Vintage Ads That Couldn’t Be Released Today

by Lourn Eidal \\

Marketing and advertising are powerful forces that have shaped our attitudes and behavior since the early 1800s when this content started appearing in newspapers, and then the early 1940s when it was showing up on television broadcasts.

You would think that advertising execs would be more responsible using this power, but this isn’t the case. Advertising has never upheld moral standards very well. Looking back at ads from the past, you might be shocked by the choices that were made. Frankly, some of it is downright funny, too. Some are sexist, some are racist, and some are simply peppered with lies.

Here is a brief look of some outrageous ads from the past.