Vintage Christmas Ads: Sexist, Offensive And Just Plain Weird

Vintage advertisements offer a unadulterated look into the traditions and worldviews that people once believed. These vintage Christmas ads paint a picture of the past that’s not so politically correct. From constantly insinuating that women should be left working in the home to using children to sell lighters and guns, these ads wouldn’t fly today. In fact, from chain-smoking Santas to gun ads up the wazoo, these are the most offensive, sexist and bizarre Christmas advertisements we’ve ever seen.


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Hoover Ads


Vintage Fake Tanning Ads

Source: NRS

Ironing Board Christmas Ads

Source: Visual News

Guns for Christmas


Vintage Microsheen Ads


Winchester Gun Vintage Ads

Source: Daily Mail

Vintage Christmas Gun Ads

Source: The Chive

Smoking Santa

Source: imgarcade

Santa Smoking Cigarettes

Source: The Chive

Zippo Lighter Vintage Christmas Ads

Source: Pinterest

Lucky Cigarettes Vintage Ads

Source: Bored Panda

Weird Vintage Christmas Ads

Source: Retro-A-Rama

Vintage Camel Ads

Source: SCOPE

Vintage Aftershave Ads

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The 10 Most Iconic Wild West Figures

The Wild West might be long gone, but it has left us with a slew of iconic figures that still remain incredibly popular to this day. Lawmen, outlaws, frontiersmen, pioneers, the Old West had it all. If there is something that the West was good at, it was taking a man and making a legend out of him.

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Billy The Kid

Wild West Figures Billy

Until recently, this was the only known image of one of the most notorious outlaws of the Old West – Billy the Kid. Recently, another photo was confirmed to show him as a clean-cut youngster. The Kid claimed to have gunned down 21 men during his short life, although others place their estimates much lower. He himself was killed by famed lawman Pat Garrett. Source: Rafael Narbona

Seth Bullock

Wild West Figures Bullock

Besides obviously winning “Best Mustache in the West”, Bullock rose to prominence as the tough-as-nails, uncompromising lawman of the notorious and illegal settlement of Deadwood in South Dakota. In recent times, his exploits were exalted further in the TV show Deadwood which features many real characters from that time and place. Source: Chronicle Of The Old West

Davy Crockett

Wild West Figures Crockett

Known as the “King of the Wild Frontier”, Crockett became one of the West’s biggest folk heroes. This was mostly thanks to his legendary exploits being recreated on stage and in dime novels. His iconic look with the coonskin cap is still immediately recognized even today, which makes Crockett an early fashion trendsetter. Source: Tennessee Gvt.

Annie Oakley

Wild West Figures Oakley

The Old West was clearly considered a real man’s world, but certain women still managed to garner their own level of notoriety and Annie Oakley was perhaps the most famous of them all. She first rose to fame as a star in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. Known for her excellent marksmanship, Oakley was a sharpshooter who could have competed (and maybe bested) any other gunman of her time. Source: Hello Giggles

Buffalo Bill

Wild West Figures Buffalo

Speaking of Buffalo Bill, there’s no way we could leave him out of this list. He started out as a rider for the Pony Express when he was young, then became a bison hunter and later a scout for the army. However, he rose to prominence when he realized that people loved the untamed nature of the West and created Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. His company grew and grew and toured all over the country before heading overseas throughout Europe. Source: Wikipedia

Jesse James

Wild West Figures Jesse

Arguably the most famous outlaw of the Old West, Jesse James and his brother Frank spent most of their lives surrounded by violence. First they were Bushwhackers during the Civil War and then ran their own gang of outlaws, robbing trains, banks and stagecoaches. He was eventually killed by a member of his own gang, Robert Ford. Source: Biografie Online

Wild West Figures Butch

If there is one man who can take the title of “Most Notorious Outlaw” away from Jesse James, it would be Butch Cassidy. Even though today he’s almost always mentioned alongside The Sundance Kid, Cassidy actually ran his own gang dubbed The Wild Bunch. The Sundance Kid was a part of it, but so were several other notorious gunslingers including Kid Curry and the Tall Texan. Source: Kim Macquarrie


Wild West Figures Geronimo

The conflicts between Native American tribes and American settlers led to many bloody confrontations, but also created legends out of some of the Native American leaders. No tribe was fiercer than the Apache and there was no leader greater than Geronimo. Source: Wikipedia

Wild Bill Hickok

Wild West Figures Hickok

One of the greatest folk heroes of the Wild West, Wild Bill Hickok became the most famed gunman of his time. This all really started from a gunfight with David Tutt. This fight most likely popularized the concept of the one-on-one quickdraw duel which is iconic in Westerns, but didn’t really happen all that often in real life. Hickok was shot in the back while playing poker, holding two pairs of aces and eights, later known as the Dead Man’s Hand. Source: Wikipedia

Wyatt Earp

Wild West Figures Earp

Wyatt Earp was the most famed lawman of the Wild West and might be the most famous figure overall. He attained notoriety for taking part in the gunfight at the OK Corral against a gang of outlaws but alongside his brothers and Doc Holliday. Later in life, that same gang would take revenge against the Earps, killing one brother and maiming another. Wyatt would then form a posse and embark on a famous vendetta ride to kill those responsible. Source: NCSB

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Jim Crow’s Disturbing History In Photos

Mom and apple pie are like baseball and the Cuban blockade—traditional American institutions that define us as a people and give our history much of its unique look and feel. But America has other, less savory traditions, and one of the worst—sadly, not the worst—was segregation.

The name “Jim Crow” was first used for a stock character in depressingly popular minstrel shows from around 1830 to the 1940s. After the Civil War and the attendant ratification of the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments, which officially made everybody equal, the name was applied to a set of laws that excluded nonwhites from mainstream society and created a primarily black underclass that was kept in its place via a nationwide campaign of bullying, intimidation, and blood-curdling violence.

Everything in this slideshow is horrible, and if it disturbs you—good. Don’t let it happen again.

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Jim Crow Freedman's School

Immediately after the Civil War, United States culture and legal practice shifted dramatically against the racism that had propped up slavery. The federal Freedman's Bureau operated schools like the one pictured here, encouraged voter registration, and worked to reunite families that had been sold and separated under slavery. Source: Trinity History

Jim Crow Reunited Family

A reunited family. Source: The Huffington Post

Jim Crow Freedman's School Cabin

A Freedman's Bureau-established school. Source: Tullahoma News

Jim Crow Voting Rights

This is a public notice of the government's intent to ensure the voting rights of freedmen, posted in Virginia in 1867. It notes that, as the right to vote applies to all men, no notice should be taken of threats leveled against them by those who would try to suppress the black vote. Source: Social Welfare History

Jim Crow First Black Congressmen

The first Congressional Black Caucus. Each member was elected or appointed during Reconstruction. In case you're wondering, as of 2014 the US Senate has two African-American members. Source: Wikipedia

Jim Crow Black Legislature

A black legislature. Source: RaisinEmReal

Jim Crow Black Republicans

Black Republicans in 1868. No jokes, please, about how membership has declined since then. Source: Blogspot

Jim Crow Johnson Poster

The racial aspect of Reconstruction drew a lot of heat from racist dicks in both the North and the South. This 1866 poster by Thomas Nast lampooned the broken promises of the Johnson Administration, which all but turned a blind eye to the undoing of the Civil War Amendments by unreconstructed confederates. Remember that date, it will be important later. Source: PBC History Online

Jim Crow Idleness Poster

Source: Wikipedia

Jim Crow Clymer Geary Poster

Source: Wikipedia

Jim Crow Nast Poster

Remember how, back in 1866, Thomas Nast had been all for getting serious about Reconstruction? Here he is eight years later, depicting black legislators as do-nothing incompetents. The caption reads: "Colored Rule in a Reconstructed(?) State" The noose was beginning to tighten. Source: Harp Week

Jim Crow Nathan Bedford Forrest

Nathan Bedford Forrest. Confederate cavalry general, military genius, former slave trader and all-around evil shit. He had 30 horses shot out from under him during the war and killed 31 Union soldiers. After his side lost, Forrest and a few close friends founded the Ku Klux Klan and carried out a guerrilla war to undo every gain Emancipation had brought. Source: Wikipedia

Jim Crow Ashburn Murder

Remember those "political meetings" Rhett and Ashley went to in Gone With the Wind? They were Klan meetings. After Nathan Bedford Forrest swung through Georgia to organize the KKK, several assailants ambushed George Ashburn, a native Georgian and civil rights crusader who was serving as a judge in Columbus, GA. He was the first man to be murdered by the Klan in Georgia. Source: Wikipedia

Jim Crow Stocks

With fewer and fewer non-racist whites, and an ever-dwindling population of politically active blacks, the South turned to draconian means to reverse the tide of Reconstruction. Laws were passed that enforced white supremacy, and those laws were enforced with savagery. Here are prisoners being punished for God knows what around the turn of the century. Source: Blogspot

Jim Crow Chain Gang Kids

Never too early to get started. This picture shows a children's chain gang around 1903. Gonna repeat that: This is a children's chain gang. Source: Wikipedia

Jim Crow Homer Plessy

The watershed moment in the hardening of Jim Crow came in 1896, with the Supreme Court decision in Plessy vs. Ferguson. Homer Adolph Plessy, also known as "that really white-looking guy who maybe has one black great-grandparent," was arrested for sitting in a white-only train carriage in Louisiana. Source: Gallery Hip

Jim Crow Rail Car Expulsion

After the Court gave its blessing to the legal principle of "separate but equal," the gates had opened for segregation to become the law across the country. Source: Maryland Government

Jim Crow Black Shoeshine

The rules of segregation were simple: in every context where blacks and whites came into contact with each other, a clear hierarchy must be present. The races mingled very closely during the Jim Crow years, and sometimes intimately, but always in a superior-subordinate relationship. Anyplace where there might be a suggestion of equality, such as at a swimming pool or on a bus, called for strict separation. Source: Chattanoogaville

Jim Crow Duluth Lynching

Violations of those rules merited punishment. There is only one kind of punishment handed out by angry mobs—lynching. According to Tuskegee University, since 1882, 4,733 people are known to have died due to lynching, with the last known lynching taking place in 1968. This lynching happened in Duluth, in case you thought Southerners were the only bad guys here. Source: Wikipedia

Jim Crow Louisiana Prison

Thankfully, everybody eventually came to their senses. Today, getting caught with crack only earns 18 times the prison time powdered cocaine gets, rather than the 100:1 ratio from before 2010. And African-Americans are only 8.2 times more likely to be in prison than whites. Also, black inmates are only the majority of actually-executed death row residents, rather than the vast majority, so you can see that those bad old Jim Crow laws finally came to an end and everybody lived happily ever after.

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Seance History: When Manipulating The Desperate Was Fun

The human race has a conflicting relationship with their mortality. On the one hand, we are endlessly fascinated by and focused on it; on the other, we cannot conceive of a world in which our loved ones, separated by death, are permanently out of reach. A handful of cynical and opportunistic individuals saw a business opportunity in that, and thus spiritualism was born. It posed that spirits of the dead can communicate with the living, took hold in the U.S. and across Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It became trendy and popular to hold a séance performed by a medium, who would run the gathered groups’ activities.

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