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Adverts mentioning Combe Down or Monkton Combe
Newspapers were the major advertising medium during the first half of the 19th century, a position unchallenged until the emergence of television in the 20th century. Early adverts were used to promote books, medicines and sell or rent houses. Food and drink adverts soon started as mass production increased, then fashion and smoking.
Many early adverts were factual and somewhat banal. It was not until about the 1880s that creative and interesting adverts started to appear and as typewriters and cameras became more common and mass communication increased with the more magazines and radio advertising took off and targeted slogans, images and phrases became common emphasising availability, difference and aspiration. Advertising helped to ‘normalise’ consumers views, but sometimes created unrealistic expectations.
However one looks at it, for better or for worse, adverts change and reflect society and so sometimes become interesting themselves.
The local adverts that I have found that mention Combe Down or Monkton Combe generally fit in the ‘factual and banal’ category but are sometimes no less interesting for that in the context of local history.
1800 – 1850 adverts mentioning Combe Down or Monkton Combe
1850 – 1900 adverts mentioning Combe Down or Monkton Combe
Post 1900 adverts mentioning Combe Down or Monkton Combe