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Advertising – Cigarettes

Instead of a cigarette, enjoy a small sampling from our chronological assortment of 1000’s cigarette ads, from the 1920’s till today, currently on display on the top shelf of the picture collection.

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1920-1929

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1930-1939

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1940-1949

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1950-1959

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1960-1969

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1970-1979

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1980-1989

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1990-1999

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2000-2009

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2010-2019

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American Fabrics and Fashion

American Fabrics and Fashion (also called American Fabrics) was a commercial textile magazine created as a guide for manufacturers in the fabrics industry. In every issue there are dozens of physical fabric samples glued in, so in case you were wondering, “What did the 50’s feel like?”, here is the most literal answer to your question. Accompanying the samples are textile advertisements and sometimes the samples are even incorporated into the ads themselves. For anyone interested in fashion, textiles or all that is tactile, American Fabrics is a publication of great cultural and historical value.

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We have 105 Issues of American Fabrics, 1946-1975.

American Fabrics, Number 72. 1966.

American Fabrics, Number 72. 1966.

American Fabrics, Number 69. Fall 1965.

American Fabrics, Number 69. Fall 1965.
Cover Art by W Lully.

American Fabrics, Number 71. Spring/Summer 1966.

American Fabrics, Number 71. Spring/Summer 1966.
Cover Art by W Lully.

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American Fabrics, Number 85. Winter 1969.
Cover Art by W Lully.

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American Fabrics, Number 72. Summer 1966.
Cover Art by W Lully.

American Fabrics, Number 2. 1947.

American Fabrics, Number 2. 1947.

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American Fabrics, Number 88. Fall 1970.

 

American Fabrics, Number 85. Winter 1969.

American Fabrics, Number 85. Winter 1969.

American Fabrics, Number 85. Winter 1969.

American Fabrics, Number 85. Winter 1969.

American Fabrics, Number 103. Spring 1975.

American Fabrics, Number 103. Spring 1975.

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American Fabrics, Number 50. Summer 1960.

American Fabrics, Number 50. Summer 1960.

American Fabrics, Number 49. Spring 1960.

American Fabrics, Number 49. Spring 1960.

American Fabrics, Number 30. Fall 1954.

American Fabrics, Number 30. Fall 1954.

American Fabrics, Number 52. Spring 1961.

American Fabrics, Number 52. Spring 1961.
(Not a picture of Supima seeds but a real packet of seeds!)

American Fabrics, Number 31. Winter 1954.

American Fabrics, Number 31. Winter 1954.

American Fabrics, Number 105. Fall 1975.

American Fabrics, Number 105. Fall 1975.

American Fabrics, Number 88. Fall 1970.

American Fabrics, Number 88. Fall 1970.

American Fabrics, Number 01.1946.

American Fabrics, Number 01.1946.

American Fabrics, Number 01.1946.

American Fabrics, Number 01.1946.

American Fabrics, Number 102.1974.

American Fabrics, Number 102.1974.

American Fabrics, Number 69.1965.

American Fabrics, Number 69. 1965.

American Fabrics, Number 30. Fall 1954.

American Fabrics, Number 30. Fall 1954.

American Fabrics, Number 86. Spring 1970.

American Fabrics, Number 86. Spring 1970.

American Fabrics, Number 87. Summer 1970.

American Fabrics, Number 87. Summer 1970.

American Fabrics, Number 104. Winter 1975.

American Fabrics, Number 104. Winter 1975.

American Fabrics, Number 02. 1947.

American Fabrics, Number 02. 1947.

American Fabrics, Number 71. Spring/Summer 1966.

American Fabrics, Number 71. Spring/Summer 1966.

American Fabrics, 1980.

American Fabrics, 1980.

Signs & Billboards

A sign is something that can point you towards an attraction – towards a milkshake, a movie, or a neighboring town — but some signs are so unique, or so bleakly common, that they themselves become attractions (or un-attractions). Check out some of the more unusual signs here at the picture collection – there are 98 pictures and 12 booklets waiting for you.

Queens, NY
KalTech Industries Group
Manufacturers of Environmental Graphics and Signage
InfoNorm Sign System

Amarillo, Texas
Photo by Howard Ande

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Drive-In Movie Theaters

Drive-In Movie Theaters

Zambia
National Geographic. September 2005.
Photo by Lynn Johnson.

Black & White Magazine, Issue 45. September 2006.

Geo.

Geo.

Bangkok, Thailand
National Geographic. November 1955.

National Lampoon, August 1990.

National Lampoon, August 1989.

National Lampoon, August 1989.

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Airbrush Action

Since 1985 Airbrush Action has been teaching artists how to satisfy clients that go in for the Kenny Powers aesthetic. This fine magazine includes tips, tricks, step-by-step how-to’s, competitions, and interviews with airbrush artists. Seemingly every variety of airbrushed material is covered: t-shirts, cars, trucks, buses, helicopters, giant lobster statues, magazine ads, snowmobiles, pre-photoshop photo retouching, medical illustration, toy packaging graphics, fake marble walls, leotards, pleather jackets, bowling pins, bicycles, caricatures, fingernails, hair, prosthetic puppets, and fine art paintings.

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The SVA library has nearly all of the Airbrush Action magazines released between 1988 and the present. Feast your eyes.

Airbrush Action. July/August 2002.

Airbrush Action. July/August 2002.

Airbrush Action. August 1992.

Airbrush Action. August 1992.

Airbrush Action. September/October 1993.

Airbrush Action. September/October 1993.

Airbrush Action. March/April 1988.

Airbrush Action. March/April 1988.

Airbrush Action. September/October 1989.

Airbrush Action. September/October 1989.

Airbrush Action. October 1994.

Airbrush Action. October 1994.

Airbrush Action. May-June 1989.

Airbrush Action. May-June 1989.

Airbrush Action. March-April 1988.

Airbrush Action. March-April 1988.

 

Airbrush Action. July-August 1992.

Airbrush Action. July-August 1992.

Airbrush Action. July-August 1992.

Airbrush Action. July-August 1992.

Airbrush Action. March-April 1991.

Airbrush Action. March-April 1991.

Airbrush Action. March-April 1991.

Airbrush Action. March-April 1991.

Airbrush Action. January-February 1993.

Airbrush Action. January-February 1993.
Jozef Sumichrast

Airbrush Action. January-February 1993.
Jozef Sumichrast

Airbrush Action. July-August 1992.

Airbrush Action. July-August 1992.

Airbrush Action. May-June 1993.

Airbrush Action. May-June 1993.
Jan Strnad & Richard Corben

Airbrush Action. July-August 1994.

Jim Henson’s Creature Shop
Airbrush Action. July-August 1994.

 Airbrush Action. July-August 1994.

Jim Henson’s “The Dark Crystal”
Airbrush Action. July-August 1994.

Airbrush Action. July-August 1994.

Jim Henson’s “Dinosaurs” Puppets
Airbrush Action. July-August 1994.

Airbrush Action. January-February 1994.

Airbrush Action. January-February 1994.

Airbrush Action. January-February 1990.

Airbrush Action. January-February 1990.

Airbrush Action. May-June 1994.

Airbrush Action. May-June 1994.

Airbrush Action. March-April 1993.

Airbrush Action. March-April 1993.

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Airbrush Action.

Airbrush Action. January-February 1991.

Airbrush Action. January-February 1991.

Airbrush Action. May-June 1994.

Airbrush Action. May-June 1994.

Airbrush Action. May-June 1994.

Airbrush Action. May-June 1994.

Airbrush Action. May-June 1994.

Airbrush Action. May-June 1994.

Airbrush Action. May-June 1994.

Airbrush Action. May-June 1994.

Airbrush Action. January-February 1990.

Airbrush Action. January-February 1990.

Airbrush Action. November-December 2002.

Airbrush Action. November-December 2002.
Steve Vandemon

Airbrush Action. March-April 2005.

Airbrush Action. March-April 2005.

Airbrush Action. July-August 1993.

Airbrush Action. July-August 1993.

Airbrush Action. September-October 1994.

Airbrush Action. September-October 1994.

Airbrush Action. November-December 2002.

Airbrush Action. November-December 2002.

Airbrush Action. May-June 1993.

Airbrush Action. May-June 1993.

Airbrush Action. July-August 1992.

Airbrush Action. July-August 1992.

 

Holidays – Halloween

Happy Halloween!!

Creature from the Black Lagoon

Creature from the Black Lagoon Mask

October 1969

October 1960

October 1973

October 1973

jack-o-lanterns

Illustration by Adam McCauley

CapriSun Ad

1984 Advertisement for CapriSun

Sun Maid Raisins Advertisement, October 1965.

Sun Maid Raisins Advertisement, October 1965.

Advertisement by the California Raisin Advisory Board, October 1975.

Advertisement by the California Raisin Advisory Board, October 1975.

Advertisement for Nickel Stainless Steel, 1964.

Advertisement for Nickel Stainless Steel
Life, September 18, 1964.

Ricky's Poster Advertisement, 2003.

Ricky’s Poster Advertisement, 2003.

Ricky's Poster Advertisement, 2003.

Ricky’s Poster Advertisement, 2003.

Halloween in Switzerland

October 24, 197[?]