If you want to understand the history and culture of a particular place, looking through their older advertisements would be a great place to start. The advertisement is the glossy, pop cultural meeting point between supply and demand, where marketing pros make clear who they think is buying their product and for what reasons. And as these ads make apparent, marketers have drawn on just about anything to make potential customers' eyes stick. The advertisements featured below demonstrate the great social strides we have made since their publication, but also highlight the thinking that has helped shape our culture for centuries. From mustache trainers to whatever Chill's Tasteless Chill Tonic is, these vintage ads are sure to tickle you.
23 Vintage Ads That Would Be Banned Today | Bored Panda
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Selling Shame: 40 Outrageous Vintage Ads Any Woman Would Find Offensive
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In these vintage ads, a woman may be emitting a foul odor from any body part—her armpits, her mouth, her hair, her hands, her lady parts—but she never knows it until her husband is walking out the door, suitcase in hand. And what about her skin? According to such ads, she might drive that man away with her so-called coarse pores, old mouth, tan lines, zits, wrinkles, middle-age skin, hairy legs or lip, visible veins, or horror of all horrors, dishpan hands.