Creepy Vintage Ads Featuring Children

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, kids were used to promote cigarettes, firearms, drugs and much more. Many of the ads — which feature things like cellophane-wrapped infants and gun-toting toddlers — seem irresponsible and creepy.

7-Up -- Soda (1956)

Ayer's -- Cathartic pills (1890s)

Young Fritz -- Cigar box label

Camel -- Cigarettes (1946)

Douglas -- Aircraft (1949)

DuPont -- Cellophane (1954)

GE -- Sun Lamp (1941)

General Foods -- Sanka Decaf Coffee (1951)

General Mills -- Trix Cereal (1957)

Gillette -- Safety razor (1905)

Grove’s -- Tonic (1890s)

Iver Johnson -- Revolvers (1913)

Lane Bryant -- Clothing (1950s)

Lloyd Manufacturing Co. -- Cocaine toothache drops (1885)

Love's Cosmetics -- Baby Soft lotion (1974)

Mattel -- M16 Marauder toy (1967)

Pears -- Soap (1890s)

Philip Morris -- Cigarettes (1956)

Philip Morris -- Marlboro Cigarettes (1951)

Rainier -- Beer (1905)

The Distillers Company -- Distaval sedatives (1960)

(via Business Insider)

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