11/25/21 Letters Read: Mad Men New Orleans-style


Available on Spotify for Podcasters, a reading from letters and ephemera created in 1962 by a local professional association for graphic designers, ADDA.

If you liked the TV show, Mad Men, you’ll love the real thing, New Orleans-style. Art Directors and Designers Association of New Orleans (ADDA) was chartered in 1961. Illustrators, lettering artists, art directors, photographers, commercial artists, and graphic designers banded together and promoted themselves to advertising executives throughout the Gulf South.

Central to this was a slideshow presentation. Digitized in 2008. You can view an animation of it HERE.

If you are curious about the then-new-fangled entertainment gizmo, and slideshows, watch the Mad Men scene HERE.

Join our reader Colin B. Miller, himself a practicing graphic designer, as he continues the 2021 Letters Read programming theme, Doing Business in New Orleans.

This Thanksgiving at 6:00 pm CDT, the 14th full-length podcast premiers and remains available thereafter.

Letters Read is the ongoing series of live events in which local performers interpret historically interesting letters written by culturally vital individuals from various times and Louisiana communities.

Donations are tax deductible, the project’s fiscal partner is Antenna, a 501(c)(3) organization.

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