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
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
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.