How Much the World Has Changed presents 41 advertisements from days gone by that you would never see today. There are many remarkable ads among them. For instance, in one ad, a little girl is shown lying in bed with a doll … and a revolver.

Many of the ads highlight how much the interaction between men and women has changed. In one ad, the husband consoles the wife who has burned dinner, because at least she “didn’t burn the beer.” (Actually, that sounds like something I might say.)

My very favorite, however, you have to see to believe. I’m surprised they didn’t shave her eyebrows as well.


Obviously some of these from the 60s and 70s were created by the Mad Men. Seemed like good ideas at the time.....

Eric M. Jones

Steven...some of these seem okay today. There are tons of these found by searching the Google digitizations of early popular magazines.

But one of my faves (and I wish I had a better copy of it ) is:


Don't worry... you didn't burn your Schlitz


Why do I get the feeling these were presented by as a passive-aggressive way of saying "look how out of control Political Correctness has become"?


Notice that sexy women were used to sell all sorts of goods (generators?) even back then. No change in PC about that

Matthew R.

#4 (James)

Why must you assign nefarious motives to Fox News? Do you really think that someone at Fox intended to generate nostalgia for the good ol' days by showing these ads?

Over the past year or two I've seen similar sorts of retrospective spreads on other websites, such as Slate, MSNBC, and perhaps another I can't bring to mind. I guess the conspiracy runs deeper than we had first imagined.


Thanks, I got a new Facebook profile picture (number 37).

Jeff #3

I agree with #6 here. As many issues that I have with Fox News, thinking that this is a disguised attack piece on how politically-correct is being a little paranoid.

Features like this are fairly common..... and unfortunately always presented as a page-hit boosting slide show of 'look what I found' and never with any actual commentray on them.


Actually, there is some commentary -- short, sometimes snarky cracks on the upper right near each image. These make it clear that the persons responsible for the gallery are amused and sometimes appalled by the thought processes of the past.

I infer that the image with the generator is not a real ad, because "spindizzy" was the name for an antigravity device in James Blish's "Cities in Flight". The fact that the ad copy uses the words "galaxy" and "gravitation" reinforces my view. Anyone know where this came from?

My LOL favorite was for Blatz beer -- I'm sending it to a friend who just gave birth.


#36, the "Graviton Polarity Generator" ad is obviously a work of fiction (Google and Wikipedia confirm it). I think FoxNews was had on that one.

Garvit Sah

Shocked at the way smoking was promoted and with the sexist nature of most ads.


Most of these ads don't look much different than ads that are around today.

And what's with their commentary on the Apple ad: "Remember Apple computers? Yeah, neither do we - cool name though." They don't remember Apple computers? Are they really that dumb to not make the connection between this ad and the current Apple computers--and the fact that it's the same company?


The model your favorite ad appears to be Sinead O'Connor or a look-alike. I don't know when O'Connor shaved her head, but I would check the date against the year this ad was created. There's probably a tie-in.


bree: possibly a reference to Apple changing their name from "Apple Computer" to just "Apple" in 2007?