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.
Age - Online website based on the print journal that surveys the
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
AdEater - This site'
offers access to the Jean-Marie
Boursicot's Film Library. It provides a huge database of more than 550 000
commercial from worldwide agencies. Browse our online database and watch
your favorite commercials in Real Video or Mpeg format... all for free !
Flip - The world's largest archives of classic print ads. The
database can be searched by year, brand and product
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.
- Great collection of TV ads in video format. You can search for
commercials under such categories as By Company, By Product, By Category,
and By Event. The web site also has a section featuring Celebrities and
popular TV characters in TV Ads.
Advertising Archives - Top 100 Ad Campaigns of the Century.
American Advertising Museum - The American Advertising Museum is an
invaluable resource for researchers, librarians, students and
historians. The resources section of their web site will soon
contain an online searchable database of our entire reference library.
Developed by students at Portland State University, the database will
provide a vast wealth of easily accessible historical research and
information. Stay tuned!
Automobile Ads - A nice collection of print ads about automobiles
from the 1920s through the 1970s.
- 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.
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.
Icons of the Sixties - TV Party's "Video Vault"
collection of classic TV commercials from the 1960s.
CreatAbiliTOYS! - 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.
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
Timeline, and Hartman Center
for Sales, Advertising and Marketing History.
American Automobile Ad - Videos filled with compilations of
automobile promotional ads and TV commercials seen on television over the
Infomercial Index - The
Internet's Most Complete Listing of Infomercials. A virtual Yellow Pages of infomercials past and present. Plus
Resource Section for Marketers, Distributors and Producers of Infomercials.
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
Good Housekeeping, and
Music from TV Commercials -
Archives goes back to 1996. Provides the name of the company,
artist/composer, name of Spot and links to Amazon.com which gives "Listen
to Music samples.
Museum of Beverage Containers & Advertising - Dedicated to the finest
collectibles to be found anywhere, throughout the coming months we’ll
continue to develop this site to provide an exchange for collectors
Museum of Broadcast Communications
- This Chicago based repository of television and radio history (with over 13,000 television programs, 4,000 radio
programs, and 4,500 newscasts) offers access to the
Nielsen JR. Online Research Center a database with over 11,000
television commercials. You can search the database online by product type and
brand. Contact the museum for guidelines on using the database.
New Product Showcase &
Learning Center Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, this
organization houses a collection of over 70,000 new and once-new products.
(food, beverage, household and personal care products) that have been
introduced in the last 30 years. Their experienced
team uses this unique resource to make new product development faster,
more efficient, and more productive.
The Sounds of Advertising - A short but sweet collection of old
radio ads from the 1930s and 1940s. They include jingles and slogans from
such sponsors as Halo Shampoo, Jell-O, Texaco, Phillip Morris and Woodbury
Soap, among others.
Super Bowl Ads - If you like
football and are willing to pay for the pleasure of watching Super Bowl
ads, past and present, then this site is for you. Initial access to the
database is free, but when you find an ad you want to watch, you'll have
to pay for the service.
Bureau of Advertising - The Television Bureau of Advertising is
the not-for-profit trade association of America's broadcast television
industry. TVB's offices are located at 3 East 54th Street, New York, NY
10022. Phone: (212) 486-1111. Fax: (212) 935-5631. E-mail: email@example.com
- British website with collection of TV theme songs and a section devoted
to sound bytes for TV Ads: Clips & Jingles.
Commercial Wav's - Nice collection of audio files for TV commercials from the past.
ADZ - Gallery of classic toys and model ads.
Jingles- Delightful batch of advertising jingles from the American
Food Century 1900-2000 website. It is arranged in categories like
Drink, Breakfast Foods, Snacks, Meat & Cheese and Miscellany. Check out Wave Themes.org
When you donate a mere $8.45 to TVparty, you get full access to the enormous archives - over 500 pages, more than
40 HOURS 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
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
Library, the world's most comprehensive Media Information Source for the largest
advertising library in the world (over 1 million TV, radio, print and
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. You can see over 100 specially selected
“Golden Oldies” right now. We offer both Windows Media Player Versions for
Broadband & 56K modem as well as QuickTime. If you are looking for any
commercial from the last 28 years, we can help.