When they’re not being horribly sexist, ads can actually be interesting. Some pretty bright people go into advertising (I know this because I like to drink whiskey while wearing a rented suit and watching Mad Men reruns), and since we’re bombarded by modern ads constantly, why not check out the most interesting stuff ad agencies cooked up back in the day? Here are some of the coolest vintage ads on the internet, courtesy of the /r/VintageAds subreddit:
This 1994 Best Buy catalog
Seriously, $90 for an SNES and A Link to the Past?
This Pepsi spread from 1990
This ad for “magic mineral” asbestos, which, if you didn’t know, KILLS PEOPLE DEAD
This stylin’ 1980 K-Mart ad starring a young Phoebe Cates
This fabulously-worded 1947 ad for Jester Wools
This insane record player from the ’70s
This old-school Coke Light ad (that’s Diet Coke to you American pig-dog filth)
This 1974 ad for a two-ton, 20 foot playground robot
This bizarre 1980s drunk-driving PSA brought to you by Coors and starring friendly barman E.T.
This ’86 Cuervo ad featuring a pre-Bond Pierce Brosnan
This ’70s ad for solid gold… “recreational accessories”
This charmingly sexist vintage ad for Drummond Sweaters
This alarming ad for a potent anti-psychotic
This wink-wink ’70s ad for the Space Needle, noted monument to Seattle’s horrifying heroin addiction
This ’50s pro-vaccination ad that is, depressingly, still relevant today
This 1967 ad for body paint (WHY DIDN’T THIS CATCH ON?)
This ’70s ad for denim boots (I SEE WHY THIS DIDN’T CATCH ON)
This Cellophane ad that hopefully did not result in any suffocated infants
Are you inspired to go buy a bunch of stuff now?