Oct 12, 2021, 10:26
Advertising is a tricky thing. You have to strike a balance. Funny, but not annoying. Not too subtle to go unnoticed, but also not too in your face. And you need to have a quality that appeals to the audience you’re selling to, as well. That’s one of the reasons why old ads can be so funny. Things that were amusing, or novel, or useful to older generations can now seem so foreign and ridiculous to us now. In the early days of computers, talking to people in another country was revolutionary. In the early days of preservatives, people tried to can everything, … and we do mean EVERYTHING.
There’s also an element of humor in the offensive things you’d see that would never get the green light today. So peruse these offensive vintage ads and have a laugh, and stop to wonder: What ads of ours will people be laughing at in a few years?