Ads From the Past – #13

“Action pants” with an “Action zone!”  “Now with an extra large snack sack!”

We all knew that women couldn’t drive!


An ad you won’t see anymore


Babies can drink 7-Up!


Love’s baby soft – because innocence is sexier than you think.


Ok.  Toritto is done posting ads from my youth.

We have come a long way (at least a goodly number of us) in half a century plus.  Women have empowered themselves; racial and ethnic groups now have a voice; gay folks can marry and women can choose.

It wasn’t always so and that time when it was not is not ancient history.  Just a few decades after these ads were common in every newspaper and magazine we now find their inherent misogyny and racism shocking.

Are we being too “P.C?”

Does not using or accepting the language in these ads make us all less free?  I think not.

One can still stand up anywhere in this nation and use any language he or she wishes.  You just can’t expect to do it on someone elses dime

.Companies may still print such ads or produce such commercials.  Now however they have learned that there are consequences for speech which large groups find demeaning or insulting.  That’s capitalism.

It has been decades since I heard the words grease ball, guinea, wop or dago to my face.


About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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5 Responses to Ads From the Past – #13

  1. beetleypete says:

    ‘Snack sack’! Hilarious.
    Even back then, that was too much!
    Glad it’s gone.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Don Ostertag says:

    Excellent series. Wonderful wrap up. We don’t have these anti women ads anymore. Now I wish we could get rid of the tasteless ads that have taken over TV.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. leggypeggy says:

    Whew, glad that’s over.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. jfwknifton says:

    I think that the USA could take a huge step forward by making race hate speech a crime. It just isn’t free speech to expect the right to be nasty to other people.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Jennie says:

    “Women are soft and gentle but they hit things.” Those are the first words in the Volkswagen Ad. Sigh! We have some a long way.

    Liked by 1 person

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