Photo: Library of Congress
The Federal Advertising Agency was not, as its name suggests, a government regulatory body. It was actually a working advertising agency located at the old Manhattan Savings Building, at 385 Madison Avenue. While the building is now demolished, there are a few surviving pictures of what the shop looked like in 1947.We found them in the Library of Congress’ photo archives.
One of FAA’s alumni may have been Robert Pirosh, who went on to write for the Marx Brothers.
For those who think Mad Men embellishes about how progressive design was in the 1960s, you’ll be shocked to see how modern things were only two years after World War II.
The photos unveil an aggressively modern, minimalist space. Unfortunately, the photos are in black and white so we can’t see if the colours were vibrant. But this office tour nonetheless puts a lot of today’s workplaces to shame.
This is an ad from Life magazine in 1953, in which George Burns and Gracie Allen promote having a coffee break for the Pan American Coffee Bureau.
The tagline was, 'Give Yourself a Coffee-Break--And Get What Coffee Gives to You.'
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