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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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Christmas

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Beauty & Health

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Schick ~ Christmas Shaving Adverts [1950-1958]

Schick ~ Christmas Shaving Adverts [1950-1958]

"Smooth new idea for her Christmas stocking!" These Christmas themed shaving adverts by Schick date from 1950-58.
Norelco & Remington ~ Christmas Shaving Adverts [1954-1959]

Norelco & Remington ~ Christmas Shaving Adverts [1954-1959]

"If Santa Claus shaved, this is what he'd use!" Here are some vintage Christmas themed shaving adverts by Norelco and Remington, dating from 1954-59.
Du Pont Hair Brushes ~ Hair Care Adverts [1946-1947]

Du Pont Hair Brushes ~ Hair Care Adverts [1946-1947]

"Brushing puts a gleam in your hair." These ads for Du Pont hair brushes date from 1946-48 and featured lovely ladies brushing their luxurious locks.

Fashion

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Menswear ~ Christmas Fashion Adverts [1951-1959]

Menswear ~ Christmas Fashion Adverts [1951-1959]

"Every man's idea of Christmas!" Here's a selection of Christmas themed menswear adverts dating from 1951-59.
Jantzen ~ Lingerie Adverts [1947-1950] Illustrations by Pete Hawley

Jantzen ~ Lingerie Adverts [1947-1950] Illustrations by Pete Hawley

"Anybody can have a better figure!" These black & white illustrated ads for Jantsen girdles and panty-girdles are from 1947-50. The artwork was by Pete Hawley.
Luxuray "Dove Skin Undies" ~ Lingerie Adverts [1947-1948] Illustrations

Luxuray "Dove Skin Undies" ~ Lingerie Adverts [1947-1948] Illustrations

"Above all. Under all." These black & white illustrated ads for Dove Skin Undies by Luxuray are from 1947-48.

Entertainment

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American Made Toys ~ Christmas Toy Adverts [1951]

American Made Toys ~ Christmas Toy Adverts [1951]

"Christmas time is toy time. Give American toys." This ad by The American Toy Institute is from Christmas 1951. Following the ad were six pages full of various American manufactured toys.
American Made Toys ~ Christmas Toy Adverts [1950]

American Made Toys ~ Christmas Toy Adverts [1950]

"Christmas time is toy time. Give American toys." This ad by The American Toy Institute is from Christmas 1950. Following the ad were five pages full of various American manufactured toys.
American Made Toys ~ Christmas Toy Adverts [1949]

American Made Toys ~ Christmas Toy Adverts [1949]

"Give American toys to American girls and boys." This ad by The American Toy Institute is from Christmas 1949. Following the ad were three pages full of various American manufactured toys.

Food & Drink

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Meat! ~ Christmas Food Adverts [1951-1959]

Meat! ~ Christmas Food Adverts [1951-1959]

"Christmas cheer by the panful!" These Christmas themed ads for various festive meat products date from 1951-59.
Lipton's "Noodle Soup" ~ Food Adverts [1945-1946]

Lipton's "Noodle Soup" ~ Food Adverts [1945-1946]

"Old fashioned, chickeny noodle soup!" These ads for Lipton's Noodle Soup date from 1945-46. Each ad included a meal plan idea, and recipe for one of the dishes featured.
Kraft ~ Food Adverts [1973-1974]

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.

Household

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Vacuum Cleaners ~ Christmas Electrical Adverts [1951-1959]

Vacuum Cleaners ~ Christmas Electrical Adverts [1951-1959]

"Christmas morning she'll be happier with a hoover!" Here's a selection of Christmas themes ads for various brands of vacuum cleaners, which was enough to make any 1950's housewife very happy. They date between 1951-59.
Wurlitzer ~ Jukebox Adverts [1947] Illustrated by Albert Dorne

Wurlitzer ~ Jukebox Adverts [1947] Illustrated by Albert Dorne

"Thrill to the tone and beauty!" These illustrated Wurlitzer jukebox ads date from 1947-48, with artwork by Albert Dorne.
Morrell "Red Heart" ~ Dog Food Adverts [1950-1951] Illustrated

Morrell "Red Heart" ~ Dog Food Adverts [1950-1951] Illustrated

"Love that Red Heart!"These illustrated ads for Morrell "Red Heart" tinned dog food date from 1950-51.

Smoking

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Chesterfield ~ Christmas Cigarette Adverts [1940-1956]

Chesterfield ~ Christmas Cigarette Adverts [1940-1956]

"Chesterfield for a happy holiday!"These Christmas ads for Chesterfield cigarettes date from 1940-56.
Christmas Cigarette Adverts [1950-1959]

Christmas Cigarette Adverts [1950-1959]

"The perfect gift for every filter smoker on your list!" Here are a few vintage Christmas cigarette, cigar, pipe and lighter adverts from 1950 to 1959.
Embassy ~ Cigarette Adverts [1950]

Embassy ~ Cigarette Adverts [1950]

"Do you think you are smoking too much?" These ads for Embassy cigarettes are from 1950 and feature smokers solemnly contemplating the amount they puff.

Travel & Cars

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Ethyl ~ Car Maintenance Adverts [1950-1952] Illustrated

Ethyl ~ Car Maintenance Adverts [1950-1952] Illustrated

"There's a big difference between a lion and a dandelion." This somewhat bizarre illustrated ad campaign by Ethyl gasoline ran from 1950 to the beginning of 1952.
Lambretta ~ Scooter Calenders [1967-1970]

Lambretta ~ Scooter Calenders [1967-1970]

These images are from the Italian Lambretta calendars dating from 1967-70. Each year featured a different model throughout, including Jean Shrimpton, Claudine Auger, Marisa Mell and Raffaella Carrà.
Buick ~ Car Adverts [1964-1965]

Buick ~ Car Adverts [1964-1965]

"Wouldn't you rather have a Buick?" These ads for Buick cars are from 1964-65.

Miscellaneous

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Doubl-Glo ~ Christmas Decoration Adverts [1959-1963]

Doubl-Glo ~ Christmas Decoration Adverts [1959-1963]

"Give your home the magic of Merlin with Doubl-Glo holiday decorations!" These ads for Doubl-Glo Christmas decoration date from 1959-63.
Vintage Christmas Adverts [1950]

Vintage Christmas Adverts [1950]

"Here's for happier holidays in your home!" Here's a selection of vintage Christmas themed ads from 1950, including household items, fashion, beauty, food and drink, smoking, and travel.
Halloween Adverts [1960's]

Halloween Adverts [1960's]

"No tricks if you treat 'em right!" Here's a selection of Halloween themed ads from the 1960's.