Guide to the Compton Advertising, Inc. Records, 1915-1956 and undated
Compton Advertising, Inc. was founded in 1937, formed out of the former company Blackman Advertising, Inc. In the 1980s Compton merged with, and was eventually absorbed by, Saatchi & Saatchi.
The Compton Advertising, Inc. Records cover the years 1915-1956 and includes proofs of house advertisements and brochures promoting Blackman Advertising, Inc.; its successor Compton Advertising, Inc.; and the Blackett, Sample & Hummert, Inc. agency. Contains an album of mounted photographs; and credentials charts intended for new business presentations. Acquired as part of the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History.
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
- Compton Advertising, Inc.
- Compton Advertising, Inc. Records, 1919-1956 and undated
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The Compton Advertising, Inc. Records cover the years 1915-1956 and includes proofs of "house advertisements" and brochures promoting Blackman Advertising, Inc.; its successor Compton Advertising, Inc.; and the Blackett, Sample & Hummert, Inc. agency. Contains an album of mounted photographs; and credentials charts intended for new business presentations.
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[Primarily house advertisements; includes one advertisement for Proctor & Gamble's Duz detergent.]
Blackman Company: The Blackman Company was founded by Oscar Blackman and Frank Hermes in 1908, and became known for its 60-year handling of the Procter & Gamble company beginning in the 1920s. In 1935, the company was purchased by its employees Richard Compton (President), Leonard Bush and Alfred Stanford, and two years later was renamed Compton Advertising, Inc. After a period of marked growth during the 1950s and 1960s, Compton merged in 1977 with the Saatchi & Saatchi agency, and was ultimately bought out by that company in 1982. In 1984 Compton was renamed Saatchi, Saatchi & Compton; in 1986, the company was renamed Saatchi & Saatchi.
Blackett-Sample-Hummert: The Blackett-Sample-Hummert Company was founded in 1923 in Chicago. Beginning in the late 1920s, the company became known for its work on behalf of Procter & Gamble soap products, producing daytime radio dramas promoting the products; these became known as "soap operas". Some twenty years later, in 1948, the company relocated to New York City, a hub of television broadcasting. The company eventually became known as Dancer Fitzgerald Sample and was purchased by Saatchi & Saatchi for $75 million in 1986. The two companies merged soon after to form the subsidiary company Saatchi & Saatchi DFS Compton.
- Compton, Richard J., 1892-1951.
- Hummert, Frank, 1882-1966.
- Compton Advertising, inc.
- Blackett-Sample-Hummert, inc.
- Blackman-Ross Company.
- Advertising--United States.
- Advertising agencies--United States--History--20th century.
- House organs.
- Photograph albums.
- John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History.
Related materials may be found in the following Hartman Center collections:
Additional related material may be located in the following collections of the J. Walter Thompson Company Archives:
[Identification of item], Compton Advertising, Inc. Records, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
The Compton Advertising, Inc. Records were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift from O. Milton Gossett in 2003.
Processed by Melissa Pascoe, Ashley Urquhart, February 2009
Encoded by Jessica Wood, March 2009
Accession 2003-0171 is described in this finding aid.
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