Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Vintage Ads: Women

Last week I posted a 1950's ad that showed an office male, frustrated at a secretary's responses to a franking machine, ask "Is it always illegal to kill a woman?" 

I received a couple of comments expressing amazement that such an ad was allowed, even in the 1950's.

Notwithstanding that atitudes were different then, the thinking goes, there are some things so basic, so wrong - racism, misogynism, discrimination, intolerance, bigotry etc - that there should have been hostility to such ads even then. 

Not so.  In case you think that the franking machine ad was an isolated instance of sanctioned violence against women, look at the atitudes behind these ads from the 1950's and 1960's: 

(Click on pics to enlarge)


  1. Hi, do you have sources for those vintage ads? I could use them for a school essay I have to write. I'd be great if you could help me with that.


  2. Hi, sorry I didn't respond earlier. The ads are from various internet sources but they in turn don't necessarily source the original publishers. Some of the other Bytes with ads do source the origin. Regards


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