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245 05 $a [The Lawrence F. Karr Collection of television commercials of the 1960s and early 1970s].

520 ## $a This collection consists of 1,928 commercials produced during the 1960s and early 1970s. In addition, there are 175 duplicate copies. The commercial products advertised include items such as food for human consumption, dog food, automobiles, cigarettes, products for indoor and outdoor use, entertainment products, and various services. Companies represented include Colgate-Palmolive, Campbellā€™s, Chevrolet, and General Foods. These commercials were broadcast on WJAR-TV, Channel 10, the NBC affiliate in the Providence, Rhode Island area.

520 ## $a Continued: The commercials are of various running times: 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, and 60 seconds. The majority are either 30 or 60 seconds. Most are in color, but many are in black and white. Many of the color films are faded. Almost all have sound, but some sound tracks are damaged. A few are incomplete. All are 16 mm. viewing prints. Most are live action, but some are part live action and part animation and some are completely animation.

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Appendix C4.5.  Notes

Appendix C4.  Descriptive cataloging

Appendix C:  Collection-Level Cataloging