20th Century Alcohol & Tobacco Ads. 40th Ed.

Steven Heller author Allison Silver author Jim Heimann editor


Publisher:Taschen GmbH

Published:17th Oct '22


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20th Century Alcohol & Tobacco Ads. 40th Ed. cover

Vices or virtues: drinking and smoking provided marketers with products to be forged into visual feasts. In this lush compendium of advertisements, we explore how depictions of these commodities spanned from the elegant to the offbeat, revealing how manufacturers prodded their customers throughout the 20th century to imbibe and inhale. Each era’s alcohol and tobacco trends are exuberantly captured page after page, with brand images woven into American popular culture so effectively that almost anyone could identify such icons as the Marlboro Man or Spuds MacKenzie, figures so familiar they could appear in ads without the product itself. Other advertisers devised clever and subliminal approaches to selling their wares, as the wildly successful Absolut campaign confirmed. Even doctors contributed to an improbable propaganda, testifying that smoking could calm your nerves and soothe your throat, while hailing liquor as an elixir capable of bringing social success. Whether you savor these visual delights, or enjoy inhaling and wallowing in forbidden pleasures, you will certainly be thrilled by this exploration of a decidedly vibrant—and sometimes controversial—chapter of advertising history.

“These are the ads that wooed us, and our parents, and our parents’ parents, over to the dark side of smokes and booze.” * Esquire *
“… the 100-year-long tale of how advertising tried to get consumers hooked.” * The Guardian *
“A wonderful selection of the kitsch and the bizarre.” * Creative Review *

ISBN: 9783836593717

Dimensions: unknown

Weight: 1134g

464 pages

Multilingual edition