10 Strange and Funny Vintage Ads From Thanksgiving Past

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If you lived through a Thanksgiving dinner during the 1950s or ’60s, you’re bound to have tried one of these “interesting” Thanksgiving dishes. From booze and cigarettes to mayonnaise candles, these vintage Thanksgiving ads are making us grateful for a modern Thanksgiving.

1. Cranberry “Candles”

This ad for mayonnaise-based cranberry candles promise, “You’ll start a whole new holiday tradition…” Yeah, SURE we will (not).

2. Ketchup on Everything!

“Remember those tasty bowls of ketchup soup?” said no one, ever.

3. Duck in a Box

Does anyone actually enjoy fresh food (that’s sarcasm) on Thanksgiving? If you’re sick of fresh, organic ingredients look no further than cheese in a jar, turkey in a bag or some duck in a box – all of these foods are featured in this vintage advertisement.

4. Spam “Birds”

It’s safe to say we can add a third thing to the “what would survive a nuclear holocaust” list – Spam. Spam, like Cher and cockroaches, seems to stand the test of time, probably because they trick people into eating the product with “Spam Birds” like the dish pictured. “Cold or hot,” Spam promises to “hit the spot.”

5. Lighting up on Thanksgiving

Nothing says Thanksgiving like riding in a wheel barrel, holding a pumpkin while smoking a cancer stick. We definitely do NOT miss cigarette ads.

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