My good friend and historiophile Matt Hall recently pointed out a website featuring vintage political ads, and I confess that I haven’t been able to get enough of it. The ad above is from Dwight D. Eisenhower’s 1952 campaign in which he defeated Adlai Stevenson. The one below is from John F. Kennedy’s successful 1960 campaign against Nixon. There are scores more where these came from ranging from 1952 all the way to 2008. The website is called The Living Room Candidate, and it is a piece of history.
The following ad is another one from 1960, and it features Kennedy answering a question from a voter about his Roman Catholicism.
And just for good measure, one of my favorites:
These make me think they were running for 3rd grade president.
I do not think cartoons would work today except negatively.