Vintage Advertisements That Would Have Not Been Approved Today
Laura Lee - August 26, 2018

Looking Back

by Edgar A. Guest

I might have been rich if I\’d wanted the gold
instead of the friendships I’ve made.
I might have had fame if I\’d sought for renown
in the hours when I purposely played.
Now I\’m standing to-day on the far edge of life,
and I\’m just looking backward to see
What I\’ve done with the years and the days that were mine,
and all that has happened to me.

I haven\’t built much of a fortune to leave
to those who shall carry my name,
And nothing I\’ve done shall entitle me now
to a place on the tablets of fame.
But I\’ve loved the great sky and its spaces of blue;
I\’ve lived with the birds and the trees;
I\’ve turned from the splendor of silver and gold
to share in such pleasures as these.

I\’ve given my time to the children who came;
together we\’ve romped and we’ve played,
And I wouldn\’t exchange the glad hours spent
with them for the money that I might have made.
I chose to be known and be loved by the few,
and was deaf to the plaudits of men;
And I\’d make the same choice should the chance
come to me to live my life over again.

I\’ve lived with my friends and I’ve shared in their joys,
known sorrow with all of its tears;
I have harvested much from my acres of life,
though some say I\’ve squandered my years.
For much that is fine has been mine to enjoy,
and I think I have lived to my best,
And I have no regret, as I\’m nearing the end,
for the gold that I might have possessed.

Advertising is not only the art of selling a product, it’s also the art of conveying a specific message to a specific group of people in hopes they become customers time and again. With the rise of mass consumerism throughout the 20th century, advertising suddenly became as important, if not more important, than the actual product being sold. Here’s a look back at some of the more outrageous moments in advertising that left us thinking who possibly could have approved these for mass production…

1. All Tied Up



Year: 1951


If you want to claim your power and state your manliness, then, of course, you have no choice but to wear a men’s only tie.  Right? This vintage advertisement tried to be punny, and touch on the subconscious of men.  Thankfully, this wouldn’t fly today. Men wear ties to impress their wives, not to tie them down.

2. Don’t Be So Fresh


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Year: 1950


Chase & Sanborn took the role-playing route in this ad for their specialty fresh coffee. Clearly, this man was quite upset that this woman prepared coffee that’s not fresh. The audacity! Well, not quite, and thankfully, today when coffee is less than fresh, things are dealt with slightly differently.  We can’t exactly blame them though, they were only keeping up with the trends of the time.