Category Archives: advertising

16 Sexist and Racist Vintage Advertisements That Are Shocking Today

These vintage advertisements are from Beyond Belief, a book by art collector and former advertising executive Charles Saatchi, which brings together the most shocking advertising campaigns of the last century. From racism and sexism to dodgy health claims, nothing was out of bounds for the real-life Mad Men. “In the middle of the last century, marketing […]

20 Vintage Red Man Chewing Tobacco Ads

The Red Man brand of chewing tobacco was first introduced to the US in 1904. Promotional activities tied-in with rural and outdoor sporting events was a main stay of Red Man s marketing strategy. From 1952 to 1955, Red Man produced a series of baseball cards, the only tobacco company to do so after 1920. […]

27 Reefer Madness Posters From 1930s Will Make You Cry Laughing!

Originally, Reefer Madness was the title of a 1930s American propaganda film that told the story of how an entire high school student body was introduced to smoking marijuana cigarettes (also known as, reefers).  However, while the film was intentioned as a cautionary tale to parents about the grave and immoral consequences of allowing their […]

14 Must See Camel Knock-Off Anti-Smoking Ads

Tobacco brand advertisements are among the most spoofed in advertising history, particularly for anti-smoking campaigns. Perhaps this is because the success of cigarette advertising has been immense. RJ Reynold s Joe Camel was extremely successful at establishing itself as a household name. By age 6, an equal number of children were able to recognize Joe […]

18 Shocking E-Cigarette Ads Targeting Teenagers

Electronic Cigarette (e-cig) companies are increasingly targeting teenagers, who are often trailblazers of new trends and role models for younger adolescents. In courting young trendsetters, e-cig manufacturers predominantly utilize advertising imagery and slogans that appeal to the teens sense of freedom and rebellion. An ad for Blu e-cigs features an angry, middle-aged woman, flipping her […]

30 Crazy Old Cigarette Ads Claimed That “More Doctors Smoke Camels Than Any Other Cigarette”

One common technique used by the tobacco industry to reassure a worried public was to incorporate images of physicians in their ads. The none-too-subtle message was that if the doctor, with all of his expertise, chose to smoke a particular brand, then it must be safe. Unlike with celebrity and athlete endorsers, the doctors depicted […]

Put Boobs On It! Sex Sells 1970 Album Covers

In the 1960s-1980s, if you wanted to sell your record, the most reliable method may have been to simply put a pair of boobs on the cover.  It was a variation on the “sex sells” approach – you might call it “chests sells”.  Whether it was subtle cleavage or loud-and-proud bosoms, we know the strategy […]

Vintage Photos Show Amazing Vancouver Neon Signs and Streets Scenes in 1950s

Man with Bandage

These colorful photos show what Vancouver’s Upper East Side and downtown looked like in its’ glory days of the 1950’s.  The photographer captures a city basking in the glow of neon signs. The Vancouver photographs of Fred Herzog are awash with vibrant color. They are complex, mysterious, exuberant, and full of life, much like the […]

18 Never Seen Vintage Coke Signs

These intriguing vintage Coke signs shows this beloved soft drink has been around for quite awhile – 131 years to be exact.  It was invented in 1886 by a Civil War vet named John Pemberton. Coca Cola was originally intended as a medical treatment for his addiction to morphine.  Among other things, Pemberton claimed Coca-Cola cured […]

40 Tobacco Cards That Are Fun And Collectible

Tobacco cards

Cigarette cards also known as tobacco cards  are color little pieces of art-work. They were usually enclosed in the product packaging. They were issued in numbered series of twenty-five, fifty, or larger runs to be collected, spurring subsequent purchases of the same brand. Typically, these small cards feature illustrations on one side with related information and […]