Woman offering a man a drink, c 1950.
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A photograph of a couple in their living room, taken by Photographic Advertising Limited in about 1950. The woman is serving the seated man a drink from a small, but well-stocked, bar in their living room. Photographic Advertising Limited was founded in 1926 by a group experienced in photojournalism and film. The company created multi-purpose stock images with the potential for selling a range of products. Whilst enjoying its greatest success during the 1930s, it continued in business until 1977. Photographic Advertising Limited's trademark, the staged studio photograph resembling a film still, was its selling point and, later, its downfall. Sophisticated, adaptable and generic, this kind of image gradually fell out of favour as clients increasingly demanded targeted advertising campaigns with specific photographs.