14 Offensive, Appalling Vintage Ads That Would Never Be Published Today

Many people find themselves wishing for the days of simplicity — otherwise known as the “good ‘ol days.” It is assumed that back in the day, people weren’t so overly sensitive and politically correct all the time. However, looking at some of these ads from the past, maybe they could have used a few filters.

Each of the following ads was actually published to promote various products resulting in mind-blowing disrespect towards animals, minorities, and women. Taking the whole “sex sells” idea to new levels, your jaw will drop when you see just what people were able to get away with.


14. A Surefire Way To Keep Your Wife In Tip-Top Shape

001-14-a-surefire-way-to-keep-your-wife-in-t-792666Nothing is worse for a woman than the knee and back pain that comes along with extensive hours of stove cleaning. Thankfully there is a solution – Brown ranges!


The stove company makes sure to let customers know they care about their wives’ aches and pains which is why they created a stove with such advanced technology. Nothing would be worse than losing a wife to excessive cleaning — who would make dinner?

13. Doctor’s Orders

002-13-doctor-s-orders-792892When it comes to anything health related there is no one more reliable to consult than the doctor. So imagine the confusion when something as toxic as cigarettes was recommended by no other than your trusty doctor.

In fact, Camel claims more doctors smoke their cigarettes than any other brand. Further making their case, Camel describes the doctors who smoke their cigarettes as scientists and diplomatic — someone whose opinion customers can trust. A smoke a day will keep the doctor away!

12. Good News Ladies

003-12-good-news-ladies-49cc0ae5fd8afc1cdffb0cb646488bf9During the war, families often were split up with the men off fighting and the women running the household. Although women weren’t allowed to fight, thankfully it turned out they were not totally useless after all.

As this war ad shows, women were asked to help out in the factories until the men came back. Proving maybe they weren’t so bad after all.

11. Little Lolita

004-11-little-lolita-792948The sex sells motto of years ago seems to hold no boundaries, stretching it as far as making even the youngest girls seem attractive. Nothing says let’s buy some cosmetics like a child dressed up as an adult holding a teddy bear with a sultry expression.

Creeped out yet?

10. Boys Rule Girls Drool

005-10-boys-rule-girls-drool-793002Men, have no fear — you can show off just how attractive you are in your Drummond climbing sweater without the hassle of hiking with women. Thank goodness for that.

This ad gives a glimpse into how the time period compared women to men and the lack of respect there was towards women. However, if you think this is bad wait until the next slide.