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Contemporary Ad Campaigns
Ads of the World
This is a great source for recent ads from around the world. Sort by date, medium, industry, or country.
Sort ads by agency, industry, media, advertiser, and more.
This is a database of recent online ads, searchable by brand.
Use Agency Compile to find examples of creative work done by agency or by type. Research an agency's client list and creative work.
Browse recent TV ads.
To find provocative or award-winning international advertising, use Lurzer's Archive, also available in print in the Hamon Arts Library.
In addition to the resource below, you can find ads from the older magazines in the library. Think about what type of magazine would carry the ads you need and when it would have carried them. Look up titles in the Library Search to find those magazines.
AdAccess (from Duke University)
Digitized collection of hundreds of advertisements from the United States in the 20th century. There are some, particularly about personal hygiene and dental products, from before 1930 that would relate to the Progressive Era. You can search for keywords or try to browse through their categories.
Internet Archive - Classic TV Commercials
Hundreds of videos of commercials from the 20th century.
Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920
Over 3,300 advertising items and publications dating from 1850 to 1920, illustrating the rise of consumer culture and the birth of a professionalized advertising industry in the United States.
Vogue Archive This link opens in a new window
Vogue magazine (US edition), from the first issue in 1892-
LIFE Magazine Archive
An online archive of all LIFE magazines from 1936-1972.
Duke Digital Collections, Advertising
This collection presents over 3,300 items relating to the early history of advertising in the United States. The materials, drawn from the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript 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.
A digital collection of European advertising from the mid- 19th century to present.