As McCarthyism swept across the United States and capitalism was
king, white America enjoyed a feeling of pride and security that
was reflected in advertising. Carelessly flooding society with
dangerous misinformation, companies in the 50s promoted everything
from vacations in Las Vegas, where guests could watch atomic bombs
detonate, to cigarettes as healthy mood-enhancers, promoted by a
baby who claims his mother feels better after she smokes a
Marlboro. From "The World's Finest Automatic Washer" to the
Cadillac which "Gives a Man a New Outlook," you'll find a colorful
plethora of ads for just about anything the dollar could buy. Oh,
and "Have you noticed how many of your neighbors are using Herman
Miller furniture these days?" If only you could really travel back
in time and pick up a few chairs for your collection...
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