11 vintage ads with children we will never, ever see today

It's a good thing we no longer use babies to sell cigarettes, cellophane, sugar and soda.

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Milk, it does a body good. So the advertising slogan said in the 1980s. Sugar and smoke, on the other hand? Not so much. Of course, we did not always know that.

In the early 1970s, the Federal Trade Commission began to demand that advertisers back up what they say. You will note that all of these vintage ads date from the 1960s and back. The 1950s especially saw companies get rather cavalier with using little kids in print ads. Well, okay, we stand behind the television one, depending on the channel, obviously.

Let's rewind the clock half a century — and a little further — to see just how far marketing has come.

1. Zippo (1953)


Image: eBay

2. DuPont Health Tan Sun Lamp (1960)


Image: Hubpages

3. 7UP (1955)


Image: The Pocket R.D.

4. Phillip Morris (1956)


Image: Stanford

5. Gillette Safety Razor (1905)


Image: Bored Panda

6. Mattel M-16 Marauder (1967)


Image: fishgame.com

7. DuPont Cellophane (1954)


Image: Daily Mail

8. Trix cereal (1957)


Image: Hubpages

9. Motorola Television (1950)


Image: All That Is Interesting

10. Dextrose (1943)


Image: eBay

11. Marlboro (1950)


Image: Pinterest

 
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RedSamRackham 3 months ago
* 7-UP indeed a great way to burp the baby! ☺
RobChapman 8 months ago
Toy guns were harmless. It was when idiots in Gen Z started using toy guns to commit actual crimes that they became "dangerous". No kid in the 50's ever tried to rob a gas station with a toy gun, and no kid back then ever got shot over a toy gun (at least not that I'm aware of). It also helped that parents in the 50's weren't useless morons either.
Dario RobChapman 3 months ago
Very true. Gen Z and Millenials are massive jackasses and idiots who've contributed nothing positive to present-day American culture except their stupidity and ineptitude.
idkwut2use Dario 3 months ago
AS a millennial...I just can’t deny it. This is all largely true. And it’s embarrassing.
Dario idkwut2use 3 months ago
There is hope for you yet, my friend! 👍😀
idkwut2use Dario 3 months ago
I surely hope so, hahah! ^^
Dario idkwut2use 3 months ago
👍😀
HerbF 16 months ago
9. Motorola Television (1950) - The TV is showing a picture of "Howdy Doody" - an NBC show - NBC was owned by RCA! Someone in the ad department didn't think of this. (Now, in fairness, RCA still held some TV Patents, so Motorola may have been already giving RCA some money!)
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