The past contains many interesting things such as facts, historical events, discoveries and most of all: lessons. Whether it be questionable beliefs, socially destructive connotations or unhealthy practices, here are some questionable vintage ads we’re glad aren’t around anymore.
Sugar vs. Artificial Sweeteners
It is part of human nature to be curious. Today, many years after the invention of artificial sweeteners, many people are still very skeptical about them. Despite research proving time and time again that artificial sweeteners are not linked to several health concerns and provide an alternative to people with low sugar tolerance, many people still raise their eyebrows at artificial sweeteners. In the past, however, when artificial sweeteners were just starting out, many people are extremely apprehensive which led to advertisements like the one above.
This ad encourages parents to use a sugar-induced high to power their children’s day; forget the heart palpitations, forget the threat of obesity, cavities and even diabetes. What matters is that Jenny can keep cheerleading and bounce off of trampolines before crashing in bed at night.
It’s Delicious Not Deleecious
Sorry, I can’t promise this would be the last of those racist vintage ads. In the 1950s, cultural ignorance still stretched to many countries. Stereotypes mainly spread because of ads. No matter where you go, there will be one stereotypical image of a those who are Mexican, Puerto Rican, or South American. Those who design the art put on the cliched sombrero.
A perfect example of this malady is the ad for Merito Rum. They made a guy who wore a sombrero ride a donkey. Aside from the archetypal costume design, the ad showed how ignorant those who worked behind the scene were. Why would they write a quote like that? There’s nothing funny about it, just racist.