20 Unbelievably Shocking Racist and Sexist Vintage Ads

I’ve recently become obsessed with Vintage Ads. I love the retro graphics and fun cartoons, but have you ever taken a closer look at some of the messages big brands used to send?

Sexism and racism ran rampant in ads by many brands we know and love today. These are definitely some vintage ads that would be banned today.

It’s absolutely shocking and disgusting to me how these were considered acceptable only 50-60 years ago – not even a lifetime! What do you think of these? I wonder if the people that wrote these are proud of their work now?

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20 of the Most Shocking Racist and Sexist Vintage Ads

Why ruin the evening, Mother?

ivory soap vintage sexist ad

Why ruin the evening , Mother?

Housework on hot days is bound to leave you tired and cross. To make evenings with your family the Best Part of the Day, try this pleasant treatment for “nerves”. Every afternoon, get into the tub with a cake of New Ivory Soap.

Lysol’s Advice to Wives in Unhappy Marriages

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“Please, Dave…Please don’t let me be locked out from you!”

Often a wife fails to realize that doubts due to one intimate neglect shut her out from happy married love

A man marries a woman because he loves her. So instead of blaming him if married love begins to cool, she should question herself. Is she truly trying to keep her husband and herself eager, happy married lovers? One most effective way to safeguard her dainty feminine allure is by practicing complete feminine hygiene as provided by vaginal douches with a scientifically correct preparation like “Lysol”. So easy a way to banish the misgivings that often keep married lovers apart.

You, too, can rely on “Lysol” to help protect your married happiness … keep you desirable!

Pitney-Bowes asks, “Is it always illegal to kill a woman?”

pitney bowes vintage ad is it always illegal to kill a woman

For six months I bend the ears of the home office to get a little DM postage meter. I win… Then the only fast, dependable honest-toGregg steno I got, this redhead Morissey – she balks!

“I have no mechanical aptitude. Machines mix me up, kind of,” she says. As if we asked her to fly a F-86! I almost blew my top.

So help me – two week later she has a little pink bow on the handle of the meter as if it was an orchid or something. I give it the gape.

“Kind cute, ain’t it?” says Miss Morissey. “Really a very nice machine, Mr. Jones. Now I can get the mail out early enough to I get to the girls’ room in time to hear all of the dirt.”

I wonder is it always illegal to kill a woman!

Keep her where she belongs…

sexist vintage ad keep her where she belongs

So…women belong naked and at the feet of men?

Start babies on 7-up

vintage 7up ad

7up tells us why they have the youngest customers in the business:

This young man is 11 months old – and he isn’t our youngest customer by any means.

For 7-Up is so pure, so wholesome, you can even give it to babies and feel good about it.  Look at the back of a 7-Up bottle.  Notice that all our ingredients are listed.  (That isn’t required of soft drinks, you know – but we’re proud to do it and we think you’re pleased that we do.)

By the way, Mom, when it comes to toddlers – if they like to be coaxed to drink their milk, try this:  Add 7-Up to the milk in equal parts, pouring the 7-Up gently into the milk.  It’s a wholesome combination – and it works!  Make 7-Up your family drink.  You like it  . . . it likes you!

That’s what wives are for!

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Kenwood appliances says “The Chef does everything but cook – that’s what wives are for!”

We are going to use Chlorinol

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I just can’t wrap my head around this gross vintage ad for Chlorinol Soda Bleaching.

Why doesn’t your momma wash you with fairy soap?

fairysoap

Again, what the hell?

I’se sure got a good job now!

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GE says they make housework easier for bot women with servants and those without help. o_O

The harder a wife works, the cuter she looks!

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Kellog’s says that “the harder a wife works, the cuter she looks!”

“Gosh, honey, you seem to thrive on cooking, cleaning and dusting”

Yassuh it’s Genu-wine Hires

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No, thanks.

Losing friends?

losingfriends

Clairol thought women lost friends because their hair was gray.

“Are your friends drifting away from you…finding excuses to break appointments…failing to call you? That happens so very often to a gray haired woman…”

Show her it’s a mans world

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Van Huesen says we live in a man’s world…and women are so happy it is! Their man-talking, and power-packed ties remind women just how much they love to kneel down to their husbands to serve them. <eyeroll>

Men are better than women!

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In case you missed it, this Drummond Sweaters ad show a woman hanging on for dear life to the end of a rope being held by two manly-men having a nice chat.

Indoors, women are useful – even pleasant. On a mountain, they are something of a drag. So don’t go hauling them up a cliff just to show off your Drummond climbing sweaters.

Good new for those for you with no sex appeal!

Sanitized Tapeworms anyone?

sanitizedtapeworms

No diets, no baths, no exercise – just eat these easy to swallow tapeworms!

Start Cola Earlier for Acceptance as a Teen

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I think by “lifetime of guaranteed happiness” they really meant “lifetime of guaranteed dental issues, diabetes and obesity.”

*Note: this ad has been claimed as being a fake, however after all that you’ve seen above, the parody artist really wasn’t that far off from reality.

Use sugar for weight loss

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Yo’ next range should be a General Electric!

It’s nice to have a girl around the house

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Apparently Mr. Leggs promotes walking all over people. Wonder how this clothing company is doing nowadays?

Though she was a tiger lady, our hero didn’t have to fire a shot to floor her. After one look at his Mr. Leggs slacks, she was ready to have him walk all over her. That noble styling sure soothes the savage heart! If you’d like your own doll-to-doll carpeting, hunt up a pair of these He-Man Mr. Leggs slacks.

5 thoughts on “20 Unbelievably Shocking Racist and Sexist Vintage Ads”

  1. LMAO…………I love these ads, where has everyone’s common sense and sense of humor gone???…….LOL………everyone has gotten so thin skinned………………..

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  2. That one about starting babies on soda pop/cola drinks at such a young age is bogus. From what I have just found out a few minutes ago, from some comments posted with this same ad on Pinterest, it was made up by someone who goes by the name R J White in 2002 for livejournal, and has a Pinterest board called “Repinning the people who have repinned my dumb fake ad” or some such nonsense. And there’s no such thing as “The Soda Pop Board of America.”

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  3. I love vintage ads. I have a major in marketing and it’s amazing how much advertising has changed over the past 100 years.

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  4. WOW. These are all bad, but some are just TERRIBLE! I’d say we’ve come a long way, but I woke up this morning to see a t-shirt from Urban Outfitters that says “Eat Less.” :(

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  5. Wow, some of those are outrageous! It’s wild to think about what things we consider “acceptable” now that might be considered unbelievable in the future, too.
    Ang

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