Throwback Thursday – Vintage Ads

Throwback Thursday - Vintage Ads
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Throwback Thursday - Vintage Ads

To hell with being politically correct, back when many of these ads were on display, it appears that being PC and having a safe space didn’t exist. If you are going to get your feelings hurt or be offended by one or more of these ads, just move on, I’m not going to remove them from the blog.

1. Lull-A-Baby Car Hammock
I love the baby SAFE Car Hammock. I mean on the surface, it makes sense, but, then again, cars were traveling at slower speeds, made with thicker steel and a lot fewer cars were on the road. The same with the Auto Strap, I’m sure it worked to some degree, but it certainly does look very safe, to today’s standards.
Lull-A-Baby Car Hammock
It's hard for many today to know that before 1968, seatbelts were not required to be installed in U.S. Automobiles. I grew up in the 70s and I don't recall seatbelts or car seats. I do recall the jump seat in the back of the station wagon.

2. Early Car seats

3. Sea-Monkeys
What kid in the ’70s and ’80s hasn’t seen the ad for the Sea-Monkeys? They usually appeared in comic books (back then, we read books that were all comics, telling a story). The sad part is that we saved up our money just so we could buy them, only to discover that they were just brine shrimp that looks nothing like what the ad depicted. Talk about false advertising and bait and switch. 

4. McDonald’s
Back when this ad was around, McDonald’s wasn’t what they are today. In the fifties and sixties and into the early part of the ’70s, the food at McDonald’s was good, and you had to drive a little to get to Golden Arches. They were not on every corner like they seem to be today. When the franchise was under the watchful eye of Ray Kroc, the service was fast, the food was hot and the prices were reasonable. When he retired from McDonald’s it slowly fell apart to what it is today.

McDonald's Real Good
McDonald's menu circa 1973

5. 7up
I’m sure we all give a bottle of 7up to a 11-month-old baby, why not, after all, it is all about selling the product. This ad is back in the fifties, and 7-Up bragged about having the youngest customers in the business.

6. Chin Reducer
Some of these 1800s devices were scary and did nothing at all. They were all scams to get your money. If they worked, they would still be around today. And I’m sure that if there wasn’t a patent on this device, someone would be selling it today.

Curves of Youth

7. Levis Strauss
I’m sure a dog attacking someone over a fence would have several groups attacking this 1950s ad. I’m sure PETA would jump on board.

Levis-Strauss

8. Swift’s Premium
Yum canned hamburger, it sounds so tasty. They marketed themselves as time-saving back in the early 1950s

Swift's Premium (1951)

9. Royal Crown Cola / RC Cola
Beautiful, women selling products certainly isn’t anything new. Back when this ad was on display, it was certainly considered risqué, by today’s standards, she is way too overdressed to endorse any product (that isn’t me saying that, that is just the way all the ads are today). I am a Rita Hayworth fan, I love to watch B&W movies.

10. Pettit’s Eye Salve
Eye salve? If it doesn’t open in 10 days? What the hell, never mind the Chucky from Child’s Play-looking kid on the poster, I’m more concerned with the “if it doesn’t open within 10 days”. I mean could you imagine having your eye seal shut for 10 days without seeing a doctor? Now have your child do that. If you want to learn the history of Pettit’s Eye Salve business, check out this history document.

Pettit's-Eye-Salve
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