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The Branding of America
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CA, Riverside - Sunkist Citrus
1910 cookbook - Recipes for Dainty Dishes

1925 book: The Story of a Pantry Shelf: 27,000, 000 Boxes
More facts: About Sunkist - Click on History link for a historical timeline (Flash player required)

CA, San Francisco - Levi Strauss
1970 photograph - Jean Jacket
More facts: Levi Strauss and Co. Heritage

GA, Atlanta - Coca-Cola
1953 photograph - Coca Cola sign
1925 book: The Story of a Pantry Shelf - 2, 400, 000, 000 Nickels
More facts: Dr. J.S.Pemberton (Inventor of Coca Cola)

HI, Oahu - Dole
1932 photograph - A pineapple field on the island of Oahu, Hawaii
More facts: Dole Company Teachers

IL, De Kalb - Barbed Wire
1978 photograph - Barbed wire on a fence
More facts: A Brief History of the Invention and Development of Barbed Wire

MA, Boston - Singer Sewing Machine
1901 booklet - Singer: The Universal Sewing Machine
More facts: Singer History

MD, Baltimore - Colgate
1922 photograph - Boardwalk
1925 book: The Story of a Pantry Shelf: 118 Years of Prestige and Progress
More facts: Colgate World of Care - History

ME, Rockland - Maine Lobsters
1943 photograph - A large lobster brought in by the New England fishing boat
More facts: Lobstering History

MI, Battle Creek - Kellogg's
1915 leaflet - Good Morning!
1957 book - The Cornflake Crusade
More facts: The History of Breakfast Cereals

MI, Detroit - Ford Motor Co.
1918 sheet music - A Ford Song
More facts: The Life of Henry Ford

MN, Hibbing - Greyhound Bus Co.
1943 photograph - Design on a Greyhound bus
More facts: Greyhound Lines Historical Timeline

MO, St. Louis - Buster Brown Shoe Co.

More facts: The Life and Times of Buster Brown

NE, Hastings - Kool-Aid
1978 photograph - Meal, Ninety-six Ranch
More facts: Hey - Kool-Aid

ND, Grand Forks - Cream of Wheat
Advertisement - The Breakfast Bell
1925 book: The Story of a Pantry Shelf - Why Rastus Grins

NJ, Camden - Campbell's Soup
1942 photograph - Making soup at the Gagnon farm
1925 book: The Story of a Pantry Shelf: The Story of Campbell's
More facts: Campbell Soup Company - History

NY, Johnstown - Knox Gelatin
Caption: 1915 cookbook - Dainty Desserts for Dainty People
1925 book: The Story of a Pantry Shelf - On the Shelves of 250,000 Grocery Stores
More facts: Rose M. Knox - First Lady of Johnstown

NY, New York - Steinway and Sons Pianos
1936 poster - Amateur contest for children
More facts: Steinway History

NY, Rochester - Eastman Kodak Co.
Advertisement - Folding Pocket Kodaks
More facts: Ellis Collection of Kodakiana and History of Kodak

OH, Cincinnati - Fleischmann's Yeast
1916 cookbook - Excellent Recipes for Making Baked Breads
1925 book: The Story of a Pantry Shelf - Behold the Humble Yeast
More facts: History of Fleischmann's Yeast

PA, Hershey - Hershey's Chocolate
Candy wrapper - Hershey's Sweet Milk Chocolates
More facts: Discover Hershey - Milton S. Hershey

PA, Pittsburgh - Heinz
1900s photograph - Horseradish field
1925 book: The Story of a Pantry Shelf - The Fame of 57
More facts: About Heinz

TN, Nashville - Maxwell House Coffee
1925 cookbook - The Story of Coffee and How to Make It
1925 book: The Story of a Pantry Shelf - A Gentleman Rides on Horseback
More facts: Maxwell House History

TX, Galveston - Borden's Condensed Milk
Advertisement: Annie Grace Clark scrapbook (image 5)
More facts: Handbook of Texas

UT, Salt Lake City - Beekeeping
1915 photograph: Apiary near Vernal, Utah
More facts: A History of Jones Bee Company

WA, Seattle - Boeing Aircraft Co.
1940's photograph - Boeing Flying Fortresses
More facts: Boeing - A Brief History

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More Library of Congress Links

Early Advertising Publications: Information about and links to books and pamphlets created by advertising agencies to promote the concept and methods of the advertising industry.

Emergence of Advertising in America Collection: This collection presents more than 9,000 images relating to the early history of advertising in the United States.

Emergence of Advertising in America Timeline: This timeline includes selected events in business technology, media, marketing and advertising from 1850 to 1920.

J. Walter Thompson Company "House Ads": Information about and links to ads produced by this prominent New York company.

R. C. Maxwell Company Outdoor Advertising: Information and links related to outdoor advertising.

The Story of a pantry shelf; an outline history of grocery specialties: This 1925 book profiles a hypothetical pantry shelf of the mid-1920s briefly exploring the history of the items on the shelf.

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Additional Resources

Ad Access: The Ad Access Project, funded by the Duke Endowment "Library 2000" Fund, presents images and database information for more than 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955. Ad Access concentrates on five main subject areas - Radio, Television, Transportation, Beauty and Hygiene, and World War II.

Ad Access Timeline 1915-1955: The Ad Access Timeline features a chronology of major events and interesting facts in international affairs; United States government and politics; companies, inventions, discoveries and technology; humanities and the arts; entertainment and sports ; and a miscellaneous section. The timelines mainly list events that occurred in or affected the United States to provide general context for the ads in the project.

Engines of Our Ingenuity: This Web site houses the transcripts and streaming audio files of more than 1700 episodes aired on the radio program "Engines of Our Ingenuity." Written and hosted by John Lienhard and produced by KUHF-FM Houston, the program tells the story of how our culture is formed by human creativity.

Food Timeline: An extensive timeline with links to information about food and food products.

HarpWeek:19th Century Advertising - This free site features a sampling of 19th century ads that originally appeared in "Harper's Weekly." Ads include Civil War products, consumer goods, farm land, foreign travel, insurance, retailers and souvenirs.

How Ad Slogans Work: This "How Stuff Works" article explores the techniques that companies use to make their products and services memorable.

International Trademark Association: This site features professionally written and informative articles on the topic of trademarks.

Reading an Advertisement: Students will practice the process of analyzing an 1886 advertisement and compare their work to that of a historian in this New Jersy interactive activity.

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