Vintage Soda Ad: Real Or Fake?

by MomGrind

soda ad
Image credit: Joan Thewlis

Take a look at the text of this vintage ad for soda, supposedly sponsored by the Soda Pop Board of America:

“How soon is too soon? Not soon enough. Laboratory tests over the last few years have proven that babies who start drinking soda during that early formative period have a much higher chance of gaining acceptance and “fitting in” during those awkward pre-teen and teen years. So, do yourself a favor. Do your child a favor. Start them on a strict regimen of sodas and other sugary carbonated beverages right now, for a lifetime of guaranteed happiness.”

This image has been posted elsewhere before, but it HAS to be posted here too because it left me speechless, which rarely happens. My first thought was that this vintage ad is some kind of a joke, but after researching this on the Web, I am not so sure.

Do you happen to know if this was a real vintage ad? If the Soda Pop Board of America ever existed? It must be a joke, right?

Now look at this little gem:

coca-cola-adImage credit: retro contemoraneo

To judge by these vintage ads, it looks like the concept of “good parenting” has changed a lot over the past couple generations.

PS. Many readers have emailed to report that this is indeed a fake ad. Phew!

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