The professional and personal lives of those who work in advertising on Madison Avenue - self-coined "mad men" - in the 1960s are presented. The stories focus on those at one of the avenue's smaller firms, Sterling Cooper, and its various incarnations over the decade. At the heart of these stories is Donald Draper, the creative genius of the company. That professional creative brilliance belies the fact of a troubled childhood, one that he would rather forget and not let anyone know about except for a select few, but one that shaped who he is as an adult and as an ad man in the need not only to sell products but sell himself to the outside world. His outward confidence also masks many insecurities as evidenced through his many vices, such as excessive smoking, drinking and womanizing - the latter despite being a family man - and how he deals with the aftermath of some of the negative aspects of his life.
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According to an October 2013 article in Esquire Magazine, one of makeup artist Lana Horochowski
's responsibilities was to make sure that Jon Hamm was clean shaven at all times. Hamm's facial hair grows exceptionally fast, and, during long shooting days, it would regrow to the point that stubble would become visible on camera. It wasn't unusual for Horochowski to have to shave Hamm three times during the course of one day of filming. In response to this revelation, Dr. Peter Hino, a dermatologist, cautioned viewers not to try shaving multiple times a day in emulation of Hamm, as it could prove irritating/damaging to the skin of a man with an average rate of beard growth. See more
IBM Selectric IIs are shown used in the offices. They weren't available until the 1970s. Mad Men takes place in the 60s. See more
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