20 Creepy Vintage Ads Featuring Children

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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.

These ads of yesteryear have to be embarrassing for some of the big name companies that did it — General Electric, Philip Morris and Mattel all had some strange ads with kids.

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

Pears -- Soap (1890s)

Grove's -- Tonic (1890s)

Ayer's -- Cathartic pills (1890s)

Rainier -- Beer (1905)

Gillette -- Safety razor (1905)

Iver Johnson -- Revolvers (1913)

GE -- Sun Lamp (1941)

Camel -- Cigarettes (1946)

Douglas -- Aircraft (1949)

Lane Bryant -- Clothing (1950s)

General Foods -- Sanka Decaf Coffee (1951)

Philip Morris -- Marlboro Cigarettes (1951)

DuPont -- Cellophane (1954)

7-Up -- Soda (1956)

Philip Morris -- Cigarettes (1956)

General Mills -- Trix Cereal (1957)

The Distillers Company -- Distaval sedatives (1960)

Mattel -- M16 Marauder toy (1967)

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

Cigarettes, guns, drugs and much more.

BONUS: Young Fritz -- Cigar box label

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