The Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum is honoring Coshocton’s advertising art history in a special exhibit, Advertising Art of Coshocton, opening September 23rd to December 31st. The exhibit features specialty-advertising items made in Coshocton from the 1890s through the 1950s.
The city of Coshocton was for many years the nation’s leading manufacturer of advertising art, shipping products worldwide. Lithographs on tin and paper, signs of every description, trays, calendars and celluloid novelties advertised every kind of business, particularly breweries, soft drink manufacturers, ice cream factories, tobacco companies, and distilleries. Considered the birth-place of advertising art, Coshocton was once second only to New York City in the number of artists residing in our town compared to the rest of the country.
Curators of the exhibit, William Carlisle and Joe Kreitzer, have been researching and collecting advertising art from Coshocton for over 35 years. The exhibition includes pieces from Tuscarora Advertising Co., Standard Advertising Co., The Novelty Advertising Co., Meek & Beach Co., The American Art Works, W.F. Smith Co., and more! Advertising Art of Coshocton is sponsored by Auer Ace Hardware and the Ohio Arts Council.
Support for this exhibit has been provided by Auer Ace Hardware. The Ohio Arts Council also helped fund this exhibit with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.