Today’s advertisements may get complaints about being too sexy and too photoshopped, but they have nothing on the ads of yesteryear. Reddit user chestney posted a collection of ads that have it all: overt racism, sexism and even endangering babies. The poster titles them “Ridiculously Offensive Vintage Advertisements That Would Definitely Be Banned Today.”
The first ad in the album tries to sell ties by stating, “show her it’s a man’s world,” and depicts a woman on her knees serving a man breakfast in bed. It gets worse from there. One ad depicts a baby happily playing with a razor. Another depicts an American Indian saying, “My skin is dark but my heart is white.” A Volkswagen ad with a dinged-up Beetle reads, “Women are soft and gentle, but they hit things.”
Laugh and cringe your way through the full album below.