The Oddest Soviet Ads From The Late 19th And Early 20th CenturyS

Mad Men reintroduced us to the American advertising aesthetic of the 1960s, but they don't hold a candle to the visual wonder (and occasional oddity) of early Soviet and pre-Soviet print ads. Here are a few of our favorite ways advertisers peddled soap, tobacco, gunpowder, and more.

Pre-revolution tobacco and cigarette ads

The Oddest Soviet Ads From The Late 19th And Early 20th CenturyS

The Oddest Soviet Ads From The Late 19th And Early 20th CenturyS

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Just try to take the chocolate away from me, I'll show you!

The Oddest Soviet Ads From The Late 19th And Early 20th Century

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Boots ads for Rezinotrest

The Oddest Soviet Ads From The Late 19th And Early 20th CenturyS

Translation: Rainy rain, you cannot hurt me. I would not go out without galoshes. Because of Rezinotrest every place is dry for me. Sold everywhere. (Vladimir Mayakovsky, 1923)

The Oddest Soviet Ads From The Late 19th And Early 20th Century

Translation: Rezinotrest is your protector from rain and slush. Without galoshes, Europe is bound to sit and weep. (Vladimir Mayakovsky, 1924)

The Oddest Soviet Ads From The Late 19th And Early 20th Century

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Beer and waters, Karneev, Gorshanov & Co., around 1910

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Soap and perfumes

The Oddest Soviet Ads From The Late 19th And Early 20th CenturyS

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Cocoa, Hot Chocolate, and Coffee

The Oddest Soviet Ads From The Late 19th And Early 20th Century

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Gunpowder

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Candies

The Oddest Soviet Ads From The Late 19th And Early 20th Century

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Cognac from S.S. Tamazova Company, Kizlyar, ca. 1900

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Creepy faces on a juice and a cosmetic powder ad

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