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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)

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Mid-Century Ads: Advertising from the Mad Men Era

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.