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The show, he said, is a return what they think their values were. Drinking was OK, smoking was OK. It was a more hands-off time period where people toughened up and pulled themselves up by their bootstraps.
The 1960s, of course, werent that simple. It was a time of high taxation and fundamental social change, especially for minorities and women.
The Good Old Days
In the 1950s and 1960s, things were different, says Noel Cottrell, chief creative officer with Fitzgerald + Co. advertising agency.
The ad men of Madison Avenue had a lot of swagger then, but the advertising world isnt quite what it was gone are the days of three martini lunches and sex in the office.
Cottrell says that culture seems like a more accurate portrayal of Wall Street bankers.
Brandon Andrew, head of the NAACP political action committee, was named one of the top 35 Republicans to watch and was feted at the Mad Men-themed reception.
Andrew said he hadnt considered the strange image of a black man being honored at a party with a theme about those last days of a segregated industry.
When I think about the party theme, its not the first thing that would come to mind for me, Andrew said. Most people look at the Mad Men theme about the style of dress and ... of course the other things that are unsavory and are blemishes on that period.
I would honestly think that women would have more of an issue and a legitimate gripe, as opposed to minorities, he said.