PM on October 24, 2000

A few other good informational sites I have come across are the "Tree of Life" site, a taxonomical resource; NASA's eventually-to-be amazing Digital Earth project; of course the Astronomy Picture of the Day, the Internet Public Library (much better than Project Gutenburg),
posted by kidsplateusa at 1:50 PM on October 24, 2000

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