A collection of images from over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines from 1911 through 1955. Subject areas include: radio, television, transportation, beauty and hygiene and World War I
adflip - print advertisments from the 1940's to the present
You can look at a decent sized image of most ads. Full access requires subscription.
AdViews: A Digital Archive of Vintage Television Commercials
AdViews is a digital archive of thousands of vintage television commercials dating from the 1950s to the 1980s.
Calisphere is the University of California's free public gateway to a world of primary sources. More than 150,000 digitized items — including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and other unique cultural artifacts — reveal the diverse history and culture of California and its role in national and world history.
Magazines on Google Books 90+ full text popular magazines.
Hulu can be a good source for TV shows portraying young adults and families. Examples are Father Knows Best (1954-1960), The Donna Reed Show (1958-1966),The Cosby Show (1984-1992), My So Called Life (1994-95).