A Look at Ridiculous Ads Through the Years: The 1920’s

Once upon a time ago I got a chain email from someone that listed famous ads from the 1920’s all the way through the 1960’s. Some of them were just so ridiculous, I did not believe them to be true. Well, after a little digging, I found out that they were not only true, but the state of the art advertising for that point in time.

So I went on a quest to find some of the most ridiculous ads ever promoted, and maybe you will be as shocked as I am at some of them. From doctors recommending certain cigarettes as being healthy to downright shocking ads for contraception, the forty year span from the 20’s through the 60’s saw ads like never before.

Let’s start out with one of the more ridiculous ads I have ever seen. Can you believe it? A soap that will miraculously take away weight from where ever it is that you rub it. How on God’s green earth could anyone in their right mind actually believe that something like this would work? This is a clear case of deception of the masses, and I’m sure it’s creator ended up working for the United States Congress at some point in his life.

With the birth of this fascinating new piece of technology known as the telephone, of course they had to promote it’s glory in some way. My only question; how did he get up there?

Cigarette ads are always the best ones to poke fun at, and Lucky Strike, as legendary as it is, is no different. Notice how the person holding the pack is none other than a doctor, with the wonderful tag line, “20,679 physicians say Luckies are less irritating.” The other physicians are busy recommending Camel.

This has to be the scariest ad I have ever seen, in the fact that they are using a baby to advertise cigarettes. It’s a shame that the kid will probably end up becoming a smoker and dying of cancer because they seem to be so healthy and fun.

This Christmas season, give the gift of lung cancer!

This ad is so great because it openly promotes women to scrub Lysol in certain places where you would not want to scrub Lysol. Just think, this kind of activity was seen as healthy and the way to be hygienic. I wonder how many people died as a result to this. On the bright side, the man was able to be as dirty as he wanted.

If someone gave me milk for Christmas, I’d shoot them.

Thumb sucking is a pretty harmless activity that almost all infants do at some point or another. There is always this fear among parents that if a child does it for an extended period of time, he or she will do it for the rest of their life. Well, let me ask you, do you know one person with this problem? No, of course not. But have no fear, baby Alice! Everything will be alright with this wonderful invention. Way to go mom! Wrap your kid’s thumb in barbed wire.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Nefarious says:

    Pretty funny, Greg. I love these too. More, please.

  2. gcaggiano says:

    Gonna try to put the next one out in a few days.

  3. TheBeautifulStranger says:

    This is freakin’ hilarious. Can I have some more? 🙂

  4. I love it! Sadly though, I find myself wondering how our ads today will appear to future generations because now, just as when these were published, we always seem to think we have the answers.

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