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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Ads we'll never see again

These have been circulating around the internet. You think advertisements are offensive today? Ha! They ain't got nothin' on the ads of yesteryear! Take a gander at some of these beauties.

Of course you'll never see an ad like this in urban areas. But they're all over the place in Middle America.

Finally, I don't know if I would classify this as offensive... but I thought it was hilarious.


  1. I needed a good laugh this morning -- thanks! Love the dead spider!

    Have a good one.

  2. I've seen a lot of them before but this is the first time I've seen the tapeworm one. Ew ew ew! I can't believe that was a real thing lol.

    The Raid one is hilarious! I haven't seen that before :)

  3. I'm laughing even though some of these make me uncomfortable. Good thing there are women in advertising these days!

  4. We've come a long way baby, eh? I once saw an old ad for a tooth product containing cocaine.

  5. What a hoot! Does that really say Sanitized TAPE WORMS???!!!

  6. These were so funny. I shared with my daughter regarding BLATZ Beer as she has a three week old baby. . .The baby isn't colicky, mother just hasn't bought her case of beer yet! LOL

  7. Wow, how funny!!! The tape worm ad really gave me the heebie-jeebies, but the Raid one was hilarious!

  8. I had an old magazine with an ad for a brand of toothpaste with radium compounds in it..(mid 1920s)

  9. I'm amazed. I have to wonder how they ever got away with some of this stuff. Much of it is downright sexist and disgusting! Having grown up with 4 sisters and a mom and having 3 daughters and a wife, I've been more influenced by females my entire life than men. Whoever made these ads didn't know women very well! My wife's grandmother was a riveter for one of the fighter plane companies during WW2 and my wife's mom was a pilot! (I did like the next to last one, though. Definitely a great Christmas present! Hehe...)
    --Fred in AZ

  10. I've seen them before but they always make me laugh. The spider one is great!

    Yes the tape worm pill was real and prescribed by doctors. And how can a study of only recent years prove that the younger you are started on cola the better you fit in as a teen? Haha! Asthma cigarettes!

    Makes you look at 'research' and 'studies' today and wonder what we'll be shocked in the future at what is recommended.

    At least the 'Fags' ad wasn't trying to tell you how good they were for your health.


  11. The baby cola ad looks like a shop job. The others from the 60s and 70s look legit (yes, I'm that old.)

    I guess I'm not the only one who doubts the cola ad, either:


  12. memories of time gone by - Im a 1950s kid - times have SURE changed