Bizarre Things People Believed 50 Years Ago

Our ancestors had beliefs that seem strange these days. In some cases, it wasn’t only our ancestors. Some of us are old enough to remember the advertisements that “20,679 physicians smoke Lucky Strikes.”

The Grunge web site has an article, with advertisements, of what was believed to be “common knowledge” only 50 years ago. You might want to check it out at:

Hmmm, I wonder what “truths” we all accept today that will be considered strange 50 years from now…


Ah, the propaganda of advertising. To be accurate, the ad doesn’t say doctors smoke Lucky Strikes, just that doctors say Lucky Strikes are less irritating. (And it doesn’t say compared to what. Compared to smoking a pipe, to smoking a different brand of cigarette, or …?)

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50 years ago I was a freshman in college. Sometimes you would see advertisements that said “9 out of 10 doctors prefer Camels.” No one seriously believed these ads (although most people, including doctors, smoked). The background was that local students would drop off cartons of Camels at every doctor’s office, then the next day the ad agency people went to the same offices and asked “what brand of cigarettes are you smoking today?” Guess what.
There was a slogan in college that said “the 9 out of 10 doctors that used to prefer Camels have gone back to women.”
Honestly, I never heard any of the other slogans in 1967. Or before, or after.


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