In honor of Mad Men’s series finale this weekend, we decided to honor the real mid-century “mad men” of Madison Avenue by collecting some of our favorite mid-century advertising buttons.
Looking back through the Button Museum archives, it’s easy to imagine taglines written by Peggy Olson and campaigns straight out of Don Draper’s head. Here are a few of the pinbacks we think Sterling Cooper crew would have approved of.
A button with Pete Campbell’s name written all over it, if ever there was a certifiable “sales eagle,” Pete was it.
As “the voice of Moms,” we can imagine Peggy put in charge of writing for a wholesome account like Borden’s Chocolate Milk, though we don’t know if she’d be happy about it.
Landing Mohawk Airlines was a coup for Sterling Cooper back in their early days, but it’s TWA that seems to have Don’s personal loyalty in the later seasons– a flight attendant refers to him by name, and he tells a seatmate en route from California to New York, “I fly a lot.”
A button in honor of Dawn, Clara, Miss Blankenship, Meredith, Peggy, Joan, Megan, and all the rest of the various secretaries and all the hundreds of cups of coffee they’ve fetched the Mad Men bosses every morning.
Is it just us or does the proper British frog this airline partnership button remind you of Lane Pryce, too?
One for Harry Crane, he’ll buy the client time between Hogan’s Heroes and Beverly Hillbillies.
Though not technically a Sterling Cooper employee, we thought Betty Draper would approve of this pro-milk pocket mirror. 3 glasses every day!