So, I was doing some gardening, that is weeding out linkrot, from the Collections of ads links in the adlinks spurred on by the sudden spike in emailed questions to me this past week asking "do you know any good ad collection sites?" Well, yeah, but the links I know of, like most other things in my ad-sticky brain are actually already online y'all, so if you missed it here's me pointing with a giant foam finger at it. *points* ----> Adland's ad links.
American Package Museum. Oh aren't they so swell looking? "The primary objective of this site is to preserve and display specimens of American package design from the early decades of the 20th century." And they do it so well with nicely lit photographs that makes it feel like we've taken the Delorian to the past.
Good Logo! You know when your client needs a mockup yesterday and then sends you the logo in the shape of a badly pixellated .jpg? Good logo has saved my ass plenty of times, and serves as a inspiration site when creating logos so I don't make something far too similar to what is already out there.
Truth in advertising - Cigarette ads from back when "nine out of ten doctors smoke 'em". How fab.
Ad Classix - where you can browse and buy retro ads from the early 1900s to the 1970s. "AdClassix.com has spent years gathering a unique collection of original, authentic print advertisements spanning the last century. We deal only in the original vintage advertisement produced for any given product. We do not deal in digital copies or mass produced duplicates."
The History of Advertising Trust Archive:"Over our thirty years of existence we have brought together the largest archive of UK advertising in the world. From the outset our mission has been to make this material available for study and research at the lowest possible cost. HAT Archive houses unique collections and study resources dating from the early 1800s to the present day and we are always looking for ways to develop them and improve our services."
You too, dear adgrunt, can add your link to the links, but you'll have to be logged in to do so (spammers really love to try and get one past me there - they have carefully scripted automated bots that hammer the site for days at a time, for real). You can help weed out dead links too, just "report dead link" if you find one that is, this way we keep the link archive fresh and choc full of gems for all adgrunts in the world.