Retro Musings

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).

Go to Brands & Products to see a list of all the items I have added so far, or view by category or decade via the menus above and below.

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Mum ~ Deodorant Adverts [1945-1946]

“It isn’t your necklace they’ll notice, pet!”
These illustrated Mum deodorant adverts are from 1945-46.

Bromo-Seltzer ~ Antacid Adverts [1940]

“The champ of headache remedies.”
These ads for Bromo-Seltzer antacid date from 1940, endorsed by various headache riddled celebrities of the time.

Fleischmann’s Yeast ~ Health Adverts [1941]

“You’ll like yeast this new way!”
These ads for Fleischmann’s Yeast date from 1941.

Movie Adverts [1941]

“Love prize of the islands!”
These magazine ads for movies are all from 1941.

Dole “Hawiian Pineapple” ~ Food & Drink Adverts [1945-46] Illustrations by Lloyd Sexton

“Reflections on Hawaii’s Bounty”
These two illustrated ads for Dole “Pineapple Juice” and “Pineapple Slices” were painted by Lloyd Sexton in 1945-46.

White Rock ~ Soft Drinks Adverts [1946] Illustrations by Slayton Underhill & Edwin Dahlberg

“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.

Spam ~ Meat Adverts [1941]

“Cold or hot, Spam hits the spot!”
These ads for Spam, produced by the Hormel Food Company, date from 1941.

Movie Adverts [1940]

“It’s springtime! It’s swingtime! It’s wedding ring time!”
These magazine ads for movies are all from 1940.

Fleischmann’s Yeast ~ Health Adverts [1939-1940]

“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!

Dole “Hawiian Pineapple” ~ Food & Drink Adverts [1938] Illustrations by A.M. Cassandre

“Truly Hawaiian”
These three wonderful illustrated ads for Dole “Pineapple Juice” and “Pineapple Gems” were painted by A.M. Cassandre in 1938.

Kleenex “Paper-Tique” ~ Craft Book [1971]

“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.

Old Gold ~ Cigarette Adverts [1948-1950]

“For a treat instead of treatment… light an Old Gold!”
These ads for Old Gold cigarettes date from 1948-50.

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.

Accent on Bamboo by Tak Shindo [1960]

Big Band Standards With An Oriental Flavour
This weeks Sunday lounge listening is “Accent on Bamboo” by Tak Shindo, 1960.

Mennen ~ Shaving Adverts [1942-1944]

“For men in service – for men at home.”
This black, white and green ad campaign for Mennen shaving cream dates from 1942-44.

Tareyton ~ Cigarette Adverts [1957]

“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.

Tareyton “Twosome” ~ Cigarette Adverts [1955-1956]

“The Tareyton Twosome”
This ad campaign for Tareyton cigarettes dates from 1955-56 and featured different sets of twins.

Royal Crown Cola ~ Soft Drink Adverts [1942-1948]

“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.

Royal Crown Cola ~ Soft Drink Adverts [1943-1948]

“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.

Seven-Up “Fresh Up” ~ Soft Drink Adverts [1946] Illustrations

“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.

Colgate ~ Toothpaste Adverts [1942]

“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.

Seven-Up “Fresh Up” ~ Soft Drink Adverts [1943-1945]

“Fresh Up!”
These Seven Up ads date from 1943-45 and feature photos of grinning floating heads.

Colgate ~ Toothpaste Adverts [1941]

“Husbands don’t TALK about it!”
These ad’s for Colgate toothpaste date from 1941. This style continued for several years.

Mennen ~ Shaving Adverts [1946-1947] Illustrations by Norman Mingo

“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.

Mennen ~ Baby Powder Adverts [1944]

“Mommy protects me with baby powder.”
These ads for Mennen baby powder are from 1944.

Cole ~ Swimwear Adverts [1948-1949] Illustrations by Ron Wicks

“Makes the most of your best.”
These ads for Cole swimsuits date from 1948-49, with illustrations by Ron Wicks.

Catalina ~ Swimwear Adverts [1948-1950]

“Styled in California for the stars of Hollywood …and you!”
These ads for Catalina “sweetheart” swim suits date from 1948-50.

Cannon ~ Stockings Adverts [1947-1948]

“Cobwebby charmers!”
This ad campaign for Cannon nylon stockings ran from 1947-48.