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Rubbermaid’s New Sink Fashions (1950s)

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Following suit of total color coordination, Rubbermaid created matching dish drainers, sink mats and countertop drainer trays. Many retro colors were available. This late ’50s ad shows a turquoise/pastel. Other colors included sunshine yellow, green, red and deep blue. This entire set could be had for under $10 (ad shows “as little as $7.96”).

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1950s Ford Dealership Promotional Thermometer

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In the 1950s it was popular for businesses to promote constant and word-of-mouth advertising by giving away useful items. Among the most common promotional items were desk and wall calendars, matchbooks, shoe horns and writing instruments. It was also common for business to offer more elaborate tools and household items with significant purchases, like this

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French Fashion Perfume Ads

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Flip through the pages of any modern women’s magazine and you’ll find pages of sensual images promoting both classic and new perfumes and colognes. Perfumery has been a popular and profitable trade for several centuries. Designer scents have been, for many years, in high demand. In the late 1300s, the Hungarians produced a perfume that

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