They say you have to explore the past to understand the present. Like leafing through historic photos that change our perspective or discovering places consecrated by time and the stories behind them. Visuals help us get a glimpse of moments we’ve long forgotten or weren’t even aware of. But there are illustrations, like old-fashioned advertisements, that offer heaps of wisdom about how our attitudes have been shaped and are often overlooked.
So get ready for a blast from the past, as a corner of Reddit called “Vintage Advertisements” shares plenty of hilarious and outrageous advertisements that haven’t aged so gracefully. Members of this online community leave us poking fun at past behaviors and reminding us of all that humanity has achieved over the past decades, and their efforts do not go unnoticed.
From “Enter the Grunge!” to “Should you drink if you’re pregnant?”, these ads prove hindsight really is 20/20. We at bored panda have collected some of their best examples and put them together in one list, all for your entertainment. So keep scrolling and vote for your favorites! And if you’ve ever stumbled across ads that are just begging to be laughed at, we’d love to hear all about them in the comments below.