Centered around New York City’s now-famous Madison Avenue, the advertising business was just one of the many magnets for creative types who flocked to the city, creating a mid-century center for commerce, culture, and art. From these creative minds would erupt memorable campaigns that captured the public’s attention and embedded into pop culture images such as the Marlboro Man and catch phrases such as “Think Small,” “I’d Rather Fight Than Switch,” “We Try Harder,” and “Does She or Doesn’t She?” DDB and a few of its competitors were pioneers at first, and creative advertising evolved slowly, blossoming ever more vibrantly as the buttoned-down Fifties gave way to the psychedelic Sixties.
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- 4 Great Ads From the ‘Mad Men’ Edition of ‘Newsweek’ (adweek.com)