Advertisements have been shaping societal values for centuries. They offer advice for how to best “fit in” to the mainstream culture. As our values change, not always for the better, it is fun to look back on the messages that people took to heart before our time. The featured Tumblr this week is called QuestionableAdvice and it is a collection of advertisements from the past. The ads below are just a small selection of the bounty of hilarious advice that you will find on the Tumblr, including a Domino Sugar diet. You can also follow Questionable Advice on Twitter and Facebook.
Below: Every Woman’s Encyclopaedia, c. 1910-1912 via Internet Archive
Canada Dry Ginger Ale ad, 1972 via Flickr
San Rafael Cook Book, 1906 via Archive.org
Gordon Mackay & Co. Ltd, 1922 via Archive.org
Eddy’s “Silent” Parlor Matches, Canadian Almanac, 1910 via Internet Archive
Levi’s, 1971 via Flickr
Cosmopolitan June-November 1910 (v.49) via HathiTrust Digital Library