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All the sites below provide image examples of historical advertising. Some provide free images, some require registration, others charge a fee for use of images. Be sure to properly acknowledge the source of any image you use from these web sites.
This well-developed, easily navigated site presents images and information for more than 7,000 advertisements printed primarily in the United States from 1911 to 1955. Material is drawn from the J. Walter Thompson Company Competitive Advertisements Collection of the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising, and Marketing History at Duke University.
Adflip is a privately financed archive of more than 6,000 print advertisements published from 1940 to the present. Products advertised, including everything from dog food to DeSotos, are divided into 17 search categories, from automotive to travel, and eight themed categories such as comic books and obsolete products. The site may be searched by year, product type, and brand name.
The Advertising Archives was established in 1990 by Larry and Suzanne Viner. The 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
Freedom on the Move is a database of fugitives from North American slavery.
With the advent of newspapers in the American colonies, enslavers posted “runaway ads” to try to locate fugitives. Additionally, jailers posted ads describing people they had apprehended in search of the enslavers who claimed the fugitives as property.
The Vanderbilt Television News Archive is a complete archive of national television news broadcasts since August 5, 1968. Individuals request loans of items from the collection for reference, study, classroom instruction, and research. They offer DVDs that are duplications of entire broadcasts as well as compilations of individual news stories specified by the borrower. Borrowers pay fees for the items loaned to cover the costs of providing the service.