20 Bizarre (And Offensive) Vintage Ads

March 21, 2014

While many ad campaigns of days past may have been ill-conceived and oddly executed, they still manage to capture our current attentions with their wacky (though often misogynistic) imagery. These advertisements make apparent how far we’ve come in regard to scientific discovery and gender equality, and yet serve as a stark reminder of the thinking that has helped shape our culture for centuries.

These ads may have seemed like fabulous designs at the time, but the ones below clearly show us that some ideas –and products- should rightfully stay in the past. Whether you file these under hilarious, creepy, or just plain, old-fashioned bad ideas, here are 20 bizarre items from the world of questionable ad choices:

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