Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all our wonderful readers. In celebration of Mother's Day, I offer you some vintage images of mothers from advertising days gone by. Prepare to be amused, and horrified. 

They grew up so fast in the past.

In the days before drinking Pabst was ironic.


Yolanda Renee said...


Although, at least then it was done openly. Now it's well hidden and we're all suckers!


MK Chester said...

LOL--start cola earlier. Awesome!

Zoe Byrd said...

could you pass the cigarettes, cola and DDT please...oh yeah and put my four year old in a bra.

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jeffm12012 said...

There's some Photoshop fakery afoot here. The "cola" ad is an outright spoof (though frequently reprinted online) by an artist who combines images from old ads and creates new text. (Another one of his fakes is an ad for horse meat margarine.)

Here is an article on some of the more common fake "retro" ads.

jeffm12012 said...

Forgot to mention the DDT ad is mostly real, except for the "Killing Salt" logo, which is pretty crudely faked. The actual ad was for the Pennsalt Chemical Co., now Arkema, Inc. (which explains the profile of William Penn in the center.) The actual ad can be found on line without too much difficulty.

The tone of so many of these spoof ads is "oh, weren't people stupid back then, while we're ever-so-clever." DDT really was in its time a great advance in pesticide chemistry, as most previous insecticides contained large amounts of arsenic, mercury, and/or lead.

There are also numerous fake record covers are too often accepted as real online, such as "Captain Alan Hale's Roman Orgy," "James Mason and the Chipmunks," "Karl Malden Reads the Speeches of LBJ," and "My Lips Were Made For Blowing," by the fictitious Svetlana Gruebbersolvik.