These ads are so insulting to women. It's a wonder our grandmothers turned out okay.
This old Lux soap ad from 1939 asks, "Is your skin the kind that wins Romance?":
Women in the 1940s were warned that a bad lipstick color could ruin their love life:
The copy in this fat-shaming ad from 1947 ad opens with, "Help yourself to slenderness that invites romance!":
On the day of her college graduation, the young woman in the middle was unhappy. This 1949 Listerine ad explains, "What was the diploma compared to those precious sparkling rings that Babs and Beth were wearing?":
And look at this helpful 1957 magazine with an article titled, "How to Marry Off Your Daughter":