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7 Vintage Health Ads to Make You Laugh (plus Friday Frivolity)

Have you ever thought about health claims from 30, 40 or even 100 years ago and asked yourself WHAT WERE THEY THINKING? Our Friday Frivolity Host theme is “crazy health advice” this week, so I decided to gather some of the wildest vintage health ads that will leave you shaking your head at the audacity of the claims.

Vintage print health ads with audacious medical claims: Dr. Pepper, 7-UP, Le-Mar Reducing Soap, Blatz Beer, Lucky Strike and more.

 

Vintage print health ads with audacious medical claims: Dr. Pepper, 7-UP, Le-Mar Reducing Soap, Blatz Beer, Lucky Strike and more.

Full of nourishing malt and appetizing hops.

Vintage print health ads with audacious medical claims: Dr. Pepper, 7-UP, Le-Mar Reducing Soap, Blatz Beer, Lucky Strike and more.

Ah! Nothing like the glow of health for a 4 year old and her Grandpa.

Vintage print health ads with audacious medical claims: Dr. Pepper, 7-UP, Le-Mar Reducing Soap, Blatz Beer, Lucky Strike and more.

I’d laugh, but there are people that would buy this today if it were still available.

Vintage print health ads with audacious medical claims: Dr. Pepper, 7-UP, Le-Mar Reducing Soap, Blatz Beer, Lucky Strike and more.

Would you think I was hypocrite if I told you I was drinking a Dr. Pepper when I wrote this post? Every day at 10 and 2 and 4 (no, not really, it was another campaign of theirs)

Vintage print health ads with audacious medical claims: Dr. Pepper, 7-UP, Le-Mar Reducing Soap, Blatz Beer, Lucky Strike and more.

I’d imagine it tastes like an ice cream float, just like milk and Pepsi does (I can’t be the only one that tried that after repeatedly hearing Laverne order it)

Vintage print health ads with audacious medical claims: Dr. Pepper, 7-UP, Le-Mar Reducing Soap, Blatz Beer, Lucky Strike and more.

Be healthy, stay brown all year round… and your newborn too.

Vintage print health ads with audacious medical claims: Dr. Pepper, 7-UP, Le-Mar Reducing Soap, Blatz Beer, Lucky Strike and more.

But no one can stoop to the depths of misleading advertising like the tobacco industry through the years. (well, maybe Monsanto, but I am not going there)

 

 

 

Now on to the link-up! 😀

Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really... ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!

 

Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really... ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!

Featured Post from Last Week:
In a fun twist, since we now have five hosts and co-hosts we will also have FIVE FEATURES…. but you will have to go check out the other four blogs to see if you were featured there! 😉

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My feature this week is 5 Perfect Sewing Projects for Beginners from Keeping it Real. I am ready to head to the fabric store now to get the materials to make these, especially the fabric bins.

The Hosts:

Host, Audrey, Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really... ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!
Audrey is a wonderfully eclectic blogger, who not only can cook up a storm over on That Recipe, but also writes at Munofore – “MUsings NOt FOod RElated.” Munofore touches on humor, parenting, crafting, holiday ideas, tutorials, and more! Her front door is ready for November with a simple Thanksgiving Turkey Door Hanger.
Friday Frivolity Host Sarah Eliza from Devastate Boredom
Sarah Eliza is on a mission to Devastate Boredom by living life with laughter and intention! Her blog is your spot for Capsule Wardrobe how-to’s and inspiration, humor, encouragement, life-hacks, Read / DON’T Read book reviews, and more! Sarah is actually taking a month off of the party to work on NaNoWriMo, but if you or one of your children are preparing for the SATs she reviews two SAT prep books from the perspective of an SAT tutor.
Host, Lisa, Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really... ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!

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Lisa is an awesomely hilarious and authentic writer who marches to her own drum on her blog Syncopated Mama, providing an “un-labelly spot” for all the happily off-beat folks out there who have been wishing to find kindred spirits. She shares her adventures building a natural home, teaching her adorbs daughter, establishing and refining positive communication skills, camping, creating, cooking, and so much more! Lisa reviews the Lost My Name personalized books you can order for a child in your life.

 

Jessica is an amazingly funny and smart blogger from Wales who writes at Babi a Fi on a whole range of topics — from entertaining vintage nostalgia, to technology tutorials, to book reviews, to raising her adorable munchkin, and so much more! She has a list of Saturday Linkies (blog hops, link parties, etc.) for all of the Bloggers in the bunch.

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Crystal is a wife and homeschooling mom to three kids and a dog. On Sharing Life’s Moments she hopes to inspire you to make the most of your moments by sharing hers. You’ll find inspiration about homeschooling, book and movie reviews, recipes, life hacks and more. This week she reviews the homeschool study guide Cooking Up History.

 

Calling all bloggers looking for an upbeat and supportive group of pals to join in hosting the weekly #FridayFrivolity par-tay! We are hoping to add to our ranks of dedicated hosts and co-hosts, and would love for you to consider joining the fun! Co-Hosts are welcome on a temporary basis (usually a month), while Hosts make a more ongoing commitment. 🙂 Swing by here to express interest and ask any questions!

Now time for the new stuff!

This a link-up for all things funny, fun, encouraging, hopeful, and happy. That includes free printables, giveaways, and other fun stuff to make us SMILE and start the weekend off on the right foot. If you’re here in search of fun and uplifting reading materials, skip the rules and just start clickin’! Bloggy buddies, thanks for coming to par-tay! You are welcome to link up to 3 posts, and old posts are always welcome! There are three rules only:

Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really... ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!


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  1. Lisa/Syncopated Mama

    OhMyGoodness, these were great! So many of them reminded me of the old Guiness ads. #FridayFrivolity
    Lisa/Syncopated Mama recently posted…Friday Frivolity – Crazy Health AdviceMy Profile

    1. Audrey Humaciu

      I remember your post on those, classic!

  2. Jeremy

    Because what baby doesn’t sleep better after a nice tall pint after dinner?
    Jeremy recently posted…Don’t Double Dog Dare Her PleaseMy Profile

    1. Audrey Humaciu

      Seriously! That must have been what I did wrong when mine was an infant… failed to get him “hopped up”. ha ha!

  3. Jamie @ Medium Sized Family

    I love Dr. Pepper and I absolutely agree that it is liquid sunshine. I just didn’t know about all of its other health benefits! 😛 These are awesome ads! I got a kick out of them, anyway.
    Jamie @ Medium Sized Family recently posted…5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 57My Profile

    1. Audrey Humaciu

      When I am sick, I love hot Dr. Pepper with lemon. It is probably all psychological but it makes me feel better.

  4. Crystal Green

    These are quite interesting to read. I am amazed that these practices are still done today on other products. #FridayFrivolity
    Crystal Green recently posted…Small Victories Sunday Linkup PartyMy Profile

    1. Audrey Humaciu

      I know the FDA tries but even with the FDA disclaimer on the product I am amazed at what some advertisers claim and some people believe.

  5. Jess Powell (Babi a Fi)

    These are something else! I love the age-defying fat-reducing soap, I can just imagine the angry letters to the manufacturer. xD
    Jess Powell (Babi a Fi) recently posted…Wise Words For KidsMy Profile

    1. Audrey Humaciu

      Sadly, I think many people would still buy it today.

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