Ah, vintage advertisements. There’s nothing like ‘em — that is, if you’re in search of sexist, demeaning and downright confusing adverts. The following compilation is definitely all that — and then some.
The intriguing advertisements were compiled by All That Is Interesting and range from confusing to controversial, from hilarious to offensive. Yet, they are curious to scroll through, as they reveal past-time trends and attitudes which were socially acceptable just a handful of decades ago.
In one advertisement, it is declared that the best doctors smoke Camel cigarettes. Another advertisement for coffee reads,“…if he discovers you’re still taking chances on getting flat, stale coffee… woe be unto you! For today, there’s a sure and certain way to test for freshness before you buy.” The featured image shows a man “paddling” his wife’s backside…
One of the most peculiar ads is a baby using a Gillette Safety Razor, presumably to prove the point that the instruments are “safe.” Yet, it doesn’t beat the advertisement selling “exploding army hand grenades” for a mere $1 USD.
Not only do the advertisements reveal how far we’ve come as a society, they raise awareness about the fact that companies have been manipulating and swindling consumers for years. Fortunately, people are finally waking up to this truth and realizing that not everything advertising agencies tell them is true.
Following are 20+ bizarre vintage ads that will leave you scratching your head:
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