8 newspaper adverts which show Weston through time

Move over, Calvin Klein. This underwear promised to never shrink, stretch or sag out of shape.

Move over, Calvin Klein. This underwear promised to never shrink, stretch or sag out of shape. - Credit: Archant

ADVERTS have undoubtedly changed a lot over the years, and these from Weston-super-Mare are no different. Take a trip through the Weston Mercury’s old adverts, which show changing fashions, technology and attitudes.

Wearing real fur coats is somewhat of a controversial subject these days. But back in the 1960s, the

Wearing real fur coats is somewhat of a controversial subject these days. But back in the 1960s, the clothing was still being widely advertised, including in Weston. This advert appeared in the mid-1960s in Weston. But history professor Carol Dyhouse explained in the magazine History Today how fur became much more unfashionable during the 1960s. Animal rights groups the Animal Liberation Front formed in 1976, and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) in 1980, and wearing real fur coats gradually became less common. - Credit: Archant

"If you want to get ahead - get a hat." What a shame we do not celebrate National Hat Week these day

"If you want to get ahead - get a hat." What a shame we do not celebrate National Hat Week these days. This advert was published in the midst of an election, which explains the rather unusual wording in the first paragraph. - Credit: Archant

Are you sat at home enjoying your widescreen TV? Well a 19-inch television was once described as 'lu

Are you sat at home enjoying your widescreen TV? Well a 19-inch television was once described as 'luxury'. At the time this advert was published, people in Weston were enjoying BBC1 and ITV. Thankfully, this TV would also be able to access BBC2... once it was finally available in the area. - Credit: Archant

The fashion industry is constantly changing, and so are its adverts. This advert from the Mercury's

The fashion industry is constantly changing, and so are its adverts. This advert from the Mercury's archives shows the price for hosiery and gloves back in the 1960s. - Credit: Archant

Anyone remember doing their work on a typewriter? This one was described as a 'world-beater'.

Anyone remember doing their work on a typewriter? This one was described as a 'world-beater'. - Credit: Archant

This is an advert you are very unlikely to see repeated in 2016. Women were promised a 'great escape

This is an advert you are very unlikely to see repeated in 2016. Women were promised a 'great escape from washday' with this washing machine advert. And they could even enjoy a free box of Persil with it. - Credit: Archant

These days, people are finding it more and more difficult to get onto the property ladder. And for t

These days, people are finding it more and more difficult to get onto the property ladder. And for those struggling to save money for a deposit, this advert won't make you any happier. These were the prices for mortgages for new builds in Weston in the 1960s. - Credit: Archant