Vintage ads that would be banned today! 2



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Before television and radio, print advertising was the way companies got brand recognition and created hype convincing customers to buy their products. They did this through quirky and creative ads capturing audiences, showing that their brand is what people need and want.

Now days there are many complaints made to companies arguing that their ads are objectifying women or offensive.

For the companies that are accused there is no where to hide with social media and so called ‘key board warriors’ attacking them for their poor taste.

Can you just imagine what would happen if they saw the degrading ads of the past?

We searched the internet for some of the worst ads from the 1920s to the 1970s and a lot of them left us pretty shocked!

There are ads from the 70’s claiming that, “innocence is sexier than you think” and others from the 20’s which suggest men don’t care if you are clever they just want to know if you are pretty.

If these were portrayed as ads now there would be swarms of complaints about the objectification of women and stereotypes of women as house maids who don’t leave the kitchen and men as the money bringers who should be glorified.

Take a look through the gallery below and tell us, do you think they are offensive or are we just too soft these days?

Can you think of any ads from your childhood that wouldn’t be acceptable today?

Palmolive 1920s

VINTAGE ADVERTISING ►► 1914 ad for Palmolive soap. Interesting insight into early 20th century attitudes about…

Posted by Wabash Memories on Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Kelloggs 1930s

Kelloggs ad from the 1930s

Posted by History needs you on Friday, October 25, 2013

Cola 1950s

Vintage ad of the day: You can’t start cola early enough!

Posted by Ads of the World on Sunday, August 4, 2013

Chase and Stanborn Coffee 1950s

Can you believe this vintage ad for Chase and Sanborn coffee? #ThrowbackThursday

Posted by Six Degrees Marketing Group on Thursday, February 11, 2016

Van Heusen 1950s

This Van Heusen ad is from 1952 and it says “4 out of 5 men want Oxfords…in these new Van Heusen styles.”

Posted by Cliff Malloy on Sunday, February 28, 2010

This is not specific to WV, but I thought my followers might still enjoy this national ad for Van Heusen “man’s world” ties from the 1950s. It definitely puts the ‘b’ in “subtle.” #Vintage #America

Posted by Vintage West Virginia on Tuesday, September 29, 2015

To go with this week’s new video, we at Scotch Tape Productions found a bunch of these ridiculous vintage ads for Van…

Posted by Scotch Tape Productions on Thursday, March 14, 2013

Lux Soap 1954

Australian magazine ad from 1954.

Posted by Vintage Cinema Ads on Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Camel cigarette’s 1959

VINTAGE ADVERTISING ►► 1959 ad for Camel cigarettes. How times have changed!

Posted by Wabash Memories on Saturday, March 1, 2014

Tipalet cigarettes 1960s

Great and Funny Vintage Ads – Tipalet “Blow in her face and she’ll follow you anywhere!” lol #vintageads #marketing

Posted by Digital Guerilla on Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Ketchup 1960s

#ThrowBackThursday to this vintage ad, which now is completely ridiculous! We say Cheers to girl power, and being able to open ketchup bottles without any help from anyone!

Posted by The Magic Garden on Thursday, December 4, 2014

Hoover 1960s

Vintage Christmas Hoover Ad

Posted by VINTAGE VORTEX on Monday, December 21, 2015

Hardee’s 1960s

“We all know a woman’s place is in the home, cooking a man a delicious meal. But, if you’re still enjoying the bachelor’…

Posted by Mumblety on Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Volkswagon 1964

Check out this vintage 1964 Volkswagen USA ad! #ThrowbackThursday

Posted by on Thursday, February 6, 2014

Baby Soft 1970s

One of the creepiest ads of all time, this 1970s-era mind-blower for Love’s Baby Soft features a pre-pubescent girl…

Posted by Can’t write this shit for TV on Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Weyenberg Shoes 1974

3 Sexist Ads from the 50s – 70s (via Business Insider)

Posted by 3List on Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Lysol (undated)

Wanna stay happily married?? Use Lysol! (an OLD vintage ad)

Posted by David W. Smith on Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Fairy Soap (undated)

Vintage ad that would be banned today:”WHY DOESN”T YOUR MAMA WASH YOU WITH FAIRY SOAP?”

Posted by ‎Old is Gold أيــــــام زمان‎ on Tuesday, November 26, 2013

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  1. Hilariously non-politically-correct! They’d all cause a furor today, wouldn’t they!

  2. Worth a laugh! Some are really disgusting! I do remember the Van Heusen shirt ads from the 50s. And as for the woman laying on the floor cuddling her Christmas present Hoover………I am speechless!

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