Times sure have changed. What was acceptable in advertising 50 years ago is no longer the case.
There’s no way any of these vintage ads would fly today and it’d probably spark outrage on Twitter if they ever aired or were published.
Nonetheless, it’s interesting to go back and check out vintage ads that’d be banned today to contrast and compare.
It’s kind of amazing how no one thought twice about Santa smoking a Lucky Strike cigarette back then. Who knows what would happen if that ran today.
Get ready for “Mad Men” nostalgia while browsing through this gallery of vintage ads. Some are a bit shocking, but hey, times were drastically different back then. Take a look.
1. Kellogg’s Pep Vitamins
2. N.K. Fairbank Co. Soap
3. Chase and Sanborn Coffee
4. Toothache Drops by Lloyd Mfg. Co.
5. Chlorinol Soda Bleaching
10. Lucky Strike
13. Van Heusen
14. Orange Crush Soda
16. Love Cosmetics
19. Drummond Sweaters
22. Pitney Bowes
24. Co-Le Sales Company
25. Grove’s Chill Tonic
27. Elliot Paint And Varnish
29. Captain Morgan
30. WD-40 (Unverified / Possibly Fake)
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