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Guide to the Bert Hansen Collection of Advertising Fans
circa early 20th century-circa 2003
 PR 438

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Collection processed by Ali Barr and Larry Weimer

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hansen, Bert, 1944-
Title: Bert Hansen collection of advertising fans
Dates [inclusive]: circa early 20th century-circa 2003
Abstract: The collection holds 114 advertising fans collected by historian and gay activist Bert Hansen. Represented in the collection are funeral homes (many of which are owned by African-Americans), drugstores, drug products, coal supply, retail stores, churches, printing services, and others. The fans are mostly undated but seem to range from the first half of the 20th century to the early 2000s. Most fans include religious, scenic, photographic, or other imagery. The later fans include public service messages and advocacy, as well as advertising.
Quantity: 1.26 Linear feet in 3 document boxes
Location: For more information on making arrangements to consult the collection, please visit
Language: The bulk of the documents in the collection are in English, wth a few in French and one in Spanish.
Call Phrase: PR 438