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Vintage Ads

LOOK: Grape Nuts Used To Fat-Shame Women

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women

Advertising isn't known for being body positive. Companies as diverse as and Oatmeals NY have resorted to shaming potential customer...

LOOK: Vintage Ad 'Splains How Men And Women Differ

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.22.2013 | Women

Women and men respond differently to everything, so the sexes should have their own magazines. At least that's the premise of this Ladies Home Jour...

LOOK: Playboy Ads From 1967

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 04.26.2013 | Women

Though Playboy might have been slightly more classy back in the day than it is now, the general premise of the magazine seems to have remained the sam...

LOOK: Sexist Car Ad From 1967 Shows How Far We Haven't Come

Nina Bahadur | Posted 06.08.2013 | Women
Nina Bahadur

Today's car ads may not imply that men need to teach their women how to drive, but they aren't much better than their vintage counterparts.

Absurd Apple Posters Made By 'The Simpsons' Creator

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 03.08.2013 | Technology

Before "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening sent Homer on a 23 year, 500-plus episode odyssey of "d'oh!" on FOX, he had another high profile employer:...

21 Vintage Gun Ads That Will Make You Wince

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 12.21.2012 | Small Business

Gun companies walk a very fine line in advertising weapons. In recent years the delicate nature of selling a deadly product to a mass audience has ...

Want Some Holiday Cheer With That Beer?

Alexis Kleinman | Posted 12.19.2012 | Business

Nothing says time to buy vacuums, beer or cooking accessories quite like Santa Claus. Everyone has seen Santa Claus in Coca-Cola ads, but he's als...

Camel's Absurd Vintage Thanksgiving Ad

Posted 11.21.2012 | Comedy

With less than 24 hours to go until Thanksgiving dinners begin, we know many of you are busy stocking up on turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed ...

Retro Halloween Food Ads

So Good | Posted 12.29.2012 | Taste
So Good

These Halloween themed magazine and newspaper advertisements, span those quaint decades before the internet and cable television ruined children.

CRINGE: 17 Sexist Vintage Ads For Spouses

Posted 09.21.2012 | Weddings

Is a push-up bra the secret to snagging a husband? According to one vintage ad, the answer is a resounding "Yes." (Can you see us cringing?) Click ...

17 Cringe-Worthy Ads For 50s Wives

Posted 08.19.2012 | Weddings

Are you boring your husband to death? There used to be a pill for that. Click through the slideshow below to see some cringe-worthy vintage ads...

LOOK: The Best Vintage Back-To-School Ads

TresSugar | Posted 08.17.2012 | Women

We're approaching the changing of the seasons, and for students, that means it's almost back-to-school time. As the temps cool off, we can't help but ...

WATCH: Check Out These Hilarious Vintage Ads

Posted 05.23.2012 | Fifty

Travel back with Ellen DeGeneres as she shares a few incredible -- but real -- vintage advertisements. Check out the hilarious clip above to see a sur...

What Women Want -- According To These Vintage Ads

TresSugar | Posted 02.29.2012 | Women

We love to get nostalgic - from remembering our '90s girlhood (like NSYNC and Disney princesses) to learning about the history of corsets to just ogli...

PHOTOS: The (Vintage) Anti-Skinny Campaign

The Huffington Post | Ellie Krupnick | Posted 11.29.2011 | Style

There's been plenty of talk recently about Marilyn Monroe, namely her curvy figure and retro beauty (channeled so beautifully by Michelle Williams in ...

Has Dating Advice Gotten Any Better? Or Are We Still Being Sold The Same Old Stories?

Posted 12.17.2011 | Women

“Women crave caveman tactics,” writes George W. Crane, PhD, MD, in his 1950s pamphlet "Sex Differences Between Men and Women & Nagging Wives." The...

Ads Targeting Parents That Would Never Appear Today

The Huffington Post | Jessica Samakow | Posted 12.04.2011 | Parents

Sometimes there is just too much scary news for parents -– there’s arsenic in apple juice, SpongeBob will rot your child’s brain and play areas ...

No More Lonely Nights

Posted 11.04.2011 | Comedy

Sometimes you just need a man. Other times, you just need a pillow with a man's face on it. We're not exactly sure when those times happen, but we ass...

Vintage Lingerie Commercials: 'Cross-Your-Heart' Bras, 'I Can't Believe It's A Girdle,' 'Trickelastic' & More (VIDEOS)

The Huffington Post | Emily Singer | Posted 10.01.2011 | Style

We all know that Victoria's Secret commercials use sexuality as a primary selling point; see the mostly-nude, confidence-(and bust-)boosting bronzed b...

Sara Gaynes

Vintage Fitness Equipment: Weird Ways To Work Out From The Past | Sara Gaynes | Posted 10.01.2011 | Healthy Living

Before exercise became super-mainstream in the 1980s, the products marketed to the health-minded were usually designed to reduce exerted effort as muc...

SEEING DOUBLE: This Ad Looks A Lot Like That Ad & More

The Huffington Post | Emily Singer | Posted 09.19.2011 | Style

We've heard that history repeats itself, but how about fashion ad campaigns? Between the styling, method of photography, storyline, poses, and post...

10 Classic Public Service Ads that Changed a Nation (PHOTOS)

Posted 08.20.2011 | Impact

Since 1942, the non-profit Ad Council has been using the power of advertising for social good, educating Americans on important topics, and along the ...

15 Vintage Ads Remade For Modern Companies

The Huffington Post | Posted 08.20.2011 | Comedy

We've all got a little Mad Men in us. These ads all ran at some point, just not for what they say they're selling below. Fark users took the classi...

The Coca-Cola Hilltop Ad: 40 Years of Apple Trees and Honey Bees and Phosphoric Acid

Mike Amato | Posted 06.13.2011 | Media
Mike Amato

Bill Backer, a creative director with Coca-Cola, was on a flight to London that was forced to land in Ireland due to heavy fog. The result of this diversion was one of the most popular and iconic ads ever created.

Most Sexist Product Of All Time?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

Dangerous Minds is often an invaluable resource for cringe-worthy vintage advertising, but this one is in a category all by itself. Looking for the p...