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Vintage Ads Featuring Babies & Kids That Are Totally Offensive!

Gillette Vintage Ad Baby

Vintage Ads Kids Babies

Vintage ads can be offensive, tacky, racist, outrageous, dangerous, and disturbing.

I always get a kick out of vintage advertisements and commercials via. YouTube. They are a part of our history and whether we find them offensive or cool, I still think it’s an important part of who we are and how far we have come since then.

Technology, science, medicine, and common sense — we’ve learned a lot since these advertisements were first used. Some of these ads will be a total shock, but others may give you a good laugh. Whatever it is, I find comfort knowing ads like these wouldn’t be allowed in 2014!

Baby Alice Stop Thumb Sucking

Wait.. so it’s safe? I see that it’s made of metal wire. Interesting, indeed. So, I can purchase one at my local baby store or a local surgical dealer? Cool, very cool.

Bell Telephone Vintage Ad

… for all of those times that you leave the toddler on top of the kitchen sink next to your electric mixer. At least turn and face the kids, alright?

cocaine toothache drops baby

Does that instant cure come with an instant addiction, too?!?

15 CENTS? You got a deal!

Chubby Lane Bryant Ad

“Sorry, sweetie. You cannot fit into normal teenager sizes. You are too chubby to fit into regular sizes. Luckily, I won’t have to pay more! The chubbies are priced the same as the ‘regular sizes!'” – Bargain hunter!

Cellophane Vintage Ad Babies

No words for this one… none at all.

Blatz Beer Baby Breastfeeding

“Bored while breastfeeding? No more! Get wasted with Blatz Beer!”

Gillette Vintage Ad Baby

Yeah… not a good idea.

Ivory Soap Racial Ads


Marlboro Cigarette Ad Baby

Best way to cool yourself down before scolding an infant!

Offensive ad Sun lamp baby

This will be called SKIN CANCER in a few decades.

Vintage Marlboro Ad Baby

At least dad knows how to impress his toddler while avoiding an over-smoked feeling. You go, dad!

Vintage Holiday Inn Ad

I just think the strange cat doll is a creep…

Pet Raccoon Vintage Ad

Your little one will cuddle this darling raccoon day and night. Rabies? What’s that?

Offensive advertisement racist Fairy Soap

Racist. Weird.

Vintage ad baby cola

“…. laboratory tests have proven that babies who start drinking soda during that early formative period have a much higher chance of gaining acceptance and ‘fitting in’ during those awkward pre-teen and teen years. So, do your child a favor”. 

Oh, the humanity! How soon is too soon for drugs? alcohol? Let me know so I can get started before my kids get too old!

My name is Nicole Napolitano and I am a full-time professional parenting blogger and work-at-home mom of two adorable and vivacious children (boy - 6 & girl - 2.5). I decided to develop MamaNYC in 2010 shortly (1-month) after transitioning from work-a-holic Internet marketing pro to the shoes of a stay-at-home mom (bored!). As a dedicated business manager for over 9-years, I was determined and positive that I would once again be a successful business woman -- whether or not I had a diaper bag tagging along! I am a New York City native, but relocated with my husband and our two kids to sunny Los Angeles in the summer of 2014. Leaving everything behind was scary, but it's time to make new memories. My interests include web design, Internet marketing, product development and research, SEO, movies, friends, and spending time with my family.

9 thoughts on “Vintage Ads Featuring Babies & Kids That Are Totally Offensive!

  1. Just… wow. lol. DOn’t sun starve your baby. WOW oh wow. And the cocaine one. Great idea for a blog post! I love it!

  2. Ok, I agree with you. Most of these are just horrendous! I will take up for the cellophane ad. This is NOT plastic wrap. Cellophane was different. It was a crinkly noisy plastic but not like saran wrap or plastic bags now days. That baby in the cellophane bag would totally have been able to breath. Cellophane did not stick or get sucked into airways like plastic wrap. 🙂

  3. We Chubbies still have to pay more for our clothes. Check the prices. At least $5.00-$15.00 higher in most cases. Over the years, many products have had dangerous ingredients removed. Where do you think the name Coke came from? Rootbeer had sassafras removed. As far as the pet monkey and raccoon go, you would get them rabies shots also and it wouldn’t be necessary if you kept them indoors. You have to be bitten by something rabid to get rabies. I am glad people have stop keeping them for pets, unless they are orphaned. They didh’t have the technology we have to test anything. We still get habit-forming narcotics in our prescribed pain medicines to this day. We have come a long way, thankfully!

  4. OMG I am laughing my butt off here! Some of these are like really?? especially the soda one! Maybe that was a joke/gag ad that they put out?? I don’t see how parents could believe that…even back then! LOL Hey I would have so bought a pet monkey! 😉

  5. Some of these ads are shocking and offensive. I can’t believe anyone would have put that thumb sucker device on their baby. And the Fairy Soap ad is just so racist it’s pitiful. The ad with the baby encased in cellophane is barbaric. It’s hard to believe sweet little babies and innocent children would be featured in such horrible ads.

    1. Tell me about it, Joyce! We sure have come a LONG way in marketing in the last few decades. It’s amazing. I can’t decide if it was just that ‘we didn’t know better, we thought cellophane and a thumb sucking device was OKAY/safe/healthy/a great idea!’, or there weren’t any rules in advertising, so it was ‘anything goes, push the limits and make a statement’. They’re just amazing! CELLOPHANE?! Aye!

      Thanks for reading and stopping by! 🙂

  6. Wow. I don’t even know what to say right now – except for that I want a pet monkey. lol. And beer and breastfeeding should always go hand in hand right!?!? WRONG!

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