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By Dena Martin
The Times 

Advertising: The good, the bad and the ugly


February 14, 2019

A column by Dena Martin

It's always fun browsing through past issues of The Times, especially when it comes to perusing advertisements from bygone years. Times have certainly changed. In some ways for the better, and in others, not so much.

Ads of the past were far from politically correct. I did a bit of Googling on ads from the 20s through 50s and found some gems.

A series of ads from the 30s urged women to use Iodized yeast to prevent being "skinny." According to some of these ads, men were "disgusted" by thin women. Hmmmm.

An ad showing a baby with a bottle of cola asks parents 'How s...

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