Looking for a copy of a 1950s advert
January 31, 2007 5:11 AM   Subscribe

How might I go about trying to locate a copy of a 1950s British TV advert (brand known but agency unknown, a websearch reveals nothing)?
posted by rongorongo to Media & Arts (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
Why don't you give the details you know. Which brand? What was the advert like?
posted by pracowity at 5:33 AM on January 31, 2007


You could try Luerzer's Archive

http://www.luerzersarchive.us/products.asp?

There might be someone over there that could point you in the right direction. Unfortunately, without more details, it is hard to say for sure.
posted by bkeene12 at 6:33 AM on January 31, 2007


If you know the brand and the company concerned still exists you could probably contact them directly to see if they maintain an archive.

I would think there were very few ad agencies actually creating TV ads back in the '50s in the UK but it could be next to impossible to locate a copy of a TV ad after 50 years have elapsed.
posted by 543DoublePlay at 6:44 AM on January 31, 2007


Depending how motivated you are, it might be worth finding out what ad agency is currently working for them, and getting in touch with an account exec who works on that brand. The agency may have an archive of historical work for that brand, and even if they can't release it to you, someone on that account may be able to point you in the right direction.
posted by a young man in spats at 7:38 AM on January 31, 2007


If you know the brand and the company concerned still exists you could probably contact them directly to see if they maintain an archive.

Actually I work for the company concerned which is why I am a little sensitive about revealing the brand ;-)
posted by rongorongo at 8:25 AM on January 31, 2007


Have you looked on YouTube?
posted by kenchie at 9:07 AM on January 31, 2007


Actually I work for the company concerned which is why I am a little sensitive about revealing the brand

Why not contact the TV entity itself and see if they can help you. In the 50's there were only the BBC and ITN broadcasting and the Beeb didn't air adverts (?) so that should narrow the search somewhat. :-)
posted by 543DoublePlay at 10:52 AM on January 31, 2007


MHP this is a website devoted to arcane bits of British television history. perhaps a friendly e-mail to them can put you in touch with someone who knows about what you're looking for. good luck!!
posted by kuppajava at 5:08 PM on January 31, 2007


Thanks for the suggestions. For information I am also trying the National Media Museum in Bradford and the British Film and Television Archive (BFI).
posted by rongorongo at 1:28 AM on February 1, 2007


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