This collection of vintage cigarette ads were collected by the Stanford School of Medicine reveal that our negative views of smoking around children are actually fairly new. From the looks of things, smoking with your kid was quite normal. Tobacco companies in those days crossed all limits to encourage smoking, including the use of infants in their ads. The ads are part of Stanford's research into the impact of tobacco advertising. Want to learn more about their research? Check it out here. Via: Hankermag
If we look back in time, when parents apparently didn't seem overly concerned with infant or child safety, we can behold some very weird or outstandingly stupid and dangerous inventions. All of these were really real things, some of them weren't mass produced or marketed, but ALL of them will make you shake your head few times. Via: How To Be a Dad
"In a parallel universe" is a series of fictional images, recreated from real ads in the mad men era, that question modern day sexism: showing it through a humorous light to spark a conversation through role play by visual artist Eli Rezkallah "Last Thanksgiving, I overheard my uncles talk about how women are better off cooking, taking care of the kitchen, and fulfilling "their womanly duties". Although I know that not all men think that way I was surprised to learn that some still do, so I went on to imagine a parallel universe, where roles are inverted and men are given a taste of their own sexist poison." — Eli Rezkalla. Via: Plastik Magazine
Haddon Sundblom, a commercial illustrator, was commissioned for an advertising campaign for Coca Cola that would have much longer lasting impact than he could imagine. Although some artists had previously illustrated simliar versions of Santa, Sundblom's images of Santa in Coca Cola advertisements in the 1930's through the 1960's were a hit, and cemented in the public mind what Santa looked like. Here are a sampling of the advertisements through the first 25 years of this campaign.
Michael Jang had been hired to take a photograph of each person who auditioned for the job of weather reporter at a San Francisco TV station, which was having a contest to fill the position: "In 1983, a local TV station held a contest for anyone who wanted a chance at reporting the weather. My role was to take head shots of contestants after each screen test. Five winners were chosen out of nearly one hundred applicants. The pictures were never used, but I developed the negatives anyway (without proofing them). These images had been lost until recently and I am seeing them for the very first time." "Summer Weather" is the series of these headshots, and they are a unique look at a very specific segment of 1980s life. Via: Design you trust/ Vintag.es
When mankind emerged from the primordial ooze that was that was the 1940s, homes began a rapid upgrade. The Western nations' economies grew in tandem with technology, and the benefits began to enter the home in the form of appliances that promised to transform the household. Now you could own a toaster – oh, the possibilities! Via: Flashback