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20th Century Alcohol & Tobacco Ads. 40th Ed. Steven Heller

20th Century Alcohol & Tobacco Ads. 40th Ed. By Steven Heller

20th Century Alcohol & Tobacco Ads. 40th Ed. by Steven Heller

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In this collection of 20th century alcohol and tobacco ads, we see how the marketing of these products spanned from the elegant to the offbeat. Each era`s ads are captured with images that were once icons, from the Marlboro Man to Spuds MacKenzie. Explore advertising in a time when even doctors recommended smoking.

20th Century Alcohol & Tobacco Ads. 40th Ed. Summary

20th Century Alcohol & Tobacco Ads. 40th Ed. by Steven Heller

Vices or virtues: drinking and smoking provided marketers with products to be forged into visual feasts. In this lush compendium of advertisements, we explore how depictions of these commodities spanned from the elegant to the offbeat, revealing how manufacturers prodded their customers throughout the 20th century to imbibe and inhale.

Each era`s alcohol and tobacco trends are exuberantly captured page after page, with brand images woven into American popular culture so effectively that almost anyone could identify such icons as the Marlboro Man or Spuds MacKenzie, figures so familiar they could appear in ads without the product itself. Other advertisers devised clever and subliminal approaches to selling their wares, as the wildly successful Absolut campaign confirmed. Even doctors contributed to a perverse version of propaganda, testifying that smoking could calm your nerves and soothe your throat, while hailing liquor as an elixir capable of bringing social success.

Whether you savor these visual delights, or enjoy inhaling and wallowing in forbidden pleasures, you will certainly be thrilled by this exploration of a decidedly vibrant-and sometimes controversial-chapter of advertising history.

About the series

TASCHEN is 40! Since we started our work as cultural archaeologists in 1980, TASCHEN has become synonymous with accessible publishing, helping bookworms around the world curate their own library of art, anthropology, and aphrodisia at an unbeatable price. Today we celebrate 40 years of incredible books by staying true to our company credo. The 40 series presents new editions of some of the stars of our program-now more compact, friendly in price, and still realized with the same commitment to impeccable production.

20th Century Alcohol & Tobacco Ads. 40th Ed. Reviews

These are the ads that wooed us, and our parents, and our parents` parents, over to the dark side of smokes and booze. * Esquire *

About Steven Heller

Steven Heller has produced over 200 books on visual communication and published countless articles in international design magazines. Currently he is cofounder and cochair of the MFA Design program at the School of Visual Arts, New York. Allison Silver is a writer and editor based in New York City. A former contributing editor to Culture & Travel magazine, she was editor of The Los Angeles Times Sunday Opinion section, an editor of The New York Times Week in Review, and a founding editor of The Washington Independent. Jim Heimann is the Executive Editor for TASCHEN America. A cultural anthropologist, historian, and an avid collector, he has authored numerous titles on architecture, pop culture, and the history of Los Angeles and Hollywood, including TASCHEN`s Surfing, Los Angeles. Portrait of a City, California Crazy, and the All-American Ads series.

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20th Century Alcohol & Tobacco Ads. 40th Ed. by Steven Heller
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