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Douglas Leigh Papers, 1903-1999

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Series 10: Billboard Project Files , 1929-1997
(Box 1, 6, 14-25, BV 33; 5.0 linear feet)

This series consists primarily of 29 scrapbooks and photographs documenting the development of billboard advertising projects, including Leigh's inventions of the Leigh-EPOK Electric Display Board and the Tri-Vision Billboard. Also found are notes, letters, interview transcripts, clippings, miscellaneous printed material, and individual product files. Scrapbooks have been consecutively numbered within this series. Scrapbooks containing material concerning multiple products appear before those concerning individual products. Leigh referred to his billboards as "Spectaculars" because they often were illuminated or displayed mechanized animation.
This series is arranged chronologically within each project, with the exception of 10.2: General Photographs, which has been arranged according to subject matter, and 10.5: Individual Billboard Product Files, which has been arranged alphabetically. The series is divided into 5 subseries:
  • 10.1: General Notes, 1934-1997
  • 10.2: General Photographs, 1929-1996
  • 10.3: Leigh-EPOK Electric Display Board, 1966-1993
  • 10.4: Billboard Scrapbooks for Miscellaneous Products, 1933-1977
  • 10.5: Individual Billboard Product Files, 1936-1980
Billboard project files are on reels 5843-5845.
10.1: General Notes, 1934-1997
Description Container
Chronologies of Spectaculars, 1993-1996
1
64
Miscellaneous Ideas for Spectaculars, n.d.
1
65
Miscellaneous Ideas for Spectaculars, 1934
1
66
Miscellaneous Ideas for Spectaculars, 1941
1
67
Miscellaneous Ideas for Spectaculars, 1945
1
68
Miscellaneous Ideas for Spectaculars, 1946
6
1
Miscellaneous Ideas for Spectaculars, 1947
6
2
Miscellaneous Ideas for Spectaculars (see Box 14), 1948
6
3
Miscellaneous Ideas for Spectaculars, 1949-1950
6
4
Miscellaneous Ideas for Spectaculars (see Box 14), 1951
6
5
Miscellaneous Ideas for Spectaculars, 1952
6
6
Miscellaneous Ideas for Spectaculars, 1953
6
7
Miscellaneous Ideas for Spectaculars, 1954-1985
6
8
Statistics and Photos Concerning Sign Locations, 1945-1997
6
9
Map of Columbus Circle Area (see Box 14), 1946
6
10
Oversized Drawings of Ideas for Spectaculars and Map of Columbus Circle , 1946-1951
14
1
10.2: General Photographs, 1929-1996
Description Container
Ideas for Spectaculars, 1945-1947
6
11-12
Buildings in Atlanta, Georgia, 1996, n.d.
6
13
Boardwalk, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1937
6
14
Buildings in Chicago, Illinois, 1958-1973
6
15
112 Madison Avenue, Detroit, Michigan, 1945
6
16
Buildings in Los Angeles, California, 1948-1965
6
17-18
New York City Skyline (see Box 14), 1959, n.d.
6
19
Times Square, New York City (see also Box 14), 1929-1980
6
20-31
Columbus Circle, New York City (see also Box 14), 1934-1963
6
32-39
Sixth Avenue and Radio City, New York City, 1942-1961
6
40
Bryant Park, New York City, 1929-1950
6
41
Wurlitzer Building (120 W 42nd), New York City, 1950-1970
6
42
522 Fifth Avenue, New York City, 1955-1961
6
43
40 Wall Street, New York City, 1975
6
44
Statue of Liberty, New York City, 1942
6
45
Miscellaneous Buildings, New York City, 1940-1970
6
46
Miscellaneous buildings, Brooklyn, New York, 1940-1943
6
47
Miscellaneous Buildings, Queens and The Bronx, 1940-1943
6
48
Oakland, California Skyline, n.d.
6
49
Unidentified U. S. cities, n.d.
6
50
Miscellaneous Foreign Cities (see also Box 14, 1966, n.d.
6
51-52
Tri-Vision Billboard Photographs of Fabrication, ca. 1962
6
53
Oversized Photographs of New York City, 1945-1949
  • Canada Dry Sign
  • Chevrolet Sign
  • Planters Peanuts Sign
  • 2 Views of Times Square
  • Coca-Cola Sign
  • Columbus Circle
14
1
Oversized Photograph of a Building in Moscow, Russia, n.d.
14
1
10.3: Leigh-EPOK Electric Display Board, 1966-1993
Description Container
Leigh-EPOK Notebook with 5 Photos, 1966-1967
6
54
Animation Inventory Lists, 1991-1993
6
55
Photographs of Signs and Performers, ca. 1966-1967
6
56
Brochures About the Leigh-EPOK Sign, ca. 1966-1967
6
57
Booklet About the Leigh-EPOK Sign, ca. 1966-1967
6
58
10.4: Billboard Scrapbooks for Miscellaneous Products, 1933-1977
Billboard Scrapbook 8 includes a photo of Joan Crawford; Billboard Scrapbook 9 includes a photo of cartoonist Otto Soglow; Billboard Scrapbook 10 includes photos of dancers Bill Robinson and the De Marcos; and Billboard Scrapbook 16 includes a photo of Sophia Loren.
Description Container
Billboard Scrapbook 1 (see BV 33), 1933-1964
6
59
Billboard Scrapbooks 2-3 (Highlights of the Spectaculars)(see Box 15), 1934-1966
6
60
Billboard Scrapbooks 4-5 (Highlights of the Spectaculars)(see Box 16), 1945-1977
6
61
Billboard Scrapbook 6 (see also Box 14), 1934-1941
6
62-64
Billboard Scrapbooks 9-11 (see Box 18), 1938-1952
6
65
Billboard Scrapbooks 12-15 (see Box 19), 1950-1965
6
66
Billboard Scrapbooks 16-17 (see Box 20), 1962-1963
6
67
Billboard Scrapbook 18 , 1966
6
68
Billboard Scrapbook 19 (see Box 20), 1967
6
69
Oversized Billboard Scrapbook 1 (Highlights of the Spectaculars), 1933-1964
BV 33
Oversized Poster from Billboard Scrapbook 6, 1934-1941
14
2
Oversized Billboard Scrapbook 2 (Highlights of the Spectaculars), 1934-1966
15
1
Oversized Billboard Scrapbook 3 (Highlights of the Spectaculars), 1937-1966
15
2
Oversized Billboard Scrapbook 4 (Highlights of the Spectaculars), 1945-1966
16
1
Oversized Billboard Scrapbook 5 (Highlights of the Spectaculars), 1962-1977
16
2
Oversized Billboard Scrapbook 7 , 1935-1939
17
1
Oversized Billboard Scrapbook 8, 1936-1937
17
2
Oversized Billboard Scrapbook 9, 1938-1947
18
1
Oversized Billboard Scrapbook 10, 1944-1946
18
2
Oversized Billboard Scrapbook 11, 1951-1952
18
3
Oversized Billboard Scrapbook 12, 1950
19
1
Oversized Billboard Scrapbook 13, 1955-1956
19
2
Oversized Billboard Scrapbook 14, 1955-1965
19
3
Oversized Billboard Scrapbook 15, 1961
19
4
Oversized Billboard Scrapbook 16, 1962
20
1
Oversized Billboard Scrapbook 17, 1963
20
2
Oversized Billboard Scrapbook 19, 1967
20
3
Oversized Billboard Scrapbook 20, Camel Cigarettes , 1941-1947
21
1
Oversized Billboard Scrapbook 21, Camel Cigarettes , 1948-1950
21
2
Duplicate Photographs from Scrapbooks , circa 1950s
14
10
10.5: Individual Billboard Product Files, 1936-1980
Billboard Scrapbook 25 includes photographs of Broadway performers Joan McCracken, June Havoc, Bambi Linn, and the De Marcos; Wilson Whiskey Billboard Scrapbook 27 includes a photograph of Joan Crawford.
Description Container
Aqua Net Hairspray Photographs, 1936
6
70
Ballantine's Beer Photographs, 1936
6
71
Black Horse Ale Photographs of Sign (see also Box 14), 1944
6
72
BOAC Airlines Photographs, 1955
6
73
Bond Clothes Photographs (see also Box 14), 1949
6
74
Borden's Instant Coffee Photograph, ca. 1960s
6
75
Braniff Airlines Photograph of Sign Installation, 1964
6
76
Brim Freeze-Dried Coffee Photograph, ca. 1950s
6
77
Bulova Watches Photographs, ca. 1950s
6
78
Camel Cigarettes, Photographs, 1942-1951
6
79-80
Canada Tourism, Photographs, 1960
6
81
Chevrolet Automobiles, Photographs (see also Box 14), n.d.
7
1
Cleopatra Movie Sign, Photographs of Executives Lighting Sign, 1963
7
2
Coca-Cola, Photographs and World's Fair Material, 1963
7
3-4
Contac Cold Remedy, Photograph, ca. 1960s
7
5
Eveready Batteries, Photographs (see Box 22), 1949-1950
7
6
Flamingo Foods, Photographs (see Box 14), 1951-1952
7
7-13
General Electric Iron, Artwork for Billboard, 1960s
7
14
Gordon's Gin/ Haig Scotch Whisky, Photographs, 1964-1967
7
15-16
Grand Union Grocery Store, Photographs, ca. 1955
7
17
Hennessy Cognac, Photographs, 1955
7
18
Kool Cigarettes, Photograph, ca. 1950s-1960s
7
19
Mattel Toys, Photographs, 1964
7
20
Museum of Science and Industry, Photograph, 1944
7
21
Nassau Tourism, Photographs, 1960-1961
7
22
N W Bank, Blueprints of Design for Sign, ca. 1940s
7
23
Pepsi-Cola, Scripts for Animation of Pepsi EPOK in Tokyo, ca. 1950s-1960s
7
24-25
REM Cold Remedy, Photographs, 1945-1948
7
26
Rheingold Beer, Photographs, ca. 1940s-1960s
7
27
Salem Cigarettes, Notes and Photographs, ca. 1960
7
28
Savarin Coffee, Photograph, ca. 1940s
7
29
Schaefer Beer, Photographs, 1945-1947
7
30
Scripto Pens, Photograph and Press Release, ca. 1940s-1960s
7
31
Sunbeam Vacuum Cleaner, Photographs, 1957
7
32
TDK Recording Tape, Photograph, 1980
7
33
Teacher's Scotch Whisky, Photograph, ca. 1940s-1960s
7
34
Time, Life, Sports Illustrated Magazines, Loose Photographs from Billboard Scrapbook 26 (see Box 24), 1957-1958
7
35
WABC Broadcasting, Photographs, ca. 1940s
7
36
War Bonds, Photographs, ca. 1943
7
37
Wilson Whiskey Loose Photographs, Scrapbook 27 (see Box 24), 1940-1942
7
38
Winston Cigarettes, Photographs, 1974
7
39
WNBC Broadcasting, Photograph, ca. 1940s-1960s
7
40
WOR Broadcasting, Photographs, 1945-1946
7
41
Wrigley's Gum, Photograph of sign, ca. 1950s-1960s
7
42
Oversized Photographs of Individual Product Signs , 1944-1958
  • Black Horse Ale
  • Bond
  • Clothes
  • Chevrolet
  • Flamingo
  • Pepsi-Cola
14
3
Eveready Batteries, Billboard Scrapbook 22, 1949-1950
22
1
Pepsi-Cola, Billboard Scrapbook 23, 1955-1956
22
2
REM, Billboard Scrapbook 24, 1945-1948
23
1
REM, Billboard Scrapbook 25, 1945-1947
23
2
Time, Life, Sports Illustrated Magazines, Billboard Scrapbook 26, 1957-1958
24
1
Wilson Whiskey, Billboard Scrapbook 27, 1940
24
2
Wilson Whiskey, Billboard Scrapbook 28, Aug-Nov 1940
25
1
Wilson Whiskey, Billboard Scrapbook 29, 1941-1942
25
2

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