The perfect cure for “Mad Men” withdrawal

The French news site’s collected 48 especially outré magazine advertisements: seeing them in one place made us realize that Mad Men is actually cinéma vérité, in ways we’d never imagined.

The collection’s split into six parts: Sexism (“Christmas morning she’ll be happier with a Hoover!”), Smoking (“As your dentist, I would recommend Viceroys!”), Alcohol (here, some French ads appear), Racism (the ads in this section are painful to look at, and too terrible to quote), Infants (one of these ads was clearly designed to appeal to pedophiles) and an extra, catch-all category (which includes an advertisement for Thorazine). It’s a strange reminder that contemporary society really has moved us quite a ways up the evolutionary ladder.

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