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The Rise of Advertising in the United States: A History of Innovation to 1960

The Rise of Advertising in the United States: A History of Innovation to 1960

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In this unique work of scholarship, Edd Applegate surveys the key figures and events that transformed the American business landscape from its colonial beginnings to that Mad Men moment when advertising “went professional.” In The Rise of Advertising in the United States: A History of Innovation to 1960, Applegate traces how the explosion of newspapers in the American colonies laid the groundwork for the first advertising agents, leading to America’s first class of professional marketers. This entrepreneurial class of new white-collar professionals thrived on innovation in the quest for more publicity, larger clients, and greater sales. Some of the thought-leaders in what remained a novel, ever-changing form of communication includedP. T. Barnum, master of the advertising “gimmick”Lydia Pinkham, queen of the patent medicine cureJohn Wanamaker, progenitor of modern retail advertisingAlbert Lasker, the formulator of “reason why” advertisingStanley Resor, the consummate market researcherElliott White Springs, the groundbreaking purveyor of the sexual innuendoApplegate records the achievements of these individuals and others up until 1960, when advertising underwent a remarkable change, becoming a post-war subject of study and scholarship in America’s colleges and universities. Written for those interested in learning about a select group of movers and shakers in this key area of American business, The Rise of Advertising in the United States should appeal to anyone interested in American business history.