We are told, over and over and over again, that women are being objectified to sell us stuff. The proper response to this, I submit, is “You’re just now noticing?”
From 1919, an ad, illustrated by the redoubtable Coles Phillips, intended to move automotive electrical equipment:
Careful, mister, you wouldn’t want to hurt that sweet young thing in the short(ish) dress.
Coles Phillips (1880-1927) is probably best known for his negative-space illustrations. This isn’t one of them. Autolite (now a single word with a single capital) today makes spark plugs and wires under the auspices of Fram.