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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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Beauty & Health

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Vidal Sassoon ~ Hair Care Adverts [c.1985]

Vidal Sassoon ~ Hair Care Adverts [c.1985]

"What your hair does for you, depends on what you do for your hair." These ads for Vidal Sassoon hair care products date from c.1985.
Magnificent ~ Hair Care Adverts [1968-1971]

Magnificent ~ Hair Care Adverts [1968-1971]

"Let's get it together!" These ads for Magnificent hair care products date from 1968-71.
Duke ~ Hair Care Adverts [1960-1973]

Duke ~ Hair Care Adverts [1960-1973]

"Women love that Duke look!" These ads for mens hair styling product "Duke" date from 1960 to 1973.

Fashion

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Textron ~ Lingerie Adverts [1945-1949] Illustrations by C.J. Sternberg

Textron ~ Lingerie Adverts [1945-1949] Illustrations by C.J. Sternberg

"Silky soft as a dandelion puff."These beautiful illustrated ads for Textron women's underwear date from 1945-49.
Acrilan ~ Womenswear Adverts [1954]

Acrilan ~ Womenswear Adverts [1954]

"Gay young fashions in a remarkable fabric."These women's fashion ads for Acrilan fabric date from 1954.
"Roblee" Brown Shoe Company ~ Men's Shoe Adverts [1955-1958]

"Roblee" Brown Shoe Company ~ Men's Shoe Adverts [1955-1958]

"The open-collar feeling in leather." These ads for "Roblee" men's shoes by Brown Shoe Company date from 1955-58.

Entertainment

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Better Badges ~ Punk Pin Badge Adverts [1979-1982]

Better Badges ~ Punk Pin Badge Adverts [1979-1982]

"Step out in style in a snug comfortable badge!" These ad for Better Badges punk pin badges date from 1979-82.
Columbia Records "Masterworks" ~ Music Adverts [1943-1945]

Columbia Records "Masterworks" ~ Music Adverts [1943-1945]

"The world's great music...so real...so true!" These ads for various recording from Columbia Records "Masterworks" collection date from 1943-45.
HMV ~ Chart Music Adverts [1981-1983]

HMV ~ Chart Music Adverts [1981-1983]

"Cheap thrills at HMV!" This style of black and white ad for HMV chart music ran from 1981-83.

Food & Drink

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Miller "High Life" ~ Ale Adverts [1959-1960] Illustrated by John McCormack

Miller "High Life" ~ Ale Adverts [1959-1960] Illustrated by John McCormack

"The champagne of bottle beer." This illustrated ad campaign for Miller "High Life" lager dates from 1959-60, with artwork by by John McCormack.
Curtiss Candy ~ Confectionery Adverts [1947-1949]

Curtiss Candy ~ Confectionery Adverts [1947-1949]

"Candy... rich in dextrose." These ads for various Curtiss candy date from 1947-49.
Kellogg's "All-Bran" ~ Breakfast Cereal Adverts [1940-1942]

Kellogg's "All-Bran" ~ Breakfast Cereal Adverts [1940-1942]

“Join the Regulars!” These fun black and white photo-story ads for Kellogg's breakfast cereal All-Bran date from 1940-42.

Household

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Akai ~ Hi-Fi Adverts [1986]

Akai ~ Hi-Fi Adverts [1986]

"Okay, Akai." These three ads are from a triple page spread for Akai CD players, receivers and video players, dating from 1986.
Philips ~ Hi-Fi Adverts [1986-1987] Illustrated

Philips ~ Hi-Fi Adverts [1986-1987] Illustrated

"More woofers than Battersea dogs home." This illustrated ad campaign for various Philips CD/cassette players is from 1986-87.
Community ~ Cutlery Adverts [1943-1945] Illustrations by Jon Whitcomb & Michael

Community ~ Cutlery Adverts [1943-1945] Illustrations by Jon Whitcomb & Michael

"Back home for keeps." This illustrated ad campaign for Community silverplate cutlery date from 1943-45.

Smoking

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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.
Embassy ~ Cigarette Adverts [1949]

Embassy ~ Cigarette Adverts [1949]

"Inhale to your heart's content!" These ads for Embassy cigarettes are from 1949 and featured people actually smoking, rather than just posing with an unlit cigarette.
Chesterfield "ABC" ~ Cigarette Adverts [1945-1950]

Chesterfield "ABC" ~ Cigarette Adverts [1945-1950]

"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.

Travel & Cars

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Chrysler "Dodge Dart" ~ Car Adverts [1959-1960]

Chrysler "Dodge Dart" ~ Car Adverts [1959-1960]

"So much fun for so little money!" These car ads for Dodge Dart by Chrysler are from 1959-60.
Chevrolet "Corvair" ~ Car Adverts [1960]

Chevrolet "Corvair" ~ Car Adverts [1960]

"Small wonder - with a wonderful ride!" These car ads for Corvair by Chevrolet are from 1960.
Sinclair Opaline Motor Oil ~ Car Maintenance Adverts [1947]

Sinclair Opaline Motor Oil ~ Car Maintenance Adverts [1947]

"Like magic!" These ads for Sinclair "Opaline" motor oil are from 1947. The ads had a magical theme, and featured stars of current movies.

Miscellaneous

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Northwestern School of Taxidermy ~ Adverts [1910-1953]

Northwestern School of Taxidermy ~ Adverts [1910-1953]

"For fun and profit!" These ads for Northwestern School of Taxidermy date between 1910 and 1953. They are all from Popular Mechanics magazine.
Crazy Croppings! ~ Adverts [1940]

Crazy Croppings! ~ Adverts [1940]

"There's gaiety in the taste of it..."This is what happens when I have a few days off and decide to go through the adverts within Life Magazine from 1940!
The Baby Machine ~ Newspaper Article [1959]

The Baby Machine ~ Newspaper Article [1959]

"And now a 'space suit' for mothers to be."This is an article from the Daily Express, Friday 20th November 1959 about a new fangled birthing contraption.