Hello ladies! For this week’s Rednesday, Vintage Thingies Thursday, and Share Your Cup Thursday, as is often the case I am giving you a peak into my vintage womens’ magazine collection. This week, however, I am sharing with you some of the funny, awkward, and even scary ads that I have collected over the years. I hope you enjoy a laugh (or a wince) with me as I take you on a little tour of these weird vintage ads.
My first one is this ad for instant corn bread mix. On first glance you may not think anything is all that odd about it, but if you look up close, you’ll notice they must have gone cheap with the illustrator for this ad. While women were normally illustrated to beautiful perfection in these 40s and 50s ads, this woman is… well… a little less than ideal in her visage. Check out her close up and see if she doesnt remind you of a certain 80s film character…
Ouch.Next on the “funny ads” list we have the classic women’s sanitary item ad that filled these mid-century magazines. Tampons were a relatively new item in 1949 when the following ad was posted, and Tampax was trying to discreetly suggest that if you were intimidated to try this new form of menstrual aid, you were “backwards”:
After a paragraph of ad copy assuring you that you are behind the times if you aren’t using their produce, they offer a mail in form to receive your products in the mail wrapped in plain brown paper. I guess thats easier than running to the drug store. :)
If it wasnt her “monthlies” that had a 1950s housewife worried, it was her family’s constipation. I cant tell you how many ads like this I’ve come across in my magazine collection:
What I want to know is, is this mom a giant? it seems as though she has ripped off the roof of the house and is peering in over the top of the wall. Hmm…
This next one is funny because it shows how much times have changed. Check out this ad for a carseat for babies:
Notice your toddler can either sit OR stand in their “safety seat” while you drive 55 miles an hour down the highway. I guess this was one step up from what my grandmother said she used to do with her babies in the 50s, “Oh I would just lay them on the seat beside me and if I made a sudden stop they would just go rolling down onto the floor!” Yikes!
What was the number one enemy of kids in the 1920s? You guessed it: Freckles!
But thankfully there was a miracle cream that could remove them for 50 cents. Not too high a price to be rid of the disgrace of freckles, right?
Now this one makes me laugh but also cringe because I think it typifies what a lot of people think a housewife does all day, and apparently that is not new to this generation.
Ladies, do not take the advice in this ad… do not just read your book and eat candy and then serve your family Kraft Dinner!! This is terrible! :)
Now ladies, we move into the realm of Creepy Ads. I only have two examples for you today, but they’re pretty good. First up is disturbingly racist ad for rayon curtains circa 1949:
So not only does the poor woman have to wash your stupid curtains for you, and smile while doing it, but she also has to endure being mocked for her supposedly inferior English. Nice job, white folks.
The next one is La Creme du la Creme of all the creepy ads I have ever seen. It shocked me so much that when I saw it I yelled out to my husband to come look at it with me (not something i usually do when reading a woman’s magazine). Ladies, I submit for your approval, the ad for Trimz, the DDT Childrens wallpaper:
Now please just take a minute to let this one sink in. In case you are too young to know about the horror that is DDT, check out the wiki article on it’s health hazards to humans (not to mention other creatures in nature which got in banned in the US in the late 1970s). If it wasnt bad enough that people were being encouraged to spray their crops and their front lawns with DDT in the 1940s and 50s, apparently they were also being told to marinate their infants in in while they slept. Can you even imagine? I didnt know such a thing existed!!
Yes, Trimz wallpaper will kill flies, mosquitos, ants, bald eagles, any other flora and fauna, and will give your children diabetes and cancer!
If you read the article it was a scare tactic telling moms that the common household flie carried over 6 million bateria on them and thus…. the answer was clearly DDT. And just in case you think that DDY wallpaper might be ugly or difficult to install, no worries:
In all seriousness… I really pray that not too many people too Trimz up on their offer for this stuff. Can you imagine? I just wonder what our generation will be horrified that we exposed our children to in 20 years. I pray its nothing quite as toxic is DDT!!
Well, ladies, I hope you enjoyed a peak into some of the funny (and creepy!) vintage ads I have collected over the years. I hope to share some more with you in the future… its always an interesting blast into the past!
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