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). I also share some of the delights I find in charity shops.
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“Candy’s dandy…keep it handy!” These ads by the The Council on Candy of the National Confectioners Association date from 1946-47. Featuring illustrations by Vernon Grant, the ad campaign encouraged Americans to eat candy for energy.
“Get in on the swinging sound!” Here’s a selection of images featuring children playing musical instruments from various catalogues dating from 1970-90’s.
“Exciting as a night on the town…” These ads for AMi jukeboxes date from 1960-64.
“You’re so smart to smoke Parliaments.” These ads for Parliament cigarettes date from 1955-56. Specifically aimed at women, they featured various objects and accessories cleverly made from cigarettes.
“From now on – it’s Chelsea!” These ads for Chelsea cigarettes date from 1945-46.
“How to let your hair down. Apex style.” These ads for Apex hair products date from 1960-69.
“Rise On!” These ads for Flagg Bros menswear, shoes and accessories date from 1972-79.
“Flagg shoes, for the outspoken few.” These ads for Flagg Bros men’s shoes date from 1966-72.
These ads for I. Magnin women’s fashions date from 1947-48.
“What this generation needs is a formal education.”These ads for After Six formal menswear date from 1956 to 1979.
“C is for Cat…and so is Puss ‘n Boots”These ads for Puss ‘n Boots cat food date from 1947-48, with illustrations by Feodor Rojankovsky.
“What do they mean clean…clean…clean?” These ads for Fleischmann’s gin date from 1960-63.
“Fleischmann’s is the big buy!” These ads for Fleischmann’s whisky date from 1959-65.
“Italian designers capture tone of ‘way out’ world.”Space-age fashions from Ebony magazine, October 1965.
“Rub and relax with Mifflin!”These ads for rubbing alcohol Mifflin date from 1940-44.
“I’m a girl who can’t say no!”These ads for indigestion remedy Pepto-Bismol date from 1940-47.
“A woman never forgets a man who remembers!”Here’s some vintage Whitman’s Chocolates adverts from 1941-51.
“Gifts that say Merry Christmas with every puff!”Here’s some vintage cigarette adverts from the 1940’s and 1950’s with Santa pushing the smokes.
Last Christmas I bought myself a large pile of vintage Blue Peter annuals. It was never one of my favourite programmes on telly, but I did enjoy the craft items they made out of toilet rolls and sticky back plastic! Here’s a few Christmas crafts from various annals dating from 1965-82.
“It’s Aralac!”These black and white ads are for a fabric called Aralac and featured womenswear by a variety of designers. They date from 1945-46.
“The worlds greatest name in women’s shoes.” These ads for Style-EEZ by Selby Shoes date between 1938-40.
“Tasty, tempting, delicious!” These ads for Trolls mint sweets are all from 1946.
“The finest woollens in the world.”This long running ad campaign by Forstmann Woolen Company dates from 1944-56, and ran from September to April each year. The ads had a background of three swathes of fabric with a model wearing clothes made from them.
“Loomed For You”This ad campaign by Forstmann Woolen Company dates from 1943-44. Each ad was participially framed with woollen fabric.
“For Lines That Live”This ad campaign by Forstmann Woollen Company dates from 1941-42. Each ad featured a selection of black and white photographs of the same outfit from a different shoot.
“Professionally styled for cool efficiency.”These ads for White Swan Uniforms are from 1971-88.