Minneapolis got a nice little nod on “Mad Men” last night. At a CLIO advertising-awards ceremony, the long-lived T.C.-based ad agency Campbell Mithun “of Minneapolis” was announced as a competitor for a prize with Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce (SPOILER: SCDP wins, of course).Asked if he knew a backstory, Campbell Mithun’s current exec creative director and “Mad Men” fan Reid Holmes said he had no idea, but “it was an honor to be mentioned.” Holmes also pointed out that they would have needed an agency that’s been around since the ‘60s with a recognizable name, and Campbell Mithun, founded in 1933, is one of the few major agencies in the country still operating under some incarnation of its original name. It was also the most prominent agency west of (or on) the Mississippi at the time. All in keeping with MM creator Matthew Weiner's scrupulous attention to period detail.
UPDATE: Holmes wrote in that someone on Facebook did some research and found out that Campbell Mithun DID win a Clio that year (1965) for a 60-second spot titled "Gobbles Up Dirt" for Gold Seal Glass Wax Spray, art directed by Cy DeCosse, who went on to found his own agency four years later. Take that, New York.
Another local connection to MM: The sweet, age-appropriate Emmys dress worn last night by adorable Kiernan Shipka, who plays Sally Draper on the show, was made by Papo d'Anjo, the label of designer and Minneapolis native Catherine Connor Monteiro de Barros, whose warehouse is in St. Paul.