Marketing, Motherhood, and Mayhem

Who started advertising?

March 25th, 2011 by Deb McLean

It’s estimated that each American sees over 3,000 advertising messages daily.  Who started all this?

And when do you think advertising started? Maybe 1800’s?  Nope. 

In America? Not a chance.

Examples of written ad copy thus goes back to the dawn of civilization, so most scholars give credit for the idea to the traditional inventors of writing: the Egyptians.

Advertising on papyrus was common in Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome, but you have to go all the back to Ancient Egyptian to find the first examples of papyrus being used for sales messages and wall posters.

I wonder what the Egyptians would think of today’s options for getting the word out?

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