Friday, April 27, 2007

Racism in Advertising

Here’s an interesting slideshow on racism in historical advertising. Back in ye olden days, it used to be pretty common for companies slap a crude ethnic caricature on their product packaging to help shift units. Right or wrong*, this resonated with the buying public of past eras and some of their most famous brands would be unspeakable today.

There are a few vestiges left, most notably Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben. The slideshow contains some pretty jaw-dropping ads.

*P.S. the answer is wrong

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