Advertisements presented to WU students one-hundred years ago differed somewhat from those today, but in many ways they seem familiar.
Featured below are various advertisements, from Student Life and The Hachet, dating to the spring of 1914 at Washington University.
Coca-cola, Anheuser-Busch, and other beverage companies constantly advertised to college students — no surprise there.
In 1914, cigarette ads were prominent in the pages of WU publications such as Student Life. Each brand touted its benefits for health, socialization, and relaxation. Now, in 2014, WU students study tobacco’s influence on society — including the effects of advertisements.
(below) Advertisements for Bull Durham tobacco and Fatima cigarettes
(Above) Tuxedo tobacco and Velvet tobacco ads from 1914.
The Hammond Multiplex typewriter, first produced in 1913, was touted in Student Life. While perhaps not quite the same as a shiny 21st century laptop or tablet, Hammond offered the latest technological innovations of one-hundred years ago. Features included two sets of “INSTANTLY INTERCHANGEABLE” type, and the ability to use a reverse cartridge moving from right to left for Hebrew, Arabic, Turkish, Persian, or other “oriental” languages.
If you were graduating from University’s School of Dental Medicine and needed furniture to start your practice, The Harvard Company were among those competing for your business. Ads such as this (below) for dental furniture were a regular feature in The Hatchet
And while the services and styles have changed, even one-hundred years ago, phones and clothes were popular purchases for college students: