Friday, December 19, 2008

'Not a Cough in a Carload' Provides Truth, Entertainment, Vintage Media Analysis

Luuccccyyyy, you got some 'splainin' to doooooo! The old tobacco ad, seen here, features Lucille Ball, everyone's favorite character from "I Love Lucy" and various other films and shows. Ball wasn't the only celebrity to be fooled into plugging for big tobacco, and the advertising strategies used in the 20th century fooled plenty of regular Joes and Janes also.

Stanford School of Medicine researchers have put together a wonderful exhibit online ("Not a Cough in a Carload") that features virtually every tobacco ad imaginable, searchable by theme, complete with a listing of slogans and a comparison area with contemporary tobacco advertising. One could spend a while check all of these out, as did I. Kudos to the folks at Stanford for putting together this resource.

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