In honor of Black History Month, here is an incredibly dubious vintage use of Frederick Douglass as Hair Product Pitchman

Once upon a time, back in the 1970s, an advertising copywriter had a brilliant idea:  Let’s use famous former slave/abolitionist Frederick Douglass in an ad for Afro Sheen!  And the rest is history (which you can see below).

(Note: In fairness, perhaps Frederick Douglass would care about the state of someone’s natural.  But that does not mitigate the somewhat unusual effect of this ad.)