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Somehow This is Don Draper’s Fault
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Vintage Panda found a bunch of old advertisements that would never be printed today. A couple of them are silly. Most of them are down-right offensive. It’s hard to believe a few of them ever got published in any time. Check them out here.

Once you get past all the rank discrimination, the ads illuminate the history of advertising.

You can see how print ads transitioned from a graphic with tons of words (the ad for the Postage Meter, which begins with “Is it always illegal to kill a woman?” is an entire story) to pure graphics with maybe a slogan like we see today.

But seriously, this stuff is crazy.

Thanks to Brandon Sharp for the link!

YOUR TURN: Which ad do you find the most offensive? The most surprising?


By JR. Forasteros

JR. lives in Dallas, TX with his wife Amanda. In addition to exploring the wonders that are the Lone Star state, JR. is the teaching pastor at Catalyst Community Church, a writer and blogger. His book, Empathy for the Devil, is available from InterVarsity Press. He's haunted by the Batman, who is in turn haunted by the myth of redemptive violence.