18 Ads From 1915 That Prove We’ve Come A Long Way In 100 Years

It was a big year for WTF, apparently. Looking at you, Kellogg’s.

1. This dead-eyed Kellogg’s kid who has been haunting nightmares for the last century.

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I’m so sorry, J.C. Leyendecker, you’re my illustration hero, but like, no.
2. This ad that urges boys to grow mushrooms in discreet places for money, for some reason.

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Seems legit.
3. This story entitled “Women Don’t Understand Things” in Good Housekeeping Magazine.

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What a gorgeous woman. Too bad she doesn’t understand things!
4. This ad that proclaims the wonders of DIY taxidermy, “which has long been kept a secret.”

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Finally, those bastards at the Evil Taxidermy Guild have released their secrets to the public! At long last, we can all reap the benefits of at-home taxidermy!!
5. This dictionary ad that contains “puzzling war words.”

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Contraband? Belligerent? Blockade? Transylvania?! Puzzling indeed!
6. This extremely un-appetizing baked potato.

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I’m gonna pass on shaking that “glad hand,” but thanks.
7. This freckle-hating company.

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Uhh, just rude.
8. This adorable tyke playing with a saw, while his proud father looks on.

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“Son, it’s your third birthday. You must prove you’re worthy of this family. Start sawing. Not my leg, son.”
9. This very urgent plea to buy a “Vital Book Private Lessons on Sex Force the Vital Power”…whatever that means.

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OK, OK! It’s vital! I get it!
10. Also, this:

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I mean, this book seems less weird than the other one, tbh.
11. This beer company whose target demographic is motorists.

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For when you’re, you know, just driving around in your car with no roof.
12. This cure-all elixir called “SA-TAN-IC,” that “brings mental sunshine.”

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“SA-TAN-IC makes you ‘sunny’,” eh? “SA-TAN-IC ‘for all the world,’” you say? Sign me up!!
13. This terrifying electrical treatment meant to make young children grow taller.

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Why bother waiting for your son to hit that growth spurt? There’s always electricity!
14. This little boy who’s super excited to go the dentist to get his new teeth.

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Alright, to be fair, a full set of teeth for $3 is a great deal. I’ll give Dr. Leslie that.
15. This very high-stakes word game.

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Well, sure, back then bread only cost a nickel, and a horse only cost an ‘a’ and an ‘o’.
16. This vibrator…that even a child can use?

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Or help you use??
17. These creepy-ass babies showering in the talcum powder of a disembodied hand.

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It’s common knowledge that zombie babies love talcum powder!
18. This corset that supposedly provides “great relief.”

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Somehow, I highly doubt that.