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Vintage Magazine Advertisements That Would Never Be Printed Today

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Advertisements are a window into the prevailing attitudes, trends and mentalities of their time, so taking a look at vintage ads can really give you a feel for how Jack and Jill Q. Public felt about the issues of their day.

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There’s a huge outcry against sexism, advertising cigarettes to children and body shaming in today’s media, but back in the day it was all too normal to use these taboo tactics to elicit a response from readers and sell their products.

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The hilarious vintage ads found in this collection of 21 Vintage Ads That Would Be Banned Today will make you smile, laugh even, but most of all they'll make you think, because isn't that what advertising is really all about?


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Funny to see Marlboros advertised as they were years ago, a woman's cigarette. The Marlboro man and all that came later as the tobacco company figured out a way to promote filtered smokes to men.
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