Saturday, October 30, 2010

25 Vintage Ads That Would Be Banned Today

1. The Harder A Wife Works, The Cuter She Looks!

2. Men Ask “Is She Pretty?” Not “Is She Clever?”

3. Doesn’t Your Mama Wash You With Fairy Soap?

4. Use “Chlorinol” And Be Like De White Nigger

5. Cocaine Toothache Drops

6. Keep Her Where She Belongs…

7. Cochon Prodigue

8. Show Her It’s A Man’s World

9. That’s What Wives Are For!

10. Youngest Customers In The Business

11. Start Cola Earlier!

(update: this ad is fake. Thanks Amy K.!)

12. Don’t Worry Darling, You Didn’t Burn The Beer!

13. Men Are Better Than Women!

14. If Your Husband Ever Finds Out..

15. More Doctors Smoke Camels

16. More Doctors Smoke Camels #2

17. Blow In Her Face

18. Begin Early.Shave Yourself

19. It’s Nice To Have A Girl Around The House

20. Because Innocence Is Sexier Than You Think

21. MOPC

Update: @Thomas: морс (or mors) is actually a non-alcoholic juice, pretty close to cranberry juice

22. Smoking Santa

23. Merry Christmas For Every Smoker!

24. StayDry Panties!

25. Is It Always Illegal To Kill A Woman?

+26. SEGA: The More You Play The Harder It Gets

You sit there, eyes glued to the writhing, arcade-quality graphics, pulling and squeezing your knob…

Now you can play with yourself for hours with SEGA’s hand held, full colour games system…


  1. Good grief, these are awful.

  2. Autres temps, autres moeurs, though I reckon most of these would have been unacceptable in the British press in my lifetime (which covers a lot of ground).

  3. I agree..While some could be undersatood if one considers the context (like the cigarette ads), others like blatant sexism and mostly racism are beyond the pale even for the era.."Why doesn't your mum wash you with ..."'s so insulting that it hurts.

  4. These were fun to read. I thought ther most vicious one was the Ivory soap as of the white kid telling the other to asdk her mom to wash her with Ivory so she could be white too.

  5. Here's a few commercials you won't be seeing on TV anytime soon:

    The Flinstones selling cigarettes:

    And the Frito Bandito: