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Advertising in Mattoon


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Charleston, Illinois


Coles County



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Advertising Through the Ages:
A Glimpse into Mattoon's History


cigarette ad 1950s












Advertisements are an excellent indicator of societal values. They demonstrate which ideals society held at a particular period of time. In addition, they provide a glimpse into events in history. Ads from times of war, economic prosperity, and social change often address these events. Look at the representative ads link below and select an era for which you have an interest. The ads will almost always display that they were made during that time. To learn more about how advertisers adjusted to different eras, check out the "Evolutions of Advertising" link below. For more information on advertising, select the bibliography link.

Investigate Evolutions in Advertising