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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“It isn’t your necklace they’ll notice, pet!”
These illustrated Mum deodorant adverts are from 1945-46.
“The champ of headache remedies.”These ads for Bromo-Seltzer antacid date from 1940, endorsed by various headache riddled celebrities of the time.
“You’ll like yeast this new way!” These ads for Fleischmann’s Yeast date from 1941.
“Love prize of the islands!” These magazine ads for movies are all from 1941.
“Reflections on Hawaii’s Bounty” These two illustrated ads for Dole “Pineapple Juice” and “Pineapple Slices” were painted by Lloyd Sexton in 1945-46.
“Keeps you sparkling, too!” These three illustrated ads for White Rock sparkling water date from 1946. They were illustrated by Slayton Underhill and Edwin Dahlberg.
“Cold or hot, Spam hits the spot!” These ads for Spam, produced by the Hormel Food Company, date from 1941.
“It’s springtime! It’s swingtime! It’s wedding ring time!” These magazine ads for movies are all from 1940.
“Drink it… to your health!” These ads for Fleischmann’s Yeast date from 1939-40. It was advertised as a cure-all for just about everything!
“Truly Hawaiian” These three wonderful illustrated ads for Dole “Pineapple Juice” and “Pineapple Gems” were painted by A.M. Cassandre in 1938.
“A new art for today’s homemaker” If having bold coloured toilet paper only in your bathroom wasn’t enough, Kleenex published a 36 page booklet in 1971 full of crazy crafts to spread around the home too.
“For a treat instead of treatment… light an Old Gold!” These ads for Old Gold cigarettes date from 1948-50.
“For fun and profit!” These ads for Northwestern School of Taxidermy date between 1910 and 1953. They are all from Popular Mechanics magazine.
Big Band Standards With An Oriental Flavour This weeks Sunday lounge listening is “Accent on Bamboo” by Tak Shindo, 1960.
“For men in service – for men at home.” This black, white and green ad campaign for Mennen shaving cream dates from 1942-44.
“Mildness makes the difference.” This ad campaign for Tareyton cigarettes dates from 1957. There were two different styles used; the earlier ads featured the models full back and turned head, and the later ads used just the heads.
“The Tareyton Twosome” This ad campaign for Tareyton cigarettes dates from 1955-56 and featured different sets of twins.
“RC tastes best!” These full page colour ads for Royal Crown Cola date from 1942-48. Each ad featured well a known actress of the time and their current staring role.
“Best by taste test!” These half-page, black, white and red ads for Royal Crown Cola date from 1943-48. Each ad featured well a known actress of the time and their current staring role.
“Fresh up with Seven-Up!” These Seven Up ads date from 1946. They continued in style from the previous year with the floating grinning heads, but also included cut-out illustrations posed with real bottles of soda.
“If it’s kissing you’re missing, check up on your breath!” These ad’s for Colgate toothpaste date from 1942. This style continued for several years.
“Fresh Up!” These Seven Up ads date from 1943-45 and feature photos of grinning floating heads.
“Husbands don’t TALK about it!” These ad’s for Colgate toothpaste date from 1941. This style continued for several years.
“I like smooth men!” These illustrated pin-up girl ads are for Mennen shaving cream and after shave (called “Skin Bracer”). They’re from 1946-47 and feature artwork by Norman Mingo.
“Mommy protects me with baby powder.” These ads for Mennen baby powder are from 1944.
“Makes the most of your best.” These ads for Cole swimsuits date from 1948-49, with illustrations by Ron Wicks.
“Styled in California for the stars of Hollywood …and you!” These ads for Catalina “sweetheart” swim suits date from 1948-50.