A monster truck called Bear Foot did more than crush a line of cars into heaps of twisted metal for a 1990 commercial aimed at wowing US TV audiences in the most spectacular fashion.
Marshall McLuhan, the communications theorist who famously declared that "the medium is the message", had a love/hate relationship with the ad industry.
Long before product placement and programme sponsorship were allowed on British TV, shoppers' guides - commonly known as "ad-mags" - gave advertisers access to audiences outside the hourly ad-break quota.
The increased globalisation of advertising has brought with it some significant dangers.
It seems appropriate that the age of celebrity endorsements should have been launched through the coming together of two of the biggest larger-than-life characters from the barnstorming days when Hollywood was evolving into the movie capital of the world.
Outdoor advertising's power to make jaws drop and eyes pop has never been better shown off than by the billboards that blaze around the clock in New York's Times Square.
Joy started out as a short film that Mehdi Norowzian had added to his showreel as part of efforts to establish himself as a commercials director.
There was no character more symbolic of the here-today-gone-tomorrow nature of the companies riding the 90s dotcom wave in the deluded belief that blanket advertising could compensate for flawed business models than the Pets.com sock puppet.
On an afternoon in November 2007, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's founder, stood before an audience of corporate bigwigs and representatives of the Madison Avenue agency establishment to announce what was arguably the start of social media advertising.
For more than 80 years, BBDO has underlined its commitment to creative potency with its famous mission statement: "The work, the work, the work."
At a time when nothing defined an adman-made-good more than the flashy car he drove, nothing embodied the no-nonsense but publicity-seeking style of the fledgling Boase Massimi Pollitt more than its Mini fleet.
Over almost four decades, the Clio Awards had evolved to become the Oscars of the US advertising industry.
Amid Pompeii's ruins is a curbstone into which has been carved a penis proudly pointing the way to what was once one of the city's most popular brothels.
Hoover's 1992 free-flights offer seemed to defy the laws of marketing gravity.
Henry John Heinz revolutionised the advertising and marketing of mass-produced food.
With the benefit of almost 40 years' worth of hindsight, it's easy to identify Ted Turner's 1976 purchase of the Atlanta Braves baseball team as revolutionising the way people would watch TV. And the way advertisers would use it.
How would you describe the colour red to a blind person or - in as few words as possible - what snow is like to somebody who has never seen it?
Antarctic blizzards don't come more impenetrable than the mystery surrounding a recruitment ad said to have been placed by the polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.
Modern-day product placement began when an abandoned and famished space-traveller called ET was coaxed out of a wood and into the home of a young boy by his trail of sweets.
Most adlanders would regard creative hotshops as a relatively modern phenomenon.
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