Miss Tia (misstia) wrote in vintage_ads,
Miss Tia

Vintage Ads' 12th Birthday!!

So we're officially a tween. Well I guess we have been, even at 11. But why rush it? I guess we'll be allowed to start wearing some make up now, if we wish. Though wait, in today's world kids in grade school do that. Why rush it? Perhaps that's one of the reasons why vintage ads are so interesting or why we're drawn to them? Nostalgia. Back when the world was much much different. In some ways good, in other ways bad, as can be evidenced by the vintage ads themselves.

Little kids playing outside in their neighborhood, or off on an adventure, with none of the fears kids face today. The depictions of the cozy warm home life where everything was perfect. Like an ad would portray the realities in relationships? Of course not. Unless it involved the problem being that the woman needed to douche with Lysol. A minor hiccup or worry? Drink this pop, eat this chip, or wear this brand and all your troubles will be gone!

We can witness through the ads how society has changed. Through the years the blatant stereotypical depictions of minorities in ads have turned into real depictions, as human beings, the same as everyone else. The sexism in ads has turned into depictions of equality. Yes, there are still ways to go, especially with the heavy use of photoshop on women in some ads; but great strides have been taken.

I'd like to take a moment to thank everyone for belonging to this community. I feel we are a community in the true sense of the word, and whether you just watch or post, your contribution is equal, as you can't do one without the other. We're very fortunate to have this great group. We're also fortunate that we are relatively dramz free. It's rare when it happens and that's a good thing! THANK YOU ALL!!!!

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