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Publicity photo portrait of Rod Serling for the premiere of the television program The Twilight Zone.

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Author CBS Television via the Bureau of Industrial Service. During the 1950s and 1960s, television networks, program sponsors and studios often used either advertising or public relations agencies to distribute publicity materials. The Bureau was a division of ad agency Young & Rubicam.
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current01:30, 23 September 2012Thumbnail for version as of 01:30, 23 September 2012522 × 667 (83 KB)We hope (talk | contribs)better tone
01:13, 27 March 2012Thumbnail for version as of 01:13, 27 March 2012522 × 667 (88 KB)We hope (talk | contribs)Photo has been cropped and auto corrected. Previous upload was to establish dating, source and that there are no copyright marks on it.
01:12, 27 March 2012Thumbnail for version as of 01:12, 27 March 20121,040 × 728 (113 KB)We hope (talk | contribs){{Information |Description=Publicity photo portrait of Rod Serling for the premiere of the television program ''The Twilight Zone''. |Source=[
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