Huffington Post     First Posted: 04/13/10 06:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 04:30 PM ET

There was a time in this country when print advertisements were overtly racist, sexist and gave extremely unhealthy advice, almost as if everyday was an episode of "Mad Men." We still have many of these problems in advertising today, but at least babies aren't given 7-Up at birth and doctors don't recommend smoking. Have a laugh at our former ignorance, because there's no way our current ads could be as appalling as these are in the future...right?

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  • "Papa Says It Won't Hurt Us"

    Yeah, but you still probably shouldn't let the kids take the gun to bed.<a href="http://neatorama.cachefly.net/images/2007-06/iver-johnson-safe-revolver-ad.jpg">(source)</a>

  • 7-Up For Babies!

    That's right! Get your baby started early on empty calories, with tooth decay to boot! <a href="http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/13/7-up-for-baby/">(source)</a>

  • He'll Beat You If The Coffee's Stale!

    Chase & Sanborn: Threatening women with domestic violence since 1862! <a href="http://www.cracked.com">(source)</a>

  • Baby Knows: Marlboros Are The Best For Mommy!

    These kids look downright envious of their mother's nicotine addiction. On the upside, cool hat! <a href="http://greensmoke.com/blog/vintage-cigarette-ads/">(source)</a>

  • Fat? Get a "Sanitized" Tape Worm!

    Somehow we don't believe the gaurrentee on the bottom of "No ill effects!". They did say <i>tape worm</i>, right? <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/sa_steve/2715556095/in/set-72157606389427177/">(source)</a>

  • Blatz Beer "Nourishing Tonic" For Mom... And Baby!

    Another case of babies drinking terrible things. What happened to warm milk? <a href="http://www.collectorsquest.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/beer-benefits-baby.jpg">(source)</a>

  • Doctors Recommend: Smoking!

    If doctors smoke them, they must be good for you! Because doctors never die of unnatural causes. <a href="http://greensmoke.com/blog/vintage-cigarette-ads/">(source)</a>

  • Here's Your Whiskey, Master!

    That's right, he's "double rich" because he gets all of his servant's money too. <a href="http://pzrservices.typepad.com">(source)</a>

  • Woman = Need Taming

    Who Wants Women To Be "Spirited" Anyway? <a href="http://open.salon.com/blog/the_murph">(source)</a>

  • Athletes Smoke Cigarettes For Energy!

    Wow, the Olympics really have changed. <a href="http://www.weirdomatic.com">(source)</a>

  • Bleach Your Skin... Or Face Being "Homely"

    If "milky-white" skin is the only "natural" skin, why do we need a special product to get it? <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/sa_steve/2715556095/in/set-72157606389427177/">(source)</a>

  • It's A Man's World... Ties!

    We're not arguing that it's a man's world, but we missed the part where women were slaves <a href="http://www.divinecaroline.com">(source)</a>

  • Oh, So THAT'S What Wives Are For!

    We thought they were for lifelong companionship, mutual earning and habitual love. Silly us. <a href="http://jeffreyhill.typepad.com/english/2009/11/10-most-bizarre-sexist-adverts.html">(source)</a>

  • "She Needs Sugar In Her Life. For Energy."

    They forgot the part of Mary's day where she has a serious crash, breaks out, and gains 20 lbs. <a href="http://www.buyvintageads.com/">(source)</a>

  • So Easy, A Woman Can Do It!

    "Uh Oh, Look what I figured out! Next I'll be driving a car!"<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/sa_steve/2715556095/in/set-72157606389427177/">(source)</a>

  • Tipalet Tobacco

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/jimmyfirepants"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/jimmyfirepants">jimmyfirepants</a>:<br />Blowing smoke in a woman's face is an aphrodisiac...

  • Pack your arteries with happiness!

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/wooddm"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://external.ak.fbcdn.net/safe_image.php?logo&d=24db6575872b5ac7aa4bf5c47caf3105&url=http%3A%2F%2Fprofile.ak.fbcdn.net%2Fv225%2F887%2F37%2Fq6832758_7929.jpg&v=5" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/wooddm">wooddm</a>:<br />Would the Lard Information Council lie to you?

  • Rug

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Yari_Baldrich"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://external.ak.fbcdn.net/safe_image.php?logo&d=53f7fbdbbd00f7881fa9445db6178e1a&url=http%3A%2F%2Fprofile.ak.fbcdn.net%2Fhprofile-ak-sf2p%2Fhs260.snc3%2F23254_553796189_9373_q.jpg&v=5" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Yari_Baldrich">Yari Baldrich</a>:<br />Machista to the Core...=-p

  • A run in your stockings? Oh, we're through!

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ddmaxfield"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ddmaxfield">ddmaxfield</a>:<br />I've always thought pantyhose must be some cruel form of torture.

  • What toothache?

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Frederick_Freekowtski"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Frederick_Freekowtski">Frederick Freekowtski</a>:<br />you'll get that house built in NO TIME, kid!

  • Smoking Santa

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/TTC2010"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/yahoo_profile_img/903366.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/TTC2010">TTC2010</a>:<br />Santa endorses Lucky Strikes. Merry Christmas!

  • The Dentist Loves Viceroys

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Bioflyer"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Bioflyer">Bioflyer</a>:<br />Make my work worthwhile

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