One of the great (and largely unfulfilled) promises of a distributed information archive, such as the internet, is a browsable database of art. Potentially a massive collection of art. Reality and promise often don’t coincide, though, and internet users need to be satisfied with what they’ve got.
Which, in the case of niche sites like Ephemera Now, is a pretty decent start. EN has been scanning old advertising art (the sort found in musty National Geographics) and have produced some fine images, each a snapshot of the true Good Ol’ Days as only Madison Avenue could imagine it.
Popular art and advertising have changed considerably since even the ‘latest’ pieces, but historians and consumers alike can enjoy this little walk down memory lane.