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Entertaining retro adverts

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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.

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    Bad parenting tip number 1: Milk? No. Feed your newborn 'pure' 7up instead!

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    Bad parenting tip number 2: It's never too early to start shaving.

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    Now, if you were bald, would you really be getting this excited about a hairdryer?

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    We don't think we need to elaborate on this innuendo.

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    Our thoughts exactly.

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    If that's what "cutting loose" looks like, count us in.

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    Want better behaved children who achieve at school? Then be sure to plonk them in front of the TV.

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    A gourmet lunch for just 42 cents - yum.

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    We wish our dreams looked like that.

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    Proof that actors are a different breed altogether.

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    Because you never know when you'll need to flee your burning house in your underwear...

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    How we wish "Shirtin' With Danger" was a real song.

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    Turns out it's actually soup men think about every seven seconds.

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    We wouldn't be so "relaxed" with that waiter on duty.

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    One food launch that sadly didn't stand the test of time.

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    We'd be slightly irked if our bosses announced that too.

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    A tragic tale of thwarted romance.

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    A woman needs the correct tools if she's to fulfil her wifely obligations.

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    Erm...yes.

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    Listen in! The girls are talking about tampons. Who wouldn't want to miss this?

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    To douche or not to douche? Best consult the "modern woman's" guide to keeping "the delicate zone" fresh and clean.

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    We wonder if Kellog's have the facts and figures to back up this bold claim. Probably not.

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    Polaroid Sunglassses do such a good job of shading your eyes, you can't even see that you've left the tags on.

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    A classic chat-up line from the 1970s - ideally delivered wearing an eye patch and carrying a parrot on your shoulder.

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    Look kids - even Santa does it.

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    Nothing sells hair accessories like a bodiless woman.

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    Another ad aimed at the douching lady, along with a coupon to claim a free "enlightening new booklet containing frank discussion of intimate physical facts". Surely essential reading.

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    Housewives - this is what happens if you don't use the right brand of coffee. Might be time to get a divorce.

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    This brand of liquid quinine (a drug used to treat malaria) has some interesting side effects...

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    A revolution in boxed tissue administration.

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    Cigarettes - they'll give you that nice throaty voice all singers aspire too.

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    How could anyone say no to this?

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    Clear instructions for women who want to get a Christmas present.

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    Woody Allen as you have never seen him before.

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    The perfect gift for modern mothers - a one way ticket to a smoking habit.

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