Mad Men promo in Times Square (pics)

 Posted by on July 25, 2008 at 1:20 pm  Season 2
Jul 252008

Hey everyone – thought you’d like to see what AMC is doing today in Times Square, right near my office.

They’ve got two ‘period’ people – a man and a woman – posing on the corner of 42nd & Broadway as human statues … pretty cool.  There’s also a couple of ‘period’ folks handing out Sterling-Cooper business cards promoting the S2 premier on Sunday night.

I got a cramp just looking at them.  Jump to view photos …


  15 Responses to “Mad Men promo in Times Square (pics)”

  1. Killing me. This is killing me.

    I commute from New Jersey to Times Square to Grand Central every day. Today I'm home (yaaaay!). All week people have been telling me about these guys in Grand Central, including on the S train that is wrapped.
    Every time I went, either to GS or to the train (which I took a few times this week even though I totally prefer the 7), I got nothing.

    I knew about this, somewhere awhile back I posted it would be happening (can't find it; sorry) and I f-ing missed it.

    Thanks for the pictures, though. Awesomness!

  2. I can't believe I don't get a business card.

    Still grumpy.

  3. You can download your own S-C business card here:

    Took the S yesterday and sat in the MM car, very cool.

  4. Too cool!

  5. Maybe it's just how the weather's been around here, but all I can think right now is that those actors (especially the ones in suit and tie) must be very hot.



  7. Sorry, the business cards shouldn't have a zip code. The USPS didn't introduce them until 1963. That was obvious. Area codes were certainly around, as was direct dialing (I think), so it's conceivable that the area code of 212 would be included, but most business cards of that period would have had only the Exchange name (or letters) plus the 5 digits, eg. MU 7-0700 (MU was the exchange for Murray Hill, and this was the number for Gimbel's department store's custom re-upholstery department.

  8. You're right about ZIP codes, and even when they were introduced, they were often omitted.

    The area code might have been included, but you're probably right about that too. Did you know that what city got what area code was determined by the length of the time it took the dial to return? Because it too seconds to dial higher numbers, so New York City got the fastest possible area code—212, and the next two most populous cities, Chicago and LA, got the two second-fastest—312 and 213 respectively. In general, cities got the 1 in the middle (617 was Boston, 415 was SF, 215 was Philly) and suburbs and rural areas got the 0 (201 for New Jersey, 203 for Connecticut).

    I know stupid shit.

    I remember the exchange letters. My grandparents were BE2 (Bensonhurst 2—same as the Kramdens on The Honeymooners).

  9. That's interesting with area codes. Funny how they ran out of 1's by the time they got to D.C., 202 which is important though maybe not as populated at the time.

  10. But you get the 2s.

    If you're old enough to remember dial phones, you'll realize exactly how inconvenient 202 or 617 is compared to 212.

  11. On the cards they handed out today in the Square, there was a zip (10017), but the phone number was period … DAyton 4-4692

    I was born in 1973, and I was probably 20 years old before I figured out what those names meant before people gave their phone numbers in old movies and such.

  12. I missed this?!?! ::insert expletives here::

  13. There was a review of the first two episodes of Season 2 on NPR this afternoon – it was, naturally, a positive review, although slightly spoilerish. I think the reviewer is Bob Mondello, you can probably look it up at

    Also, this morning on Marketplace, they talked Emmy noms with an editor of the Daily Variety, and it ended up being an ad for Mad Men – they talked about the historic nature of the nominations, and how TV is benefitting from the bad economy, since it's a less expensive way to get entertained. And they ended by reminding us that season 2 starts on Sunday!

  14. Correction: the reviewer was David Bianculli.

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