In Celebration of the Super Bowl, 4 Amazing Advertising Artifacts from Our Collections

With the Super Bowl right around the corner, the talk has turned to which commercials will get the most coverage. We thought this was the perfect opportunity to showcase some unique advertising-related artifacts from North Carolina’s past in our collections. Though our collections contain hundreds of ads to to choose from, we’ve narrowed it down to four of our favorites and given you links to where you can see more.

1. An ad from the 1937 N.C. State Fair Premium List for 7-Up. The ad is now part of the State Government Publications Collection of the State Library. Check out more ads from that collection here.

State Fair 1937

2. A 1954 magazine ad for Camel Cigarettes featuring actor William Holden. The ad is now part of the collection of the N.C. Historic Sites.  

William Holden Camel ad

3. 3-D glasses—now in the collection of the N.C. Museum of History— that were used to view an ad Coca-Cola ran during halftime of the 1989 Super Bowl.

  3-D Glasses

4. A window display from Brantley’s Drug Store in Raleigh, circa 1940. This image is now in the State Archives. See more images from the Archives here.

 

If the actual football game is more your style, we’ve got you covered there too. Check out Carl Eller’s visor from Super Bowl XI (played in 1977) and this penalty flag from Super Bowl XXXIII (played in 1999), both now in the collection of the N.C. Museum of History.

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