We love to get nostalgic — from remembering our ’90s girlhood (like N*SYNC and Disney princesses) to learning about the history of corsets to just ogling glamorous pinups of the ’40s and ’50s. And when it comes to the history of our gender, nothing is quite as fascinating and disturbing as the history of advertising as it relates to women. Vintage ads for, about, and featuring the fairer sex range from retro-cute to scarily sexist with their portrayal of women. But we like to look back at these vintage ads for everything from cocktails to underwear to feminine hygiene products to remember how far we’ve come as well as how far we are from where we need to be in the world of advertising. Plus, a lot of these old ads are so backwards and ridiculous, you have to laugh. So take a trip back in time with us to see what ad execs of the past thought women would want! Read more…
Look, I get it. This Durex condom ad, which is running in India, is supposed to be funny. The condoms are so thin, she can’t feel ‘em! But the obvious problem is that these ads teach the most important lesson about safe sex — discuss the use of protection before you f**k! Don’t let a dude stick it in unless you’re sure he has a condom on! Protect yourself. The fact that this ad got approved boggles the mind. Truly. [The Gloss]
Last night, I fell into a little bit of Flickr k-hole as I discovered and combed through a treasure trove of vintage ads targeted at women. Various household cleansers! Brillo pads! Life-changing appliance materials! A perfume called “Macrame”! And a crocheted toilet paper cover that looks like a poodle? Oh yes. Some of these are positively frame-worthy. And just wait until you see my slideshow of vintage homemaker magazines… Keep reading »
Modern advertising constantly straddles the line between creative marketing and straight-up bullshit. But back in the old days, advertising companies got away with winning their bread and butter through straight poker-faced lies.
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