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Grade Range:
6-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media
Date Posted:
3/1/2016
Visit the world of teenage consumers and see the diverse objects that lived in teenagers' bedrooms during the Consumer Era.
Grade Range:
6-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media
Date Posted:
3/1/2016
Explore the Consumer Era in the United States through objects, stories, and videos.
Grade Range:
8-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
3/1/2016
The advertising business shaped the relationship between producers and consumers. Starting with newspapers, advertising financed media in the U.S., ensuring that it all became commercialized. Advertisers defined the benefits of consumption for Americans, linking products to personal improvement,
Grade Range:
8-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
3/1/2016
How does American business affect you? How and why has it changed since the United States began? Come explore stories of business men and women who have changed the world. See hundreds of intriguing objects that illustrate transformations in society. Think about how Americans have mixed capitalis
Grade Range:
6-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Interactives & Media
Duration:
5 minutes
Date Posted:
5/19/2014
One of the most enduring national brand characters to appear in the early days of advertising is everyone's favorite sartorially gifted legume, Mr. Peanut. In this episode, host Tory Altman joins Kathleen Franz, professor at American University, to talk about the history of "spokes-characters" in
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
6/18/2012
Holidays on Display examines the art, industry, and history of holiday display across the United States. Focusing on parading culture and department store retail display, primarily between the 1920s and 1960s, when holiday displays were considered commercial endeavors equally rewarding f
Grade Range:
5-8
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media, Worksheets
Duration:
21 minutes
Date Posted:
12/31/2010
In this episode of the History Explorer podcast series, curator Larry Bird discusses the development of holiday parades, department store window displays, and light shows and examines larger issues in American culture in the late nineteeth through mid-twentieth centuries including 
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
11/1/2009
This online resource revisits the hobby of Paint by Number from the vantage point of the artists and entrepreneurs who created the popular paint kits, the cultural critics who reviled them, and the hobbyists who happily completed them and hung them in their homes. Students will learn ho
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
6/10/2009
Diner's Club was one of the earliest issuers of credit cards beginning in 1950. The convenience and security they came to represent transformed payment methods and later blossomed into one of the primary mechanisms for purchasing goods and services for customers. They also became a device for tra
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
4/15/2009
Aladdin Industries profited from the success of The Jetsons television cartoon series in the fall of 1963 by introducing a domed lunch box featuring that space-traveling suburban family and their robotic maid. American notions of family life in the 1960s traveled effortlessly outward to
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