/// ‘New Yorker’ Digs Up Its Own Ads From ‘Mad Men’ Era

March 23, 2012  |  Media Week

The mid-'60s was an anxious and uncertain period. Like Don Draper's tumbling silhouette, those years were suspended between Eisenhower's monochrome Americana and the kaleidoscopic revolution of the Woodstock generation. At its best, Mad Men , which returns Sunday to AMC after a long hiatus, distills the schizophrenic post-Kennedy angst in human terms. The characters wrestle with their dreams, desires, faults and frailties while navigating increasingly uncharted societal territory. These vintage New Yorker ads from the period, which the magazine is presenting online to salute the show's return, vividly detail that time of change. The reassuring family tropes of Lees carpeting and Kodak's carousel projector (which Draper so memorably pitched in the season 1 finale) now share space with the mod paisley pajamas of Fortrel (surely Hef had a pair in '66) and the pop-art bravado of Brazil iced coffee, its stiltedly sexist copy almost a put-on even when the work was new. Key word: almost —because, as the ads make clear, this was still a man's world. Even so, women were beginning to assert their independence (sorry, Royal, they wouldn't stay in the typing pool for long), and the notion of defying conformity and being true to oneself—a key Mad Men theme—turns up in ads aimed at both women (DuPont) and men (Lebow).

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‘New Yorker’ Digs Up Its Own Ads From ‘Mad Men’ Era

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