[Infographic] – Advertising in 1899 vs 2019

Posted by on August 13th, 2019 in Design

Advertising has made many changes over the years. This infographic displays some of the major differences between advertising in the early days compared to today.

Advertising in 1899 vs 2019


  • The Association of American Advertisers, predecessor to the Association of National Advertisers, is formed.
  • Most illustrations/graphics are hand drawn, photography is relatively new.
  • Text is hand drawn or arranged individually using a letterpress.
  • Ads are limited to printed media.


  • Access to a wide variety of stock photography and illustrations.
  • Computers streamline design for a fast turnaround time.
  • Advertising is a well established industry. Between television, the internet, and print, ads are literally everywhere.
  • The average American is exposed to around 4,000 ads per day!

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