Advertisements from long, long ago — get in shape edition

Some vintage advertisements from the Bluebird of Bitterness!

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  1. PorterGirl
    Sep 21, 2016 @ 10:36:45


  2. Some-stormy-night
    Sep 21, 2016 @ 11:03:04

    love that vintage look

  3. MeRaw
    Sep 21, 2016 @ 11:15:20

    My mum was a model in the forties/fifties, and did a magazine advert for Bile Beans!

  4. sheldonk2014
    Sep 21, 2016 @ 14:36:08

    Sad thing is I remember some of this

    • sepultura13
      Sep 21, 2016 @ 23:14:14

      It amazes me that “sanitized tapeworms” used to be sold as dietary aids…then again, the so-called “bust-enhancement cream” is strange as well!

  5. 2loud2oldmusic
    Sep 21, 2016 @ 15:15:55

    Love looking at all the old gimmicks people used to try and sell and then think about all the crap that is offered now. Nothing has really changed other than it is just different gimmicks.

    • sepultura13
      Sep 21, 2016 @ 23:18:13

      LOL – too true! The saying “there’s a sucker born every minute” is just as true now as it was when it was originally uttered.

  6. dancingpalmtrees
    Sep 21, 2016 @ 16:40:05

    Way back in the 1960s My Mom and I tried a product called Wate-On which was supposed to help you gain weight. The nasty chalky taste was so bad that we decided to toss it in the garbage. Yuck!! Both my parents were born in 1930 and came of age in the 40s. If you look back at movies from those eras, 30s, 40s & 50s everybody smoked even women. It was not until much later that cigarettes were recognized as the cause of cancer and various lung illness. My Dad smoked from age 17 to 50.

    As for the breast enhancement ads. It may seem funny to us now but if you’re a Member of the Itty Bitty Titty Committee like myself I wanted those miracle boobs more than the prize in a box of Cracker Jacks!! My Mother was a full-breasted woman however I took from my Dad’s side. All his sisters were flat-chested. It would be nice to fill out my dresses and blouses from the top. When I was dating and even now I mostly get compliments on my legs. Obviously men who are attracted to me are not looking for Dolly Parton.

    • sepultura13
      Sep 21, 2016 @ 23:21:25

      LOL – Dolly Parton has breast implants! Too many women carve themselves up and are content to be body parts marketed like cuts of meat at a butcher shop, IMHO.

      I’m not as endowed as my sisters…and “bust-boosting” bras are made far better than they were when I was in high-school.

      Anyone worth anything likes the whole package – not just bits and pieces of a person.

  7. eths
    Sep 21, 2016 @ 19:13:40

    Yes, I lived through all of those ads. I remember when I went to college, the first day on campus they were handing out free cigarettes.

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