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Entertaining retro adverts

In the fictional world of Mad Men, the advertising industry of yesteryear is witty, effortlessly cool and impossibly glamorous. Unfortunately, the adverts from that era and beyond don't seem quite as slick today.

In the days before strict laws governing the industry, advertisers could let their imaginations run wild - resulting in ads that are almost kitsch in their ignorance of political correctness, feminism and basic medical science (smoking, healthy? Sure). We've dug through the archives and unearthed some of the most entertaining adverts from the last century - with cheesy photos, hilarious slogans and bizarre products for you to chuckle over.

Click an image to view the ads in more detail.



Revealed: the original idea for Disney's Frozen was far darker

The animated ode to sisterhood started off far more sinister

30 Mar 2017

Quiz: which Buffy the Vampire Slayer character are you?

It’s time to find out your place in the Scooby Gang, once and for all…

by Kayleigh Dray
30 Mar 2017

This proposal post makes an important point about how we use Facebook

He "proposed" nine times in a day

by Hayley Spencer
30 Mar 2017

Revealed: the best language for English speakers to learn

If you're thinking of taking lessons this might make your mind up

30 Mar 2017

A pizza playground is coming to London

Everyone's going to want a slice of this (sorry)

by Hayley Spencer
30 Mar 2017

These tweets will remind you why Muslim Women's day was needed

Social media users wanted to remind everyone why Muslim women's voices need amplifying

30 Mar 2017

Netflix now lets you request the shows you actually want to watch

Time to make your feelings known.

by Moya Crockett
30 Mar 2017

The Glastonbury line-up has been confirmed

Male acts outnumber female 62 to 24.

by Hayley Spencer
30 Mar 2017

Reese's have created a peanut butter creme egg

The ultimate Easter treat?

by Sarah Biddlecombe
30 Mar 2017

The top 5 food and drink trends you’ll be seeing at weddings this year

The rise of the brunch wedding (we’re on board)

by Amy Swales
30 Mar 2017