One of the digital collections at the Duke University Libraries is called Ad*Access and consists of some 7,000 print advertisements from the United States and Canada. They were published roughly between 1911 and 1955 and fall into five categories: Beauty and Hygiene, Radio, Transportation, World War II Propaganda and Television. You can browse through the Television advertisements here. The earliest is from 1939 and the latest from 1957.
Here are a few of my favorites:
- Television! Bloomingdale’s is your Headquarters (1939)
- The First Network! ANOTHER MILESTONE IN THE PROGRESS OF TELEVISION (1944)
- Television Network five years old today (1945)
- The Quiz Kids say: “DuMont Television Is Cosmic Legerdemain” (1945)
- Television, P.S.!!! “Daddy Wants A G-E Television Set” (1947)
- Draw your family circle closer with Magnavox Televisio (1949)
- Tops in TELEVISION (1950)
- See Faye Emerson Big-as-Life… on a new 19-inch Stromberg-Carlson! (1950)
- The Columbia Broadcasting System (1950)
- Don’t miss the political conventions in July. See them clearly on Westinghouse Television (1952)
Each advertisement is available in thumbnail, medium and large versions, so you can see plenty of detail.