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Battling with the Scale: A Look Back at Weight Loss Trends in the U.S.

As we enter this new year, many of us have made resolutions to spend more time with family, to volunteer, perhaps to stop smoking, and of course, to get fit and lose weight. The widespread desire to become healthier and shed those extra pounds is met with a plethora of weight loss products, programs, and […]

Featured Advertisement: Shop Early and Make it Something Electrical

In July 2013 we published a post that featured an advertisement from the New York Edison Company. In it were a series of stylized characters doing a number of activities illustrating the usefulness of electricity. It turns out this was just one of many advertisements over several years that used similar illustrations. The image in […]

Featured Advertisement: a 1914 Thanksgiving Shoppers Guide

Every Thanksgiving people stock up on the food and ingredients they will need for their feasts.  Because retailers want shoppers, and their goal is to let people know what they have and what deals are to be had, special fliers are run in newspapers and commercials are aired on television. This advertisement from the Rock […]

King of Winter Sports

For the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics Games I wrote about an exhibit I created of ‘classic’ winter sport and game books (1800-1950) in the post  He Shoots, He Scores: A Love of Winter Games. In this post I mentioned that the Library has been involved in digitization of its pre-1923 U.S. monograph imprint collection. Over the […]

Featured Advertisement: Buy Useful Presents!

On Thanksgiving Day I received with my newspaper a hefty amount of fliers from various retailers all touting their Christmas bargains.  Advertising for Christmas shopping isn’t exactly a new concept, but what I find interesting is the evolution of the buying season and the tricks advertisers have used in their advertisements to influence shopper behavior. […]

Featured Advertisements: Cook with Gas

Anyone who knows me knows I don’t spend much time cooking.  That makes it a little funny that these advertisements caught my eye.  They both ran on the same page in the September 25, 1911 Washington Herald.  While it was the “Cook With Gas” advertisement that initially attracted my attention, it was the sister advertisement […]