20 Vintage Advertisements That We Would Never Get Away With Today

It’s hard to believe how far these vintage advertisements were able to push the social limits years ago. There was no barrier to what was considered acceptable to promote products or ideas. You would have seen risky ads exploiting woman, race and even having babies smoke cigarettes… crazy, I know.

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These days are long gone, as you can see there were no limits to what was considered socially acceptable. In retrospect, advertisements have come a long way, not just in visual treatment but in how we portray people. Were you surprised by these risky vintage advertisements? Share this post using the buttons below.

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Written by Adrian Martinez

I'm an Art Director based in Toronto, Canada with over 10 years of industry experience. This is both my design blog and my digital playground. Head on over to HireAdrian.com  to view my work or connect with me on Linkedin. 

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