60 Years of Television Advertising
In this special report, we’ve detailed the early days of TV advertising, and engaged some of the best and the brightest in TV advertising today to assess where we are and where we’re going. You can download PDFs of the pages of this special section after each story.
- Integrated Marketing: The Brand-New 60-Year-Old Idea
- Serling's 'Patterns' an Icon of Lost Era Anyone who seriously wonders why they call it the Golden Age need only screen a play like “Patterns,” which a young upstart named Rod Serling wrote for “Kraft Television Theatre” in 1955, to enjoy a lovely epiphany. Everything about it seems so gratifyingly right. ...On pg. 12
Below is a clip from Rod Serling's "Patterns":
- ‘Kraft’-ing a Durable Business Model The elite of high society in post-World War II Manhattan patronized the Regency Food Shop, “a natty grocery and meat market” at 80th and Lexington, according to the April 30, 1947, issue of The New Yorker. ... On pg. 3 And page 4. And page 6. And page 8.
- Ad Agency Created Art In an article published March 7, 1955, Jack Gould, The New York Times’ first TV critic, wrote, “The notion that an advertising agency must be a corporate dolt in television theatrical matters is not standing up too well in one quarter. The J. Walter Thompson Co., one of the largest agencies, is quietly walking off with some major honors for distinguished TV drama. It’s time the Thompson boys received their due.” ... On pg. 8
- Jack Paar's Bufferin Explosion When live TV commercials were a mainstay on TV, anything could happen—and it often did. One of the more fun disasters occurred on “Tonight” in the summer of 1958. Jack Paar hosted the show then; in fact, it was known as “The Jack Paar Show.” ... On pg. 10
- Ad Pioneer Recognized TV's Promise By the time TV started to take off in late 1947, John Orr Young, the co-founder of ad giant Young & Rubicam, had left Y&R and was working in public relations. ... On pg. 4.
- The Once and Future King The television business today faces daunting challenges. But it’s moving quickly—and often smartly—to meet the demands of a digital marketplace. Reports of the medium’s demise were clearly exaggerated. The industry is determined to reinvent itself and remain the channel of choice for advertisers. ... On page 14. And page 16. And page 18.
- Early 'Recipe' Reveals TV’s Darker Side TV shows from the late 1940s and the early 1950s, when the programs were produced by advertising agencies on behalf of their clients and were broadcast live, make up a large portion of what has been referred to as the “Golden Age of Television.” Lest we forget, however, not every program was a gem. ... On page 6.
- Smoking Gun Most TV viewers today are familiar with the Coca-Cola cups that sit on the judges’ table on “American Idol.” Some say it’s the quintessential example of product placement on TV today. ... On page 10.