The History of Advertising: 15 Ads That Changed Our Lives

Facilitator: Barbara Blumberg graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor of Science degree. She taught in Baltimore City Schools, Beth Tfiloh Community Day School, CCBC, Meyerberg Center, Renaissance Academy, Osher, “Food For Thought,” Friends of the Pikesville Library, North Oaks Community, The Lecture Group, and various charitable organizations.

Dates: Tuesday, November 5, 12, 19, 26, December 3

Time: 10:30 a.m.– noon

Location: Agus Library

This course will start with what was considered the very first kind of advertising. We will look at 15 ads through the centuries that changed our daily living habits including what we do in the privacy of our bathrooms, how we buy an engagement ring, and what we wear on our feet. Advertising has been influencing us for a very long time about what we need to buy to have a better life. Learn how we evolved from posters to newspapers, to magazines, radio, tv, and now the internet. Who were the brilliant ad men behind the most clever ads? How were we seduced by them? You will be shocked by vintage ads that were overtly racist and by more modern day ads that are more misogynistic according to today’s standards.

Fee: $50/Beth El Congregation members; $60/non-members. Registration is required for all participants.

For further information, contact Ellen Marks at [email protected] or 410-580-5166.