#TBT: 10 Vintage Ads Featuring Creepy Kids

We like a good #TBT because vintage visual content provides plenty of inspiration. From classic ads to historic data visualization, plenty of things from the past still hold up. But some things should definitely be forgotten by history. While perusing the plethora of vintage ads on the Internet, we noticed a surprising trend: a lot of vintage ads geared toward kids have a creep factor turned up to 11. Whether it’s the inappropriate products being sold or the Children of the Corn vibe in the way they’re depicted, it’s a little unnerving. Here are a few of our faves. 

One Size Does NOT Fit All: How Tom Burrell Changed the World of Advertising

Before Tom Burrell, the advertising world was a very different place. But in the age of Mad Men, he was something different, too: an African-American man in advertising.

Can We Go? The ‘Jurassic World’ Website Will Make You Think It’s a Real Place

Ever since Jurassic Park wowed us in 1993, people have been dreaming about bringing an amusement park like it to life – or at least the dinosaurs in it. The website for the latest film Jurassic World will make you believe this actually happened.

Delta Airlines Made a Meme-Filled Safety Video You’ll Actually Want to Watch

We don’t get too many opportunities to write about airline safety videos, and there’s a pretty good reason: they are stare-into-space-dreaming-about-anything-else BORING. Then you have this version from Delta.

At 6 minutes long, it easily exceeds the length of your average safety video, but you’ll probably watch every second. Why? They’ve filled it to the brim with the internet’s favorite memes, from Overly Attached Girlfriend and Keyboard Cat, to the Double Rainbow guy and the shark suit wearing Roomba cat.

An Astronaut’s Daughter Sends A Heartfelt Message to Space Using Huge Tire Tracks

Being an astronaut’s daughter isn’t easy, especially when your dad lives on the International Space Station. First there’s years of intense training and time away from home, then the real distance happens – you don’t get a more remote job than working in space. 13-year-old Stephanie from Houston is in that situation, and wanted to send her dad a message he’d really remember. With the help of Hyundai and a team of stunt drivers she sent a message her dad could read from space.

Dresses Made from Crayola Crayons for Bloomingdales NYC

Crayons might be used for sketching dress ideas, but they’ve probably never been used to actually make dresses. Bloomingdale’s recently worked with six popular fashion designers who had created pieces for the 100% Bloomingdale’s Spring campaign. For this project however, they were given lots of Crayola crayons to create a fashionable statement for the window display at the iconic Bloomingdale’s store on 59th Street in Manhattan. In total, the designers used about 18,000 crayons to complete the work. Color us impressed!

“Merry Christmas Honey! I Got You a Vacuum!” 16 Awkwardly Vintage Christmas Ads

They sure don’t make ’em like they used to… especially when it comes to Christmas advertisements. They were sexist, weird and even downright unhealthy. So grab your matching family pajamas, light up a few smokes, and take a trip down memory lane with these gloriously bad mid-century ads.

IKEA Perfectly Parodies Apple in Their Latest Catalogue Launch – The ‘bookbook’

You really have to love IKEA sometimes. Their latest catalogue launch is a hilarious sendup of an Apple ad – pulling off the announcement with the perfect dose of fanatical sincerity Apple does so well.

“Once in a while, something comes along that changes the way we live, a device so simple and intuitive, using it feels almost familiar,” says Jorgen Eghammer, IKEAs “Chief Design Guru.”

Flipping Awesome: Jeep’s New Campaign is Just as Cool Upside Down

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Remember that old lady/ young lady optical illusion back in the day? Well Leo Burnett has created a modern day version featuring adorable animals. With a 180 degree turn, an endearing deer becomes a handsome seal, an Asian elephant becomes a graceful duck, and a majestic giraffe transforms into a playful penguin. The campaign is for Jeep with a tagline “See whatever you want to see.” We’ve done the flipping for you below for each set, so you don’t have to do any acrobatics or computer flipping. If this doesn’t make you want to buy a Jeep, I don’t know what will!

This Lush Floating Billboard Cleans the Water Below

Advertising that also serves the greater good? Now that’s something different. This floating billboard is covered in Vetiver; a perennial, non-invasive grass which has found popular used treating wastewater; even when it’s high in nitrates, phosphates and heavy metals. In this case it’s been used to spell CLEAN RIVER SOON, a hopeful message along the highly polluted Pasig River in the Philippines. It’s creators say systems like this have been shown to clean between 2 and 8 thousand gallons of water per day, and simultaniously, it creates a much more inviting place to stroll.