This 1950s Sears Advertisement
If Sears posted an ad like this today, it wouldn’t do very well. The advertisement reads, “A Gun for the Whole Family.” They wanted to make it a Christmas to remember. According to Snopes, “the only published version we’ve been able to uncover came from a 1966 issue of Boys’ Life magazine, the monthly publication for members of the Boy Scouts of America.” People would seriously lose their minds if they saw an ad with a family, kids and all, holding guns and smiling at one another. There are so many aspects wrong with this photo, that if it were posted today, it would spark a lot of debate (via Snopes).