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The Good, the AD and the Ugly : The Lost Art of Advertising

Updated on June 13, 2011

The Good, the AD and the Ugly

There was a time when advertising was different. It was different because it knew very few boundaries. It was different because there were no computers and no photoshop. It was different because even words and their meanings were not yet offensive. If you know these ads, you’re already smiling. If not, let’s have a look. Warning: times have changed, and nowhere is it more evident than here!

The artistry involved in so many of these ad campaigns was nothing less than excellent. With bright colors and a unique style, artists painted everything from the atomic housewife to the glorious automobile. Everyone was happy. Everyone was stylish, Everyone was, well, perfect – not unlike today’s media. But looking back, everyone – at least in the ad world – was different. Some of these ads are laughter-inducing portrayals of “modern life”, and some are downright bizarre. I’ll let the ads speak for themselves. (Captions included) Enjoy!

NOOoooooooooo!!!!!!
NOOoooooooooo!!!!!!
Hooray! The Refrigerator! We worship you!
Hooray! The Refrigerator! We worship you!
It's a great Christmas when the whole family gets a gun!  Wait! Where's Mom's??
It's a great Christmas when the whole family gets a gun! Wait! Where's Mom's??
I think these are coming back in style...
I think these are coming back in style...
Using a celebrity to endorse a product is as old as theatre itself.
Using a celebrity to endorse a product is as old as theatre itself.
Cool? Yes. Outdated? Yes. Proof? My daughter said, "I didn't know they had real robots back then."
Cool? Yes. Outdated? Yes. Proof? My daughter said, "I didn't know they had real robots back then."
Hilarious. Yes, we want to please the groom....
Hilarious. Yes, we want to please the groom....
What??!! Where do I begin?
What??!! Where do I begin?
I never got this excited about stains...then again, they did have valium and cocktails back then...
I never got this excited about stains...then again, they did have valium and cocktails back then...
Ummm, this one wouldn't make the cut today. Can't imagine why.
Ummm, this one wouldn't make the cut today. Can't imagine why.
I hope that's her Dad.
I hope that's her Dad.
Forget breast milk, Mom. Go Coke!
Forget breast milk, Mom. Go Coke!
Her face says it all, folks.
Her face says it all, folks.
Maidenform Gladiator ad! Must....stop....laughing...
Maidenform Gladiator ad! Must....stop....laughing...
CREEPY. Just creepy.
CREEPY. Just creepy.
That's it. This is what I'm wearing to the Piggly Wiggly. And I want the $3 steak.
That's it. This is what I'm wearing to the Piggly Wiggly. And I want the $3 steak.
As opposed to illegal? The implications are daunting.
As opposed to illegal? The implications are daunting.
1954 ad. Because Poodles can sell anything.
1954 ad. Because Poodles can sell anything.
Girl, toilet paper never looked so good. Then again, it took me 15 minutes to notice the toilet paper because of that DRESS.
Girl, toilet paper never looked so good. Then again, it took me 15 minutes to notice the toilet paper because of that DRESS.
Yes. It is.
Yes. It is.
Finally. The truth...
Finally. The truth...
Nuff said.
Nuff said.
On second thought, bring back the Lard!!
On second thought, bring back the Lard!!
God bless unconditional love.
God bless unconditional love.
Ew. Not.
Ew. Not.
I'm speechless.
I'm speechless.
Sweeet.
Sweeet.
Early photoshop - called artist's addition.
Early photoshop - called artist's addition.
 They're talking about his hair, right?
They're talking about his hair, right?
I'd be happy, too, if my fridge were that full!
I'd be happy, too, if my fridge were that full!
Lard. It's what's for dinner.
Lard. It's what's for dinner.
Yes, I'd like some electricity, please!
Yes, I'd like some electricity, please!
Swift Premium Meats...taste great while you're doing calculus?
Swift Premium Meats...taste great while you're doing calculus?
Long Distance was never this much fun.
Long Distance was never this much fun.
Spiderweb? Lysol? Feminine Hygeine?!!
Spiderweb? Lysol? Feminine Hygeine?!!
Talk about an elephant in the room. Yikes.
Talk about an elephant in the room. Yikes.
The microscope is proof!
The microscope is proof!
Now this, ladies, is a home gym. Pilates hoop skirt and whalebone corsette sold separately.
Now this, ladies, is a home gym. Pilates hoop skirt and whalebone corsette sold separately.
Finally! A glow in the dark bra!
Finally! A glow in the dark bra!
They're also twice as dead if they stay there.
They're also twice as dead if they stay there.
I think the ad covers it. Get it? Covers it? Ahh, nevermind.
I think the ad covers it. Get it? Covers it? Ahh, nevermind.

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      Sharilee Swaity 

      7 years ago from Canada

      This is awesome! Great job on the captions and priceless finds!

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