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‘The New York Times’ wants you to help decode ads from the age of Don Draper

If Mad Men has taught us anything —aside from the fact that the blatant sexism and racism of postwar America hasn’t improved very much with time— it’s that the 1960s were a golden age of advertising. Back then, companies didn’t have fancy tracking algorithms capable of automatically turning you into an unwitting spokesperson for a giant tub of lubricant. No, instead they had to rely on creative copywriters and visual artists to make ads that popped, even in black and white. If you want to see a bunch of the work from this era, head on over to Madison, an aptly named new online archive from The New York Times that collects a bunch of vintage advertisements that printed in the newspaper throughout the decade. Many are bizarre and…

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