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Photos: Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, and More Donate MAD MEN Props to Smithsonian

With the final episodes of AMC's Emmy Award-winning drama MAD MEN, the team has found a new home for the show's props.

Including historically-accurate pieces such as Lucky Strike cigarettes, authentic alcoholic beverage bottles, as well as a slew of costume pieces, a collection of the artifacts has been donated to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Stars Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks, and John Slattery attended the official donation ceremony along with creator Matthew Weiner and AMC president Charlie Collier. Check out photos of the event below!

MAD MEN is an American period drama television series created by Matthew Weiner. The series premiered on July 19, 2007 on the American cable network AMC and is produced by Lionsgate Television. The seventh and final season consists of 14 episodes that are split into two seven-episode installments, airing in 2014 and 2015. The second half of the final season will premiere on April 5, 2015.

MAD MEN is set in the 1960s, initially at the fictional Sterling Cooper advertising agency on Madison Avenue in New York City, and later at the newly created firm, Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce (later Sterling Cooper & Partners), located nearby in the Time-Life Building, at 1271 Sixth Avenue. According to the show's pilot, the phrase "Mad men" was a slang term coined in the 1950s by advertisers working on Madison Avenue to refer to themselves, a claim that has since been disputed. The focal point of the series is Don Draper (Jon Hamm), initially the talented creative director at Sterling Cooper and later a founding partner at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, and the people in his personal and professional lives. The plot focuses on the business of the agencies as well as the personal lives of the characters, regularly depicting the changing moods and social mores of the United States across the 1960s, starting Season 1 in March 1960 and moving through 1969 by Season 7.

Since its premiere, MAD MEN has received widespread critical acclaim for its historical authenticity, visual style, costume design, acting, writing, and directing, and has won many awards, including 15 Emmys and four Golden Globes. It is the first basic cable series to win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, winning it in each of its first four seasons. In 2013, TV Guide ranked it 21st in its list of the sixty greatest dramas of all time, and it was ranked seventh in a list of the 101 best-written TV series of all time by the Writers Guild of America.

Source/Photo credit: Smithsonian


Glasses from Don Draper's bar cart with Draper's business cards and Lucky Strikes (National Museum of American History)


Don Draper's signature grey suit and fedora from Season 7 (National Museum of American History)


Betty Draper Francis's dress from Season 1 (national Museum of American History)


John Slattery, Christina Hendricks, Jon Hamm (Jaclyn Nash, National Museum of American History) (


Jon Hamm (Jaclyn Nash, National Museum of American History)


MAD MEN relics donated to the Smithsonian (Jaclyn Nash, National Museum of American History)


Charlie Collier, John Slattery, Christina Hendricks, Jon Hamm, Matthew Weiner (Richard Strauss, National Museum of American History)


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