If you love AMC's Mad Men as much as we do, you may be interested to meet the real women (and men) who ran the advertising industry during the '50s and '60s. As a video on AdAge's website explains, the One Club, a non-profit that focuses on advertising, has curated an exhibit called "The Real Men & Woman Of Madison Avenue" which attempts to dispel the Mad Men myth that ad agencies of the era were all about drinking and partying. Strangely, disappointingly, the exhibit is completely quiet on the topics of sexism and racism. Sure, its features women who were working in the advertising world at that time, like Phyllis Robinson, who was the chief copywriter at Doyle Dane Bernbach, but the racism portrayed in the show - like the complete absence of any people of color working in the main office beyond the snack cart - is neither refuted or explained. [AdAge, NYPL]


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