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    Mid-Century Ads: Advertising from the Mad Men Era (Courtesy of Taschen)

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    American Airlines, 1953 (Courtesy of Taschen)

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    Volkswagen, 1962 (Courtesy of Taschen)

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    Pontiac, 1958 (Courtesy of Taschen)

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    Chemstrand, 1959 (Courtesy of Taschen)

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    Coldene, 1960 (Courtesy of Taschen)

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    Volkswagen, 1969 (Courtesy of Taschen)

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    London Fog, 1965 (Courtesy of Taschen)

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    Olivetti, 1972 (Courtesy of Taschen)

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    Cambbell’s, 1965 (Courtesy of Taschen)

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    Springmaid, 1955 (Courtesy of Taschen)

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    Knoll Textiles, 1958 (Courtesy of Taschen)

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    Lawn-boy, 1954 (Courtesy of Taschen)

Mid-Century Ads: Advertising from the Mad Men Era

Posted by Rob Alderson,

I don’t have to tell you how brilliant Mad Men is do I? How its fusion of socio-cultural themes and personal crises creates a television series that largely exists in a class of its own? No, didn’t think so. Anyway this beautiful new two volume book celebrates the fruits of real life Don Drapers’ labours at a time when New York’s finest repackaged the American Dream for the optimistic post-war era. Editor Jim Heimann is a cultural anthropologist and graphic design historian, and thus a better curator of this kind of material it is hard to imagine, with lucid, nuanced analysis alongside the cracking visuals.

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Posted by Rob Alderson

Editor-in-Chief Rob oversees editorial across all three It’s Nice That platforms; online, print and events. He has a background in newspaper journalism and a particular interest in art, advertising and photography. He is the main host of the Studio Audience podcast.