Category: Adverts

My Horrible Hands, 1939

Hand-shaming here in 1939 by Hinds Honey and Almond hand cream. “I try to hide my horrible hands,” says a woman whose hands are dried out from the washing and housework at home. To...

No More Drunkenness, 1909

This is a kind of anti-Rohypnol advert from 1909. It’s a product that you surreptitiously slip into the unaware’s drink in order to sober them up. “No More Drunkenness” is promised with “the Great...

Stale Foot Acid, 1939

It feels like there’s always something new to be body-conscious about. A new zone that hair should be entirely removed from or else some hidden part of the body that now, apparently, should be bleached. Of...

Christmas Gift Ideas, 1791

It’s the time of year where every magazine and newspaper has its gift guides – for him, for her, for the kids, presents under £50, under £10, inexplicably expensive stocking presents, even stocking presents...

Cigarettes for Sore Throats, 1922

Craven A cork-tipped Virginia cigarettes – not only does their cork tip prevent “wet end”, but “you’ll not know what real cigarette enjoyment is” without them. “You should smoke them because they’re made specially...