Guide to the J. Walter Thompson Company. Lucile Turnbach Platt Papers, 1926-1930
The papers of Lucile Turnbach Platt, former employee of the J. Walter Thompson Company's Personality Department, span the years 1926 to 1930; some Items are undated. The materials primarily document the creation of a testimonial advertising campaign for Simmons beds and boxsprings, and Beautyrest mattresses. The papers illustrate the selection of spokespersons, photographing of them and their home interiors, travel arrangements, delivery and removal of beds, and payment for their services. The materials chiefly consist of office memoranda and other correspondence among Platt, other JWT staff and product spokespersons. The collection also includes photographs and negatives, a few samples of advertisements, lists of women approached to participate, unsigned copies of contracts, and drafts of testimonials. Most of the files relate to soliciting very prominent American and foreign women to endorse Simmons products, including Eleanor Roosevelt, Mrs. Charles Crocker, Mrs. John Sargent Pillsbury, Mrs. Perry Tiffany, Mrs. Robert T. Vanderbilt, and Mrs. John W. Wanamaker III, among many others. Endorsers were paid between $1,000 and $5,000 for permission to use their names, photographs, and testimonials. Photographs of bedrooms were shot on location in the women's homes. The materials are arranged with miscellaneous Simmon's account files first, alphabetically by title, then files are arranged alphabetically by the spokesperson's name.
- Collection Number
- J. Walter Thompson Company. Lucile Turnbach Platt papers
- J. Walter Thompson Company
- 1.2 Linear Feet, 900 Items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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[Identification of item], J. Walter Thompson Company. Lucile Turnbach Platt Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
|1891 Feb. 1||
Born in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania
Earned A. B. from Mount Holyoke College
Worked as a social worker in Rhode Island and New York
Organized Hostesses, Inc., a service bureau that arranged parties, shopping, etc.
|1928 May 2||
Began working at JWT's New York Office in the Women's Editorial Department
|1929 Jan. 1||
Transferred to the JWT Personality Department
|1959 Jan. 31||
Retired from JWT
|1963 Jan. 7||
For more biographical information on Lucille Turnbach Platt, see the JWT Archives Personnel Files and similar information in the Biographical Files.
Click to find related materials at Duke University Libraries.
- John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History
- J. Walter Thompson Company
- J. Walter Thompson Company. Personality department
- Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962
- Simmons Company
- Steichen, Edward, 1879-1973
The Lucile Turnbach Platt Papers were transferred to the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library from the J. Walter Thompson Company (JWT) in 1987.
Processed by: Katherine Rose
Completed April 1997
Encoded by Stephen Douglas Miller
Processing of this collection was supported in part by gifts from the J. Walter Thompson Company Fund and the John and Kelly Hartman Foundation.