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6 Old Controversial Ads You Wouldn’t Believe Existed

If you want to market your product, what first comes to your mind? Ads. Advertisements have always been the first step of marketing. In earlier days, they would mostly be on newspapers, billboards etc compared to the online world now. It used to be very difficult and expensive to get an ad earlier. Now anyone with an Instagram account can do it.

Although it was difficult to reach a lot people know about your business back then, censor board wasn’t very hard on them. You’ll see why these ads could be considered controversial.

1. The drink for babies

Controversial billboard ad

Coco Cola was new to the market and they advertised their drink by raising a question among people. The ad is literally encouraging parents to make their infants drink Coco Cola. Here’s the text from ad:

Laboratory tests over the last few years have proven that babies who start drinking soda during tha early formative period have a much higher chance of gaining acceptance and "fitting in" during those awkward pre-teen and teen years.So, do yourself a favor. Do your child a favor. Start them on a strict regimen of sodas and other sugary carbonated beverages right now.

And this is not true as we all know now. Don’t know how many kids fell victim to this. Now we know why we have censor board.

2. The smoking santa

The company surely didn’t believe in the story of Santa bringing presents to the kids. The aim of the ad was to suggest that a pack of Lucky Strikes would make the perfect gift for Christmas.

Related: 5 Psychological Tactics Used By Companies To Influence Customers

3. Every morning’s a Smirnoff morning

Controversial billboard ad

Alcoholic beverages are promoted today as well but not like this. They are promoting alcoholism.

This 1958 billboard ad is of famous vodka brand, Smirnoff. As we can see, the woman is bedraggled sitting by herself at the breakfast with a glass of vodka in one hand.

4. Always buy Chesterfield


A kid promotion cigarettes? I really don’t understand what they had against kids in olden times!

They are clearly encouraging kids to gift their fathers a pack of cigarettes.

5. Don’t worry darling, you didn’t burn the beer


In today’s world which is all about women’s equality, this ad would have been the most controversial of all.

The ad features a misogynistic remark by a man who is stereotyping a woman, not surprising though.

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6. Cocaine toothache drops

Controversial billboard ad
Lloyd Manufacturing Co

They are promoting a drug which is illegal now as a remedy for toothache. And not just that, they are garaunteeing it to be of instantaneous cure featuring little children.

The whole ad reeks of controversy.