At a Glance

History Matters

Advertisements have surrounded us for years. How can you interpret them? Where can you find them?

Making Sense of Advertisements

Advertisements are all around us today and have been for a long time; advertising-free "good old days" just don't exist. This guide offers an overview of advertisements as historical sources and how historians use them; a brief history of advertising; questions to ask when interpreting ads as historical evidence; an annotated bibliography; and a guide to finding advertisements online.