Sometimes, vintage ads are cool to look at. They can provide us a window into what was popular during a time we didn’t experience, or what people were interested in purchasing before we were around to hit the stores.
Other times, vintage advertisements are confusing and slightly terrifying. This is one of those times. If nothing else, these slightly shocking ads reveal just how sexist, racist, or generally inappropriate the world of advertising used to be. You know Mad Men, right? Well, there you go.
Besides being discriminating, vintage advertisements were also full of lies. Interesting fact – the first American ad to use a sexual sell was created by a woman for a soap product.
Keep scrolling to understand just how inappropriate these vintage advertisements really were.