I don’t know about you, but I really love vintage ads. They remind me what life was like back in the day and inevitably spark the feeling of nostalgia. But there some ads that seem as if they came from darkest corners of the advertising world. And in this video, Azriel Knight brings you five hilariously bad camera ads from the ‘80s and ‘90s. They reach the impossible levels of awkwardness, and they’ll make you cringe. But also laugh.
There’s a Nikon ad from the ‘90s telling you that red eyes are the worst thing in the world through a series of weird animations. Although, I must admit I kinda like that one. I may have been hypnotized by the animation, though, so let’s not trust my judgment here. Then there’s an ad for Canon Rebel, asking you “what is the image of a rebel?” I guess that the image of a rebel back in the ‘80s was Andre Agassi throwing his sweaty T-shirt at something. But don’t worry, it gets worse.
An ad from the early 1980s promotes Minolta X7, and it raises awkwardness to an even higher level. But the ad for the Olympus OM-10 is an absolute winner in the awkwardness category. It’s the fourth one in the video, I won’t spoil it for you, just watch. And try not to cringe.
The last ad is an introduction to the Canon’s EOS system, and it’s a bunch of weird, random ideas. It looks like something you’d dream after you go to bed drunk at 4 a.m.
While the ads themselves will most likely make you feel kinda unpleasant, pay attention to Azriel’s comments. They made me laugh, and made the awkwardness a little more bearable.
Are there any weird vintage ads you’d like to share?