I know we all like to laugh at old homemaker ads, like where bad coffee will make your husband have an affair or the wrong douche will let the communists win, but here’s one that pushes it a step further. How? Dead babies. As the scary ad explains, a thermos keeps filthy germ-ridden flies away from the milk, and keeps the milk cold, and that means the milk won’t kill your baby. If you don’t buy this thermos, you may as well make your baby into terrible tasting instant coffee and use it to drive your husband into the arms of his secretary, because that’s what you deserve.
Back in 1951, American were clearly excited to no longer have to go outside in order to amuse themselves — and McGregor was happy to provide them with sportswear designed specifically for “America’s New Way Of Life.” Couch potatoism.
This advertisement, from 1966, makes us uncomfortable.
Before leaded toymakers, these homegrown shortchangers profiled in a 1938 issue of Mechanics and Handicraft conned “Mr. and Mrs. Buying Public” with lead-weighted ducks, berry boxes designed to look like they held more than they really did, and various deliberately faulty scales.