1958 glossy magazine ad
Today’s television viewers would be and are surprised by some of the commercials broadcast during the 1950’s and 60’s. Times have certainly changed. Below is a compilation of some of the more cringe-worthy commercials on American television of that era. No judgement is implied in this post. Information on the harmful effects of cigarette smoking was just starting to be disseminated through the media to the average person. The pleasure and “coolness” of smoking was so deeply embedded in American culture it took many years for most people to understand the severity of the health risks. In her public service announcement, Barbara Streisand’s use of the term for children with intellectual disabilities was commonplace and in no way was the derogatory term it would later become. (https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/08/01/2013-18552/change-in-terminology-mental-retardation-to-intellectual-disability) And then there’s boys and guns, cowboys and Indians…..
There’s no waistline worry with Coke, you know……
Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble take a Winston break
Every day, more and more people (especially housewives) are discovering something extra in smoking pleasure….. coupons!
An Old West tale. Matty’s Winchester rifle with rapid fire trigger scares off the Indians
The Tommy Burst machine gun has automatic bolt action. Fires off a burst of 10 shots
Open the door for your Milton Bradley Mystery Date
This creepy clown would scare kids today. They would never eat sugary cereals again!
Witch Doctor Head Shrinkers Kit - Give Them To Your Witch Doctor Friends
Barbara Streisand’s public service announcement for The Retarded Children’s Association
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