The Worst Men's Magazine Ads From The '60s and '70s

Gordon's vodka ad

Photo: The Male Mystique

We recently compiled lists of the best and worst ads from 2012. It’s instructive to see just how much better modern advertising is compared to “modern” advertising from 40 years ago.So we flipped through the pages of “The Male Mystique,” a book about vintage men’s advertising by Jacques Boyreau, and picked out the worst ads from┬ámen’s magazines in the 1960s and 1970s.

Some of the brands, like Gordon’s gin and Lee jeans, ran ads that would be regarded as parodies today. Others, like the defunct Broomsticks pants company, appear to have doomed the brands they were trying to promote by tying them too closely to the fads of the time.

Even in 1976, some advertisers were still suffering from a 1960s hangover.

Amazingly, pipe-smoking among the 20-something set never caught on.

You can tell that companies were trying to play off whatever random pop culture events are trendy no matter how irrelevant it is to the brand.

Following the 1967 law requiring cigarette companies to warn consumers about the harmful effects of smoking, this 1975 ad features a surgeon general's warning.

Tiparillo had an extremely odd view about the effect of cigarettes on female musicians.

This 1967 ad looks like it may have provided inspiration for current Axe advertisements.

The $10 slacks promoted in this 1969 ad would cost more than $60 today.

These $3 shirts from 1967 would cost $20 today.

Check out the other lion head ads here.

This was how Gordon's saw itself in 1969.

This Broomsticks slacks ad from 1971 was one of a string of incredibly sexist ads from the company.

This 1971 Hush Puppies ad is one of the company's most recognisable pieces of vintage promo material. Numerous copies of this ad are currently being sold on eBay.

The space obsession of the '60s and '70s permeated advertisements during this period as well.

Tipalet's tagline makes this perhaps the company's most well-known ad.

David Ogilvy's 'Man in the Hathaway Shirt,' with his trademark eye patch, was regarded as the height of adventurous sophistication at the time.

This ad was racist and made a rape joke at the same time.

Botany 500 suits were worn by many leading TV stars, including Dick Van Dyke and Sherman Hemsley on 'The Jeffersons.'

Somehow, the Big Brute brand never survived.

This appears to be some sort of Lone Ranger/Jewish joke.

This kind of thing happened all the time in the 1960s.

Sport coat maker Stanley Blacker is still in business today despite this ad.

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