Cocaine for Toothache and Fashion for ‘Chubbies’: Outrageous Adverts From the Past That Would Never Be Allowed Today

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They’re incredible by today’s standards, but once upon a time these adverts were perfectly acceptable.

From an ad that claims smoking is healthy to one telling mothers they should give Coca-Cola to their babies, these shocking posters give a fascinating insight into a time gone by.

One even tries to promote cocaine a remedy for toothache.

Pushing the boundaries: Britain's advertising watchdog would have something to say about this advert for Cocaine Toothache Drops if it came out today Pushing the boundaries: Britain’s advertising watchdog would have something to say about this advert for Cocaine Toothache Drops if it came out today

‘More doctors smoke Camels than any other cigarette.’ boasts one campaign for Camel cigarettes which ran for eight years from 1946 in America.

The advert also suggests smokers use their ‘T-zone’ – taste and throat – to decide which cigarettes they like best.

The picture on this poster shows a young girl between her mother and a doctor claiming ‘I’m going to grow a 100 years old’.

Another advert for American flavoured cigarette brand Tapalet even suggests men will entice a girlfriend if they smoke the brand.

Sexist: This ad for Tipalet cigarettes suggests just smoking them with attract a girlfriend Sexist: This ad for Tipalet cigarettes suggests just smoking them with attract a girlfriend

Another ad that could cause offence - this one for American Export Lines     Not just for Christmas: This ad suggests a seasonal gift of a gun Not just for Christmas: Two adverts you wouldn’t see today, one for American Export Lines (left) and the other suggesting a gun might be a good gift

Their poster from the early 1970′s states: ‘Blow in her face and she’ll follow you anywhere.’

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