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"Detroit is Busy"

Monday, April 02, 2007

That's the headline from a September 1953 Art Director and Studio News article on the state of the advertising industry in Detroit.


"While there are jobs for artists and art directors of almost all styles, sizes and shapes, the big demand is for youth. Young men, with experience enough to be productive, and with potential, will find opportunities everywhere in the area -- probably more than in any other major art center in the country."


"Illustrators -- young illustrators with potential can get all kinds of experience here. One studio guarantees $300.00 to $400.00 weekly to the right man.

Automobile artists -- the volume of business lead one studio owner to state that automobile artists are needed more than at any time in the history of the industry.

Agencies, studios and advertisiers are looking for new conceptions in advertising design and art. The big demand is for young talent that can contribute something new and better."



This week, let's take a look at the illustrated ads that rocketed out of Motor City during the 50's and 60's.

You can see these images at full size in my Auto Ads Flickr set.

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  1. A wonderful topic, Leif-- a lot of the greatest illustrators of the era were trained in Detroit. And those car ads-- because of the economics of the industry and the demographics of the country-- made their way into thousands of tiny towns across the country with no art museums or libraries. Car paintings on billboards and in magazines were the best artwork that some people saw.

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