"10, no, make that 15"

2008
Jan
9

Okay, one of those listbloggers – you know 10 Best this, 5 Worst that – came up with a collection of pictures of what it called the 10 Creepiest Old Ads, and a fairly nice collection it is, with a baby suffering from Marlboro-envy, a 1979 airline ad for flights to New York with an airplane shadowing over… well, guess (and extra creepy points for it being for the national airline of Pakistan), “Blow (Smoke) in her Face and She’ll Follow You Anywhere” (yeah, did that EVER work?), a WWII poster with a girl who really does look pretty clean, Thorazine for Cranky Old Men, another age-inappropriate baby, a WWII Victory Bonds scare ad, a smoking Santa (that’s where the baby picked it up), a wife getting spanked for buying the wrong coffee (what consenting adults do in the privacy of their homes is fine, just don’t take it to Starbucks), and a French Pig slicing himself into sausage (there is a whole blog dedicated to “Suicide Food” which I heartily recommend).

But mixed in with the old ads was some new advertising that, in keeping with Google AdSense’s famous ability to match ad to content, were pretty creepy too.
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(No, you may not click any of these here. They’re not my ads. Not on my site.)

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