Times change, of course, but after viewing some of the ads from throughout the twentieth century featured below it’s hard to imagine what they were thinking even though 100 years was so very long ago.
One thing is for sure: it’s fascinating to see how parenting and the perception of it has changed throughout the years.
What stands out to me the most is how subtle advertising has become. It’s easy to look back and see how they obviously preyed upon mom guilt. Now, advertising is so sneaky sometimes it’s hard to know what’s an advertisement. Or is it? In 100 years are they going to look back on commercials from this decade and laugh at what suckers we were?
That said, I think my favorite slogan is the one that says “Before you scold me, Mom… Maybe you’d better light up a Marlboro.”
Okay, before I give it all away, here are 20 mind-blowing vintage ads from the past century. From a smoking Santa Claus to a baby guzzling “wholesome” soda, it’s all here.
Take a look:
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