25 Vintage Ads That Would Be Banned Today
Even though you may deny it, it won’t change the fact that you are living in a world created by marketers. Advertising is a powerful force shaping attitudes and behavior since the beginning of the 20th century when it got into radio, and then into television in the late 1940s.
With great power comes great responsibility – but try telling it to someone working in advertising field in the early 20th Century. Even today, advertising is far away from being in conformity with high moral standards, but after looking back to some offensive, racist and sexist vintage ads – today’s ads are as good as gold.
Besides being discriminating, vintage ads were also full of lies. Interesting fact – the first American advertising to use a sexual sell was created by a woman – for a soap product.
Whether we like it or not, it is a piece of history worth seeing for everyone. Enjoy these 25 offensive vintage ads, and as always – don’t forget to tell us what you think.
1. The Harder A Wife Works, The Cuter She Looks!
2. Men Ask “Is She Pretty?” Not “Is She Clever?”
3. Doesn’t Your Mama Wash You With Fairy Soap?
4. Use “Chlorinol” And Be Like De White Nigger
5. Cocaine Toothache Drops
6. Keep Her Where She Belongs…
7. Cochon Prodigue
8. Show Her It’s A Man’s World
9. That’s What Wives Are For!
10. Youngest Customers In The Business
11. Start Cola Earlier!
(update: this ad is fake. Thanks Amy K.!)
12. Don’t Worry Darling, You Didn’t Burn The Beer!
13. Men Are Better Than Women!
14. If Your Husband Ever Finds Out..
15. More Doctors Smoke Camels
16. More Doctors Smoke Camels #2
17. Blow In Her Face
18. Begin Early.Shave Yourself
19. It’s Nice To Have A Girl Around The House
20. Because Innocence Is Sexier Than You Think
Update: @Thomas: морс (or mors) is actually a non-alcoholic juice, pretty close to cranberry juice
22. Smoking Santa
23. Merry Christmas For Every Smoker!
24. StayDry Panties!
25. Is It Always Illegal To Kill A Woman?
+26. SEGA: The More You Play The Harder It Gets
You sit there, eyes glued to the writhing, arcade-quality graphics, pulling and squeezing your knob…
Now you can play with yourself for hours with SEGA’s hand held, full colour games system…
Question: would you like seeing such ads in today’s television and press?