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  • Ad Access - The Ad Access Project, funded by the Duke Endowment "Library 2000" Fund, presents images and database information for over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955. Ad Access concentrates on five main subject areas: Radio, Television, Transportation, Beauty and Hygiene, and World War II.

  • Ad Age - Online website based on the print journal that surveys the advertising industry.

  • Ad Busters - Promotes information unflattering to the advertising industry including spoofs, campaigns against ads, un-commercials and an online magazine.

  • Ad Critic - Website that provides access to current TV commercials and mechanisms to critique just how good they really are. Here is where you will find practically any ad you have seen on TV. Includes a viewable archives of the Top 100 Commercials.

  • AdEaters - This internationally acclaimed 'advertainment' show celebrate dover 350 of the finest, most amazing, artistic and creative TV & cinema advertising films from around the world! See also Splendad

  • Ad Flip - The world's largest archives of classic print ads. The database can be searched by year, brand and product type.

  • AdSlogans Unlimited - This commercials service creates ad slogans for interested businesses. It also features a database (Hall of Fame) of the top ad slogans from the past century  and a Directory of links to other advertising sites offering historical information. See also Josselyn Jingles
  • Advertising Education Foundation - The AEF provides educational content to enrich the understanding of advertising and to expand and elevate the advertising discourse on-campus, in our society. and in the industry.

  • Advertising Icon Museum  -  Online since May 20th, 1996, the site has more than 650 images of advertising dolls and artifacts (Jolly Green Giant, Tony the Tiger, California Raisins, etc). In addition, there are nearly 700 individual documents within the site. Visitors can either take a leisurely browse through the museum, visiting each wall of exhibits as if in the real Museum, or the option of quickly locating a toy using an online search engine is available. The Toy Index search engine helps you find any of the hundreds of advertising artifacts item in the database.

  • Clio Awards - This organization provides the international advertising and design industry with the world’s best-judged creative competition in the areas of TV, Print, Outdoor, Radio, Integrated Media, Innovative Media, Design, Internet, and Student work -- and in so doing, to honor advertising and design excellence worldwide (sometimes referred to as "the Academy Awards of Advertising).

  • Coca Cola Television Advertisements - The Motion Picture Archives of the Library of Congress presents Fifty years of Coca-Cola advertisements. The highlights consist of a variety of television advertisements, never-broadcast outtakes, and experimental footage reflecting the historical development of television advertising for a major commercial product. Featured advertisements include the 1971 "Hilltop" commercial with an international group of young people on an Italian hilltop singing "I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke"; the "Mean Joe Greene" commercial from 1979; the first "Polar Bear" commercial from 1993; the "Snowflake" commercial from 1999; and "First Experience," an international commercial filmed in Morocco in 1999.

  • Commercial Closet, The - The world's largest collection of gay advertising. All the TV commercials in the archive are classified by "Gayness" into one of four areas: Positive, Negative, Neutral and Gay Vague. One of the archive ads includes football superstar quarterback Joe Namath in the now infamous 1974 Hanes' Beautymist commercial where he wore panty hose.

  • Commercial Icons of the Sixties - TV Party's "Video Vault" collection of classic TV commercials from the 1960s.

  • DeeTs 70s Page - Nice collection of sound recordings from many classic 1970's TV ads.

  • Emergence of Advertising in America - This archive presents over 9,000 images, with database information, relating to the early history of advertising in the United States. The materials, drawn from the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University, provide a significant and informative perspective on the early evolution of this most ubiquitous feature of modern American business and culture. The database can be searched across all or within individual categories. Also check out Harp Week Present: 19th Century Advertising for a database containing over 40,000 advertisements that appeared in Harper's Weekly Magazine from 1857-1871. In addition see Advertising Age Timeline, and Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising and Marketing History.

  • Great American Automobile Ad - Videos filled with compilations of automobile promotional ads and TV commercials seen on television over the years.

  • Internet Archives - Video compilation of TV commercial from the 1950s and 1960s.

  • Library of Congress - American Memory Collection featuring images dealing with advertising and marketing history including: Fifty Years of Coca-Cola Television Advertising, a variety of 1920s Film advertisements and magazine advertisements from from 1926 issues of Country Gentlemen, Good Housekeeping,  and  Household Magazine.
  • Music from TV Commercials - Archives goes back to 1996. Provides the name of the company, artist/composer, name of Spot and links to which gives "Listen to Music samples. See also Sounds Familiar

  • Museum of Broadcast Communications - One of only two broadcast museums in America, the MBC opened to the public on June 13, 1987, after five years of development, led by Chicago broadcaster Bruce DuMont. It is located in the Chicago Cultural Center on Michigan Avenue at Washington Street since the summer of 1992. Their extensive public archives collection houses more than 70,000 radio and television programs and commercials. Called a "truly a world-class institution" by Leonard Maltin of Entertainment Tonight, the MBC offers state-of-the-art studios, spacious screening suites, special galleries and the museum's own gift shop. In 2004 the museum located to a new building at State and Kinzie in Chicago's River North.

  • Television Bureau of Advertising - The Television Bureau of Advertising is the not-for-profit trade association of America's broadcast television industry.

  • Telly Tunes - British website with collection of TV theme songs and a section devoted to sound bytes for TV Ads: Clips & Jingles. See also Wave

  • TV ADZ -  Gallery of classic toys and model ads.

  • TVParty - Enormous archives of streaming media files in Real Player format. Some of the pages are available on line for free including Famous Automobile Commercials, 1960s commercials, and an assortment of Most Outrageous Ads and Crazy Commercials and Outrageous Jingles.

  • UCLA Film & Television Archive - A unique resource for media study, the Archive constitutes one of the largest collections of media materials in the United States - second only to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. - and the largest of any university in the world. Its vaults hold more than 220,000 motion picture and television titles and 27 million feet of newsreel footage. The combined collections represent an all-encompassing documentation of the 20th century. Check out the Television Commercials page for a summary of their TV commercials collection and see the fee-based site VMS Advertising Library, the world's most comprehensive Media Information Source for the largest advertising library in the world (over 1 million TV, radio, print and internet ads).

  • USA TV ADS - This organization has been collecting and cataloguing American television commercials since 1975.  Their library boasts over one million commercials in every category imaginable.


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