Retro Musings

Retro Musings includes magazine adverts and catalogue scans from 1930's to 1990's, plus anything else which takes my fancy (like LP covers and knitting patterns).

Go to Brands & Products to see a list of all the items I have added so far, or view by category or decade via the menus above and below.

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Singer Sewing Centres ~ Craft Adverts [1947-1948]

“And you’ll love how much it didn’t cost!”
These ads for Singer Sewing Centres date from 1947-48.

Charles of the Ritz ~ Makeup Adverts [1956-1959]

“Individual beauty, made to order!”
These ads for Charles of the Ritz cosmetics date from 1956-59, many of which were photographed through textured glass.

Kraft ~ Food Adverts [1973-1974]

“The arts and Kraft coalition.”
This ad campaign by Kraft dates from 1973-74. Each ad included a recipe using various Kraft products.

Ballantine ~ Ale Adverts [1948-1950] Illustrated

“Purity, body and flavour in every glass.”
This illustrated ad campaign for Ballantine ale ran from 1948-50 and each ad had the same sentence winding around a glass and bottle.

General Electric “G.E Lamps” ~ Lighting Adverts [1946-1947]

“Are Bulbsnatchers people?”
These ads for G.E Lamps, produced by General Electric, date from 1946-47 and featured different celebrities of the time “bulbsnatching”!

His Is Hers ~ Men’s Fashion Shoot [Ebony, 1971]

“Movin’ Together”
Ebony magazine’s April 1971 fashion shoot for men was based around a “what’s his and hers” theme, with the women wearing her man’s clothes.

Capari ~ Cigarette Adverts [1991-1993]

“You’ve got a taste for style!”
This ad campaign for Capari cigarettes dates from 1991-93.

Underwood “Deviled Ham” ~ Meat Adverts [1941]

“All men go for it!”
These ads for Underwood’s “Deviled Ham” date from 1940.

Provocative Percussion (Vol 1) by Terry Snyder and the All Stars [1959]

“A flight into new areas of sonic and musical experience.”
This weeks Sunday Lounge Listening is “Provocative Percussion” by Terry Snyder and the All Stars from 1959.

American Gas Association ~ Energy Adverts [1941-1947] Illustrations

“The wonder flame that cools as well as heats!”
These illustrated ads for American Gas Association date from 1941-47.

TruVal “Twins” ~ Menswear Adverts [1947]

“The girls who married twin brothers.”
These ads for TruVal men’s shirts are all from 1947. They featured three different sets of twins.

Misty ~ Cigarette Adverts [1990-1997]

“Fashionably inexpensive!”
These ads for Misty cigarettes date from 1990-97 and were aimed at twenty-something women.

Knox Gelatine ~ Health Adverts [1940]

“Samson was a sissy!”
These ads for Knox Gelatine health drink are all from 1940.

Ballantine ~ Ale Adverts [1946-1947] Illustrated

“Purity. Body. Flavour”
These ads for Ballantine ale date from 1947-48. They each had a description of the three rings logo and the same tag line of “America’s largest selling Ale”.

Westinghouse “Mazda Lamps” ~ Lighting Adverts [1941-1942] Illustrations

“For better sight use better light!”
These black and white illustrated ads for Mazda Lamps, produced by Westinghouse, date from 1941-42. Unfortunately the artist/artists didn’t sign them so I don’t know who they are by.

American Optical ~ Sunglasses Adverts [1946-1948]

“Engineered for comfort! Designed for beauty!”
These ads for American Optical sunglasses date from 1946-48.

Movie Adverts [1947]

“It’s a wonderful laugh, it’s a wonderful love!”
These magazine ads for movies are all from 1947.

Smith Bros ~ Cough Drops Adverts [1943-1945]

“Keep your mouth shut!”
These ads for Smith Bros Cough Drops date from 1943-45.

Birds Eye ~ Food Adverts [1949-1950]

“Doris discovers it’s easy to eat fancy!”
These ads for various Birds Eye frozen food products date from 1949-50. Mid to late 1949 saw the introduction of a little chick character in cold weather clothing who was included a comic strip at the top of each ad.

Congoleum-Nairn ~ Floor & Wall Covering Adverts [1948-1949]

“Walls go gay!”
These double-page spread ads for Congoleum-Nairn linoleum and congoleum floor and wall coverings are from 1948-49.

Stetson Hats ~ Hat Adverts [1945-1948] Illustrations by Phil Dormont

“How to look every inch the country gentleman.”
These ads for Stetson Hats date from 1945-48. They were mainly illustrated by Phil Dormont, but other artists were also used here and there, including Slayton Underhill, Scott Evans, Edwin Dahlberg and a couple whose signatures I can’t read.

Webster ~ Cigars Adverts [1946-1948] Illustrated by Edwin Georgi

“Executive America’s top cigar.”
These ads for Webster cigars date from 1946-48 with illustrations by Edwin Georgi. They all featured couple at various social occasions.

Movie Adverts [1946]

“So neat! So sweet! So-o-o indescreet!”
These magazine ads for movies are all from 1946.

Bromo-Seltzer ~ Antacid Adverts [1950-1951]

“Where others fail Bromo-Seltzer works.”
These split-head ads for Bromo-Seltzer antacid date from 1950, with a change of design into 1951.

Evervess ~ Soft Drinks Adverts [1946-1947]

“Evervess… yes, yes!”
These ads for Evervess sparkling water date from 1946-47. It was produced by Pepsi-Cola.

Miss Piggy’s Aerobique ~ Exercise Workout Album [1982]

“Dance movements so simple you can actually perform some of them in your sleep!”
This weeks Sunday Lounge Listening is something a little different, with Miss Piggy’s Aerobique, from 1982. With routines such as “Snackcercise” and “Sit Down”, this is a form of exercise I could get into. Tre excellent!

Rinso ~ Laundry Adverts [1945]

“Whistle while you wash!”

These ads for Rinso laundry detergent are from 1945.

Machine Knitting Chic ~ Craft Magazine [1990]

“Elegant. Sporty. Excellent.”
This edition of Machine Knitting Chic was published in 1990 (no.5, £1.75) and included 30 over-ornamented jumpers with such wide shoulder that getting though doors must have taken some consideration.