Visit the bizarre old days of advertising

Trotting out children to peddle your wares can, at times, come across as a tad exploitative. (We’re looking at you, life-insurance companies; while we’re at it, you, too, presidential candidates.) But some products absolutely demand that a tyke get the spotlight — after all, how else to promote Nembutal for children? That drug’s advertisement, found among a collection of old and extremely creepy ads at the site Weirdomatic, reveals that parents in the 1950s were encouraged to pump Junior full of the calming elixir at the very first sign of pep.

Several of the collected ads are for products no longer in circulation, such as Max Factor’s Beauty Micrometer — a metallic mask used to analyze facial flaws. A plug for Thorazine promises “prompt control of senile agitation” as Grandpa angrily swings a cane at off-camera agitators (presumably on his lawn). What’s with sedating the elderly and children? The biggest smile in the entire collection can be found on the face of a cartoon French swine, happily slicing himself up for your dining pleasure.

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