If you want to understand the history and culture of a particular place, looking through their older advertisements would be a great place to start. The advertisement is the glossy, pop cultural meeting point between supply and demand, where marketing pros make clear who they think is buying their product and for what reasons. And as these ads make apparent, marketers have drawn on just about anything to make potential customers’ eyes stick.
The advertisements featured below demonstrate the great social strides we have made since their publication, but also highlight the thinking that has helped shape our culture for centuries. Here are thirty-five of the most bizarre items we’ve come across:
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