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You'll Be Shocked When You See What These Vintage Ads Were Promoting

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You'll Be Shocked When You See What These Vintage Ads Were Promoting

As American realist author and literary critic William Dean Howells once famously said "There will presently be no room in the world for things; it will be filled up with the advertisements of things."

Advertising makes the world go around. It's estimated that on any given day in the developed world, you're exposed to the Coke logo a minimum of 5 times in a mere 24 hours.

What a scary statistic that is.

As shows like Mad Men & movie such as The Greatest Movie Ever Sold have highlighted, the power of advertising allows brands to influence our childhood desires & adult choices - and they do so each with their own unique personality, tone and aesthetic.


There's a reason McDonalds spends $2,000,000,000 a year on advertising to get you to consume their Big Macs and convince you "I'm Lovin' It" whether you do or not.

As political correctness has evolved and the gender inequality gap has narrowed - advertisers have also adapted and moved with the times. The idea is to appeal to the masses after all, not alienate or give them cause to view your company in a negative light.

You could almost say that advertising is merely mirroring what society (by and large) deems as an acceptable reflection of their views. Which is why we've selected 20 genuine adverts from several decades ago to feature.

Today they'd ALL be banned today for their unappealing sexist, racist, controversial and politically incorrect slogans, undertones and strap lines. It's truly amazing that these were even in circulation and considered the norm just a few decades ago.

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It's certainly hard to pick just one, but you were put on the spot - which do you find the most offensive?

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