About: Jeff Nilsson

Jeff Nilsson Jeff Nilsson is the director of Post archives. He is a specialist in American history, with graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin, University of New Mexico, and Eastern Michigan University. He writes weekly features for the website. Contact Jeff at j.nilsson@satevepost.org.

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Vintage Auto Ads: Cadillac

Long before the Cadillac Motor Company was known for making the luxury cars that embodied American opulence, the company was known for its exceptional engineering.... More

Lessons in Hype from P.T. Barnum

Hyperbole, spin, and image. You think hucksters are bad now? Learn how P.T. Barnum created a media circus that turned a relatively unknown opera singer... More

Vintage Auto Ads: Oldsmobile

See how the Oldsmobile changed. From the company’s beginning to its end, the automaker published ads in The Saturday Evening Post for nearly 100 years.... More

Vintage Auto Ads: Chrysler

From fuselage style to the introduction of the Hemi, Chrysler was an innovator throughout the 20th century. Gorgeous Chrysler car ads from the pages of... More

A Captured General Goes Free

How General Wainwright, WWII American hero held in Japanese POW camp, ended up on the USS Missouri to witness Japan’s surrender. ... More

The Great Berlin Escapes

The world was stunned when the East German government began building a massive wall to imprison its people 54 years ago. But thousands refused to... More

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Vintage Auto Ads: Ford

A look back at the evolution of Ford automobiles, through the advertisements that appeared in the pages of The Saturday Evening Post.... More

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What’s the Matter with College?

Higher education draws as much media attention, and criticism, as other big businesses. Articles from the Post archive reveal the institution’s critics have been around... More

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