Selling Shame: 40 outrageous vintage ads any woman would find offensive

This post I stumbled across contains a couple of my favourite things, vintage things and amusing attitudes. However, how much have things really changed, and were men equally targeted for advertising abuse? These are things I wish to know, and maybe someday will learn.

Have a read and stumble upon such delights as this warning about what might happen if you don’t wash… down there: offending_lysol1

As an added treat here’s a humorously sexist coffee advert from the early sixties:

Retro tips for men

After adding a list of posts offering advice to women from vintage focused website Retronaut, I decided to be as equally helpful to men. Remember, avoid prostitutes and only smoke cigarettes recommended by the doctor.

‘Stuffed’ girl’s heads

Military STD posters 1918 – 1945

Man’s Life Magazine 1950s

What cigarette do you smoke, doctor? 1949

Men who plan beyond tomorrow 1940s

Suffragette surveillance 1913

Men’s jumpsuits 1970s

Posters for burlesque shows 1890s

Retro tips for women

Retronaut is a fascinating website to look through for glimpses of the old and often bizarre past such as Mike the Headless Chicken and The Invisible Mother.

I had to share these women’s tips from the past that made me chuckle. So much to remember; apparently on my next date I musn’t talk about shoes or dresses. What will I do?!

1938 tips for single women

1937 how wives should undress in front of husbands

Nazi magazine for women

Husband hunting tips 1950s

Vintage ad sexism

1928 fashion news

Reduce your flesh

Vintage Valentine