We now know how powerful advertising can be, but it's funny to see how product messages change over time, especially when it comes to what we eat. We've gathered some of the best candy, drink, and food ads from the 1900s to see how beloved brands tried to capture consumers' attentions — and stomachs. You'll find that some are pretty smart and others are just plain ridiculous!
We'll bet that none of today's sweets would proudly proclaim they use dextrose, also known as glucose.
Phew! That's a relief.
Who doesn't love a Spam totem pole?
Florida oranges — the source of sturdy growth, vitamin C . . . and driving power.
This 1930s ad proves Heinz hasn't always been about ketchup.
Using a popular children's song as material, this one reads:
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man.
Make me some Jell-O as fast as you can.
Pick a new flavor and mold it in shape . . .
Black Raspberry, Black Cherry, or delicious new Grape.
"A material of war." Did we read that right?
It's safe to say this go-to cereal hasn't changed much since 1975.
Looks like Pillsbury's cinnamon rolls have always been quick and easy to make.
Pabst Blue Ribbon
The look on her face is priceless, but how is typing with one finger comparable to brewing good beer in one sitting?
You can still use this lemony trick for veggies.
We wonder how long it took to ditch this type of advertising in favor of the now-famous line, "How many licks does it take to reach the Tootsie Roll center?"
Cream of Wheat
The brand has gotten some flak for its racially stereotypical ads in the past — like this one from 1916.
This is one dinner guest we're not sure we'd want to have over.
Ladies can eat it, too? How kind of you!
Who knew TV dinners could be so . . . international?
For all of Coke's genius advertising at the time, we're not sure the floating head counts as one.