15 vintage Christmas ads you would never see today
Say it ain't so, Santa.
Times change, culture shifts. Nowhere is that more evident than in advertising. After all, Madison Avenue is the place that helped define the times. We love looking back at old ads. Sometimes they're quaint, sometimes they're comical and every so often they're a little unsettling. That's even true when it comes to the holidays.
Here are some strange or obsolete print advertisements you would not find in a modern magazine.
Is it just us or does that look like Jack Palance?
Image: sallydelsteincollage.com / envisioningtheamericandream
Santa seemingly wasn't very picky when it came to his brand of smokes.
Finishing unwrapping your presents? Good, now clean up.
Nothing builds sturdy bodies like spoonfuls of corn syrup.
Microsheen Shoe Polish
This one would even make the writers of "Santa Baby" blush.
Image: johnwilliamson.com / oddee.com
He's been saving his pennies in a piggy bank for his first stogie.
Image: saltycotton / Flickr
Well, the little ones won't get to sleep if they're sucking down bottles of soda on the staircase all night.
Image: ggarddenour / eBay
Where's the button for emojis?
Westinghouse Light Bulbs
Image: Linda Leepa / Pinterest
For skin as well done as the ham.
Well that got dark.
Scotch Hair Set Tape
We prefer to get through the holidays without thinking of beheading.
This guy was not getting a job at the local mall.
Image: Melody Durbin / Pinterest
Wait, this was a Twilight Zone episode, right? "Night of the Spoons"?
Kenner's Daddy Saddle
Image: Kenner Collector
The gift that keeps on giving… chronic back problems.
Don't rob Santa! He'll give you stuff if you ask nicely.