Item description for All-American Ads 40s (Icons Series) by Jim Heimann...
THE BEST ADS FROM THE DECADE THAT FIRST SAW AMERICA EMERGE AS A SUPERPOWER. IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT THE COMPANY WHO MADE YOUR ULTRA-COMPACT MOBILE PHONE WAS ONCE ADVERTISING PORTABLE RADIOS WITH MOTOROLA: MORE RADIO PLEASURE FOR LESS MONEY, OR THAT ONCE UPON A TIME, ELECTROLUX DIDN'T HAVE ANY QUALMS ABOUT USING MANDY, THE PORTLY BLACK MAID, TO PROMOTE THEIR NEW SILENT REFRIGERATORS: "LOR-DY, IT SURE IS QUIET!" AMONG THESE SURPRISING AND CONTROVERSIAL 40s ADS, YOU'LL ALSO FIND SOME FAMILIAR PRODUCTS THAT, AMAZINGLY, HAVEN'T CHANGED AT ALL OVER THE YEARS, SUCH AS JUICY DOLE PINEAPPLES AND WHOLESOME CAMPBELL'S SOUP. YUMM.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.84" Width: 6.36" Height: 0.52" Weight: 0.88 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2003
ISBN 3822823996 ISBN13 9783822823996
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More About Jim Heimann
Jim Heimann is a cultural anthropologist, graphic design historian, and the executive editor for Taschen America. He is the author of numerous books on architecture, pop culture, and the history of the West Coast, Los Angeles, and Hollywood. His unrivaled private collection of ephemera has been featured in museum exhibitions around the world and dozens of books.
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Coffee table books worth collecting Mar 1, 2006
This is one of a series of amazing books published by Taschen. I have been purchasing them through this site (as some are difficult to locate through stores). The series so far covers the 1910s through to the 1980s, a volume per decade. Over 500 pages of quality reproductions of ads from consumer goods to movies of those decades. You could spend hours looking through these books - and still find something you missed last time around. Congratulations to the editor/s.
All this and World War 2! Jan 22, 2005
Baby boomers take note of this wonderful book! As one born in the late 1940's I can't recommend this book highly enough. Here are ads from the magazines when we were born. The ads are printed somewhat smaller for the full page ads and a lot smaller for quarter page ones. However the printing quality is good enough that you can read ads in their entirety even if you occasionally have to use a magnifying glass to read the smaller ones. (Yes, our eyes are beginning to show our age!)You people with good eyes won't have that problem. The ads will awaken a nostalgia for things you don't remember. The Zenith TV with the Giant CIRCLE screen! (It's probably 10 inches!) How about an ad for Rice Krispies with Snap, Crackle and Pop riding American fighter planes! The Greyhound Bus ad asking people to "Help a fighting man enjoy his precious leave or furlough" by giving up travel. It all 'ads' up to a wonderful trip back in time!
The book I was Waiting for in it class Feb 2, 2003
Off course I was born in the 40's so this adds is part of the world I lived, so I enjoyed it very very much. I used to collect old Reader's Digests specialy for the adds, it reflect the world of those days and most of it are true art works. The selection is very wise and complete, the section I liked the most is the car section and the pictures quality is terrific I d'ont undestand how they got so good picture quality if it suppossed they take it material from old magazines. I'm sure any body will enjoy it a lot. I'd rate it 6 stars or more if posible.
Capitalism at work...forties style. Jan 16, 2002
Another massive collection of colorful magazine advertisements from Taschen. This is the same format as the first book in this series,'All-American Ads 50s', hundresd and hundreds of whole page consumer magazine ads (there are a few pages with two or four) beautifull printed.
As this edition covers the war years, 111 pages carry ads by American companies explaining how they are doing their bit for victory. On page 618 there is a 1941 Greyhound bus ad that features a map of the US showing all the main military camps and the copy tells how Greyhound runs a bus past most of them. In the chapter on 'Industry' I found sixteen 1945 ads from a metal producing company called Bohn, they show futuristic designs for various forms of transport and a wonderful streamline combine harvester.
Most of the ads in the book use illustration rather than photography, so much easier to stretch reality.
This is an ideal gift book for anyone who lived through the forties and if you are just curious about middle-class life back then these thousand ads will give you plenty to think about. A book bargain at the price.