'New Yorker' Digs Up Its Own Ads From 'Mad Men' Era

Tension of the cultural shift is palpable

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The mid-'60s was an anxious and uncertain period. Like Don Draper's tumbling silhouette, those years were suspended between Eisenhower's monochrome Americana and the kaleidoscopic revolution of the Woodstock generation. At its best, Mad Men, which returns Sunday to AMC after a long hiatus, distills the schizophrenic post-Kennedy angst in human terms. The characters wrestle with their dreams, desires, faults and frailties while navigating increasingly uncharted societal territory. These vintage New Yorker ads from the period, which the magazine is presenting online to salute the show's return, vividly detail that time of change.



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