Now, if you were lucky enough to grow up during the days of vintage ads, let’s say like the 1940’s or 1960s, then you can probably tell how drastically advertising has changed over the years.
Marketers have become a lot more clever these days but there’s something about the nostalgia that surrounds certain vintage ads. You can’t even watch a video online nowadays without a pre-roll advertisement stuck to it, but hey that’s the world we live, and it’s not necessarily a bad world.
Most ads you see below certainly wouldn’t be acceptable today and for good reason. Nonetheless, it’s shocking yet helpful to see how far we’ve come in the world of advertising. It’s also interesting to note what was viewed as acceptable back then.
The “Golden Age of Advertising” might be behind us but it was truly a remarkable shakeup in the way brands communicate with customers.
These vintage ads may be shocking and offensive but the good news is they’re behind us.
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
WD-40 (Unverified / Possibly Fake)
Crazy how much has changed huh?! If you thought these were crazy, just wait until you check out these vintage ads for illegal drugs that were once used as medicine!
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