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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“And you’ll love how much it didn’t cost!” These ads for Singer Sewing Centres date from 1947-48.
“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.
“The arts and Kraft coalition.” This ad campaign by Kraft dates from 1973-74. Each ad included a recipe using various Kraft products.
“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.
“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”!
“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.
“You’ve got a taste for style!” This ad campaign for Capari cigarettes dates from 1991-93.
“All men go for it!” These ads for Underwood’s “Deviled Ham” date from 1940.
“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.
“The wonder flame that cools as well as heats!” These illustrated ads for American Gas Association date from 1941-47.
“The girls who married twin brothers.” These ads for TruVal men’s shirts are all from 1947. They featured three different sets of twins.
“Fashionably inexpensive!” These ads for Misty cigarettes date from 1990-97 and were aimed at twenty-something women.
“Samson was a sissy!” These ads for Knox Gelatine health drink are all from 1940.
“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”.
“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.
“Engineered for comfort! Designed for beauty!” These ads for American Optical sunglasses date from 1946-48.
“It’s a wonderful laugh, it’s a wonderful love!” These magazine ads for movies are all from 1947.
“Keep your mouth shut!” These ads for Smith Bros Cough Drops date from 1943-45.
“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.
“Walls go gay!” These double-page spread ads for Congoleum-Nairn linoleum and congoleum floor and wall coverings are from 1948-49.
“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.
“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.
“So neat! So sweet! So-o-o indescreet!” These magazine ads for movies are all from 1946.
“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… yes, yes!” These ads for Evervess sparkling water date from 1946-47. It was produced by Pepsi-Cola.
“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!
“Whistle while you wash!”
These ads for Rinso laundry detergent are from 1945.