There's something about those innocent and kitschy vintage ads that makes us smile. That is, until we start reading the fine--or not-so-fine--print. Giving sugary soda to a baby was a good idea? Cartons of cigarettes made wonderful Christmas gifts? Cocaine helped toothaches? On what planet was this ever possible? Sure, we know the true health impacts of these products now, but decades ago when the mad men of Madison Avenue were creating advertising campaigns, few people thought there was anything wrong with doctors recommending smoking.
This 7-Up ad shows an 11-month-old happily swigging soda from a bottle. The drink is so pure and wholesome, the ad says, "you can even give it to babies and feel good about it." Yikes. Click through the gallery and take a step back in time to see how other products used to be peddled as healthful.