Here are some old advertising ads that are way out of their element today. Some of them made me cringe. Some are definitely racist and sexist. But there are some funny ones as well.
I don’t know how they got away with it back then, but it was another time and context is everything, right?
Of course I don’t condone any of it for a second. I just think it makes for an interesting journey into our past to see how far we have come as a society.
Cocaine Toothache Drops
Again, this is wrong on many different levels. Shows that the pear soap can turn a dark skin into white.
Tasteless Chill Tonic
A disgusting ad with a pig body and human head
The Begining Of Skin Bleaching
YIKES! Using the N word in an ad about skin bleaching.
Washer & Dryer Machine Ad
Another sexist ad showing a woman doing laundry as the figure to sell a washer & dryer.
The Plucky Little Jap
Back then when Americans called the Japanese, “Japs” which is a very derogatory/taboo’d term nowadays
Kaiser Mustache Trainer
A classic Budweiser ad using women as the main object of display
A doctor shouldn’t be endorsing cigarettes to begin with…
Another ad for Aunt Jemima’s pancakes.
Health Jolting Chair
An ad of an unusual chair, that supposedly claims to be good for your body nutritionally?
Still Beating Your Wife?
What kind of monster is behind this ad?
Where Women Belong
We’re not really sure what this ad is trying to say, but one this is for sure, women don’t belong on the floor.
There’s Always One Across The Street!
Yup, just like today.. Starbucks chains are EVERYWHERE.
Married? There’s no reason to neglect stockings.
This is a computer?
Data Comp computer ad displaying a woman not knowing what the machine is.
Cream Of Wheat
A McDonalds ad portraying an African-American family enjoying a meal @ McDonalds.
A Paint Company
An extremely racist paint ad…. picture says it all.
Mild & Smooth
This ad is selling a cigarette brand & portraying a smooth skinned woman in an effort to demonstrate their “Mild & Smooth” slogan.
Iver Johnson Revolver
A gun ad showing a young child holding a revolver to display the fact that an “accidental discharge is impossible”
Post Grape Nuts
A Fat-shaming ad. Portraying the “ideal” size figure for women in attempt to sell a healthy food product.
A Man’s World
An obvious portrayal of male dominance.
A HouseWife’s Guide
A sexist ad with a very sexual orientation on teaching housewives how to play with themselves using household items.
Apparently the message is looking at the whiskey will make a man smile… even for a picture.
The Vanishing American
A racial ad against Native Americans.
$ Million Question
The answer to this question is yes. It is always illegal to kill a woman or a man.
Heavy Duty Cleaner!
Selling a vacuum cleaner with a woman as the spokesperson. Of course this is a blatantly sexist ad that portrays that the housewives are the determined cleaners of the house. But it wasn’t sexist back then when women were the determined cleaners of the house. The only thing that makes it sexist is society has changed over time, so that today it would be sexist if a vacuum cleaner company ran an ad like that.
An ad for a cigarettes. Their selling point is that they’ll make you love it so much you’ll never want to stop or switch to another brand!
Jungle Print Shirts
Sexist ad with Jungle woman holding up the man like he’s a King.
Who doesn’t love an ad with awful humor and sexist undertones?
Nothing says family entertainment like a sexually suggestive ad. Great Job Sega!
The extra careful precaution against Bad breath. “you can lose him in a minute” if you have bad breathe.
A Beauty Mask
This is totally an overkill of an invention.
Sega Game Gear
A funny, but very inappropriate ad for a game console don’t ya think?
Dont Get Middle-Age Skin
Who would have guessed the key to a lasting marriage was Palmolive?
Buy Your Guns
A gun ad showing everyone in the family, yes even children holding rifles… on a cozy holiday greeting card.
Free For Chubbies
They used to use the world “Chubby” so lightly. Call a girl chubby today and you’ll get a black eye.
Little Katie’s Chewing Tabacco
This vintage ad is banned for one clear reason. Using a child as the spokesperson for chewing Tabacco.
If Youtube Existed Before Our Time
Life might be different today.
This is one finger lickin’ main course. Oh the sexual innuendos of using a female’s figure as an object to sell their movie.
A Girl Around The House
Sexism and animal cruelty all in one ad. No amount of explaining that will make this look okay.
Who knew they had ads for this kind of stuff, or that they needed them.
Because men are better than women!
General Electric Sink
A racial ad with a black woman as a cleaning lady.
Santa endorsing camels. A merry christmas for every smoker in town! Ho Ho ho!
A racial ad with these blacks as servants to the white. Looks like white guys in black face.
This ad looks totally irrelevant. A racial ad of a black person eating fried chicken as a spokesman for a cooking stove.
The White Man’s soap teaching you the virtues of cleanliness.
Say “Women Are Irritating” On Demand
An advertisement degrading women and categorizing them as “annoying” while selling aTelevision set targeted towards men. This is COMCAST!
Doctors Love Camels!
The fact that Camel was endorsed by doctors is absolutely ridiculous.
Back in the days, they advertised cigarettes as a consumable that is “good” for your throat or even “Doctor’s recommended”.
Don’t Worry! It’s A Safety Razor
An infant with a razor blade… This ad just screams safe!
Holy crap! A cigarette ad suggesting low birth weight are a target of good health.
Now with extra large snack sack! A very blatant inappropriate ad in an attempt to sell men’s pants.
He’ll go, he’ll go!
All you have to do is cry. Not a lot. Just a little. LOL
Celery – Nature’s toothbrush
YIKES! How on Lucifer’s black beach did they get away with an ad like that?
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