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Creepy Old Ads

Posted July 31, 2007
Updated August 1, 2007

What kinds of twisted minds would produce images of a shaving baby, an anthropomorphized carrot (complete with monocle) and a pig slicing itself to make sausage?

Why, the minds of advertising executives, of course! 

UPDATE: Here's a super-creepy ad for McDonald's in India. It is at once frightening and repulsive.


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  • Brian Shrader Aug 1, 2007

    Along the same lines, I suggest visiting James Lileks' blog: ( and his pictures of weird old cookbooks.

    The man is a comic genius. I can credit many laugh-induced headaches to his commentary.

  • thefensk Aug 1, 2007

    We're still keeping up. Saw one last night for skittles, a MAN is hooked up to milking machine with another guy complaining that the milk was sour due to the sour candy the first guy was eating. eeewwwwww!

  • North Carolina Native Aug 1, 2007

    the pig is definitely the nastiest one! I like seeing old ads... Thanks Brian.

  • Steve Crisp Jul 31, 2007

    The funniest commercial in history.

    I have a copy of it at:

    It has some bad language, but it is an abaolute riot.

  • Smorgas_Of_Borg Jul 31, 2007

    This Scott Tissue ad from the 1950's 'red scare' days is my all-time favorite creepy old ad. Kinda gives a new meaning to "Communist movement".

  • Drifter Jul 31, 2007

    They're not as scary as this ad ...

  • strolling bones Jul 31, 2007

    the quinozo commmericals...the guy suckling the wolf...sick sick sick

  • Brian Shrader Jul 31, 2007

    I love them all, but I think the freakish carrot is my favorite.

  • thefensk Jul 31, 2007

    My late mother-in-law collected cookbooks and we continue the collection. Came across an oddball item the other day, a product brochure/cookbook for Knox Gelatin from the 1930s. Pretty standard stuff and then I saw their logo: a smiling young bovine face! I guess they later decided that people didn't want to remember where gelatin came from.

  • RaleighRob Jul 31, 2007

    Some creepy ones for sure. But I have to say the one that was the most disturbing is the one advertising Lysol as a feminine hygiene product. Yikes!




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