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Advertising is a form of marketing communication used to encourage, persuade an audience to take some action. Most commonly, the desired result is to drive consumer behavior with respect to a commercial offering, although political and ideological advertising is also common. ~Adapted from Wikipedia

The occupations within advertising deal with creation, execution, transmission, and evaluation of commercial messages in various media. Three most distinctive activities, or career segments, are:

  • Copywriting

  • Art Direction

  • Ideation


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The most common mistake among rookie copywriters is trying to be too clever at the expense of communicating the essential message

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1940s Print Advertising

Vintage Advertising Art


Vintage Ads 1950s


The media collections for the Free-Ed.Net Department of Advertising are mainly historical in nature. You will find the older print, radio, and early television ads to be highly entertaining as well as informative.

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