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Commercials and Ads

Over 7,000 U.S. and Canadian advertisements covering five product categories - Beauty and Hygiene, Radio, Television, Transportation, and World War II propaganda - dated between 1911 and 1955. A digital collection from the Duke University Libraries.
Thousands of television commercials from the 1950s to the 1980s.
The Advertising Archives
Database of over 100,000 searchable images. You can also browse by category
Life Photo Archives
Not just ads, but you can find them if you add "source:life" to any Google image search and search only the LIFE photo archive. The "Search LIFE images" box at the site itself does not seem to work.
Bettmann Archive
More than 11 million stock photography images. You can search by "advertisement" and your subject. For example, "advertisement train," or "advertisement japan* war."
The Living Room Candidate
Presidential Campaign Commercials 1952-2020.
Early Television Commercials.
From the Internet Archive.
Classic TV Commercials.
Another collection from the Internet Archive.

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