As time goes on, we hope to progress in all humanitarian efforts. One way to measure success is through comparing things that were deemed appropriate decades ago to see if they’re suitable for today’s standards. If we measure by these standards, we can see that many vintage ads didn’t stand the test of time. Most of them promote chauvinistic ideas about women that would cause significant controversy if they were run now.
Here are some of the most cringe-worthy ads; we can’t believe they were actually real! However, some of them are interesting to look at and bring a sense of the past to determine how much our lives have changed throughout the years.
1960 – Alcoa Aluminum
Apparently, it will only take a dainty grasp to open up an Alcoa Aluminum can. These caps are so easy to use that women can get the ketchup out without having to ask a man for help!
1965 – McDonald’s
You can see the 1965 ad for the All American three-course meal provided by McDonald’s. It included a milkshake, French fries, and a hamburger, and you only spent 52 cents. Add a drink to the mix for 10 to 15 cents. That would be an amazing deal now!