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AdAge is the major trade periodical, issued weekly. Library's online subscription includes issue archive (see "more" below)
Link to periodical website for selected content of current issue; for full-text of previous articles, Library has access via ABI/Inform database (from 2003 to date; 1 month delay)
The annual "Leading National Advertisers" issue from Advertising Age is now online, with added content from AdAge's Data Center. For the top 100 "LNA", media spending is listed. For large brands within a company (e.g., Chevrolet, Buick - within GM ; M&M's - within Mars), media spending is also listed.
AdAge Data Center
Includes the annual "Leading National Advertisers" data for the top 200 corporate advertisers. Click on "Advertising Spending". Also includes top 200 megabrands (ex.: Kraft, McDonald's) total media spending, and, by general category (retail, etc.) - media spending. Click "Datacenter" from top of screen.
Advertising - History
Print ads from 1911-1955 - 5 broad categories (+ 23 smaller categories) -- 7,000 ads total. From Duke Univ.
Also consider browsing through our online historical newspapers - for the Atlanta Constitution [1881 to 1984] and New York Times [1851 to 2011]