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).
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“Goes where I go.” These ads for Simplicity Fashion News, Simplicity’s new monthly mini-magazine, date from 1967-70.
“Greatest catch of the season!” These ads for “Bachelor’s Carnation” lipstick and nail polish by Revlon date from 1946.
“Make dream bathrooms come true!” These ads for Cannon towels date from 1940-43. Cannon also produced sheets and hosiery.
“If I can sew, you can sew.” These ads for Simplicity dress making patterns date from 1965-67 and featured actresses, models and singers of the day.
“Should husbands help around the house?” These two ads for Swan soap date from 1946.
“America’s Finest Silverplate” These celebrity endorsed ads for 1847 Rogers Bros cutlery date from 1939-45.
“The ultimate touch…” These ads for Sendra gloves date from 1943-45.
“The first totally new fashion magazine in a decade!” These ads for Simplicity dress making patterns date from 1960-64 and feature the new Simplicity Magazine.
“Revlon’s most tempting colour since Eve winked at Adam.” These ads for “Fatal Apple” lipstick and nail polish by Revlon date from 1945.
“So WONDERful, it’s fit for a Queen!” This ad campaign for Philco refrigerators date from 1948 and featured illustrated characters from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
“Underwear that’s funtawear!”
These ads/leaflets for British Bulldog unisex novelty underwear date from c.1979.
“How to dress as if money were no object.” These ads for Simplicity dress making patterns date from 1959-59.
“Unlimited stylage!” These ads for World Of Curls hair care products date from 1982-86.
“To a man’s heart through his hide!” These ads for the Westinghouse “Laundromat” washing machine date from 1944-45.
“The natural line is the beauty line.” These illustrated ads for Kayser gloves date from 1939-43. Kayser, similar to Van Raalte, produced gloves, stockings and lingerie.
“A galactic collection to knit and sew!” The Doctor Who Pattern Book by Joy Gammon was published in 1984 and featured all kinds of weird and wonderful things to knit and sew.
“It’s the fashion to wear made-to-order face powder!” These ads for Charles of the Ritz cosmetics date from 1959-66.
“Every house needs Westinghouse!” These style of ad campaign for various Westinghouse kitchen electricals date from 1946-49.
“Every man wants his woman on a pedestal.” These Rogers lingerie adverts date from 1960.
“It’s you – to the last curve!” These ads for Singer Form dressmaking body moulds date from 1941-43.
“Texture of velvet!” These ads for “Pink Lightning” lipstick and nail polish by Revlon date from 1944-45.
“Hello, full-flavour cooking!” These eye-catching, black-background ads for Club Aluminum cooking pots and pans date from 1945-47.
“Your winter in amethyst.” This eight-page advert for women’s fashions made from various Steven’s Fine Fabrics dates from 1960.
“Always Buy Chesterfield.” These ads for Chesterfield cigarettes date from 1945-50 and featured their ABC slogan. Many of the ads featured celebrities of the time.
“Who is she?” This black & white ad campaign for DuBarry beauty preparations ran from 1947 until at least 1951.
“Mother Knows Best!” These ads for Kellogg’s of breakfast cereal variety packs date from 1949. The packs included Pep, Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies, Shredded Wheat, Corn Soya, Krumbles and Bran Flakes.
“A fresh contrast of melodic strings and swinging vocal patterns.” This weeks Sunday Lounge Listening is “The Sweet and the Swingin'” by Paul Weston, released in 1960.
“Man, that’s not the work for a lovely wife!” These ads for “Automatic Coal Burners” by Fairbanks-Morse date from 1941.