Thursday, July 09, 2009

Creepy Vintage Ads

Via GeekPress comes this...

15 Creepiest Vintage Ads Of All Time

I had trouble picking just one creepy picture from the list. Some are wicked funny, some are wicked stupid, and some are just wicked.

Make sure you click on #6 and read about the use for Lysol that I just couldn't believe was for real, but it is.

Gives me a whole new respect for modern marketing mavens.


Anonymous said...

Zombie girl gives me the creeps.

Anonymous said...

Sorry. That was me.


Ananda girl said...

That girl looks more like she's thinking of eating mommy's hand than the sandwich.

Oh... Lysol! Oh no, no, no. Yikes!

These are all awful. I remember that there was a chubby section in the stores when I was little. They don't still do that do they?

BipolarBunny said...

nice link. Thanks for sharing.

laura b. said...

Did you know that one of the many billions of facebook applications includes these creepy vintage ads? Send them to all of your friends and watch you free time grow and grow :-)

birdwoman said...

I liked the pirate guy with the tiger cub. He was hot.


Chuck said...

Kind of an exorcist kid in the pic.

Of course, the kids in #8 push the creepiness meter too.

As far as #6, I have no words. Let me just say, my professional opinion is that this is not a good idea.

Brenda Jean Hyde said...

That girl looks like the sister of the kid in The Omen. Remember him? CREEPY. All I can say to the Lysol one is ewwwwww...then OUCH.

DaBlade said...

Those were some twisted ads... and yet I feel the desire to own those products immediately. I will not feel fresh until I do.

crazy4coens said...

Lysol? OMG! Mucous matter? Double OMG! I never have liked the smell of Lysol. Ladies - remember to douche or he won't like you anymore. Triple OMG!

Z said...

Is that Patty McCormack? SURE looks like her!

BeckEye said...

HAHAHAHAHA....That Pears Soap ad has me in hysterics.

Always On Watch said...


Not all the surrealism has thrived during the Age of BHO.

Good post, with an unusual twist on retro, often portrayed in a much-beloved manner.

BTW, I do recall the picture in this posting. I thought that picture strange at the time too!

cube said...

Lee: Yeah, I get a zombie vibe from the kid as well.

Ananda Girl: When I read the Lysol ad I was incredulous. That was offensive on so many levels, not to mention unhealthy.

Nowadays they still have chubby clothes but they just label them Almost-But-Not-Quite-Anorexic Wear. It sells better.

CrazyBunnyLay: Glad you liked it.

cube said...

Laura B.: That's a scary thought.

Birdwoman: Eyepatch dude was one of several of those ads that I actually do remember. I always wondered what happened to his eye.

Chuck: Yeah, the decidedly creepy look on that kid is disconcerting. I don't know how they didn't spot it in the development stage.

The kids in #8 would not inspire me to eat chocolate or anything else they were selling.

Yeah, #6 was unbelievable.

cube said...

Brenda Jean: Yeah, little Damiena Thorn.

Ouch is right. I'll never look at Lysol the same way again.

DaBlade: lol.

Crazy4coens: Spot on. OMG on many levels.

Z: She does resemble the Bad Seed, doesn't she?

Beckeye: Go ahead and laugh, but I must say that it wasn't easy keeping the meteorites from crashing into my own children's tub at bathtime.

AlwaysOnWatch: Yeah, those of us who remember do remember that retro wasn't always better.

Anonymous said...

Just what exactly was so creepy about the Daisy Christmas ad?

Christmas is as great a time to give kids their first air rifle, or shotgun, or any other firearm, Santa, or their parents feel they deserve.

Especially when they've been good.

Those who object are certainly unfettered by me when they supply their children with chairman Mao products or glory hole supplies!

Sommeone has to grow up and act like adults in this country! We can't all grow up to be Gov't subsidized loafers dreaming of violating farm animals!


Brooke said...


Hubby says yikes, too! :)

cube said...

QQ: I remember those Daisy BB gun ads and have nothing against them... they're all fun & games until someone puts their eye out!

Brooke: Some of these ads are definitely yikes-inducing ;-)

J said...

Ok, I'm practically at a loss for words with Lysol. I can't believe that is brags about out performing salt and soda when it comes to feminine hygiene. Wow. Just wow.

cube said...

Jess: I agree wholeheartedly. Ewwww is the word that comes to my mind. OK, its not really a word, but you catch my drift.

Stewart said...

nice link. Thanks for sharing.  

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