Creepiest Print Ads From the Last 100 Years
The Ghost Diaries is a big fan of creepy old pictures. Recently, we stumbled upon a site called VintageAdBrowser.com and combed through their impressive archives of old print ads. Some of their ads date as far back as the 1850′s. As we sorted through old war-time propaganda and pulp Marlboro ads, we realized that there were several that could just as well be horror movie covers.
We’re not sure what product this is advertising–probably alcohol–but this demon couldn’t possibly appeal to any consumer on the Earth…maybe this ad is from Hell. Or an early manifestation of the White Rascal beer demon.
It’s fairly baffling that Michelin would think to advertise themselves as being a motorist’s only defense against a giant monster made of storm clouds. Do they think of adult consumers as toddlers?
Perhaps we’ve read this all wrong–it’s actually a metaphor for geo-engineering. Or an omen for climate change.
The question mark sums this one up nicely…what the hell is this?
A Dark Spirit
Why this would be considered an advertisement for anything, much less alcohol, is beyond us. Perhaps alcoholics in the 1940s liked poetic depictions of their slow descents into cirrhosis. We think it’s creepy and we don’t like it.
Communist snake monster
We conjecture that this is an early century Communist propaganda ad depicting industrial capitalism as an evil snake monster…we’d hate to see what they put for Stalin’s animal spirit.
Kill the Americans!
Is there any other meaning to this horrific image? Is that bug spray killing flies??
At first, this image seems like a harmless meat ad from the ’50s. Then you see the demon baby on the side…and you began to have an acid flashback.
Just a big bowl of wrong.
Your neighborhood butcher wants your hand…just your hand.