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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“Be young… be bright… be lovely.” These ads for Yardley’s “English Lavender” perfume date from 1942-48.
“The perfume of lovely women everywhere.” These ads for Yardley’s “Bond Street” perfume date from 1947-48. They feature illustrated backgrounds by W K Plummer and Bernard Lamotte.
“Keep your best face forward!” These ads for Yardley’s “Bond Street” perfume and beauty preparations date from 1942-46.
“You’re in the Pepsi generation!”These ads for Pepsi-Cola date from mid 1964 to 1966.
“Thinking young is flying to a picnic!”These ads for Pepsi-Cola date from 1961 to mid 1964.
“They entertain the modern way!”These lovely illustrated ads for Pepsi-Cola date from the end of 1959 though 1960.
“Young gentry sport shirts.” These spiffy menswear catalogue images are from a 1966 JC Penneys catalogue and feature an array of mildly amused men sporting knitted cardigans, pullovers and shirts.
“You’ll stand out on any cool scene.” These ads for Diplomat Shops menswear are from 1973. You simply can’t go wrong with plaid elephant bell pants.
“As radiant as a precious jewel.” These ads for DuBarry beauty preparations date from 1945-46.
“With lovely new clothes and completion, Margaret Ryan plans a Cabana honeymoon.” These honeymoon themed ads for DuBarry beauty preparations date from 1945.
“Spreads unbelievable youthful disguise over tired, drab skin!” These ads for Louis Philippe face powder and rouge date from 1942-45.
“For the song in your heart…” These ads for Louis Philippe’s “Sunbird” lipstick date from 1946.
“Magnetise your lips!” These ads for Louis Philippe lipstick date from 1942-46.
“Birds make them huge and elegant.” These wonderful hats are from Life magazine, October 1944.
“An old and genteel art is used to make jaunty, stylish cloths.” These lovely crocheted garments are from Life magazine, January 1945.
“New York milliners show balloon silhouettes, curlicue crowns and jelly rolls gone glamorous.” These wonderfully extravagant hats are from Life magazine, August 1945.
“Now I’ll be the mama!” These slightly terrifying ads featuring giant babies and tiny mothers are for Johnson’s Baby Oil & Baby Powder. They date from 1944-48.
“Don’t rob yourself of comfort in action!” These ads for Modess sanitary napkins date from 1940-46.
“There’s beauty in the air!” These ads for Coty cosmetics date from 1942-47. They were illustrated by Carl Erickson.
“And best of all… it’s Milliken!” These ads for Milliken women’s fashions date from 1947-49.
“The longest Slims of all.” These ads for Virginia Slims 120’s cigarettes date from 1985.
“The lightest style of Slims.” These ads for Virginia Slims Ultra Lights cigarettes date from 1987-88.
“We make Virginia Slims especially for women because they are biologically superior to me.” These ads for Virginia Slims cigarettes date from 1968-84 and were slightly tongue in cheek.
“You’ve come a long way baby.” These ads for Virginia Slims Lights cigarettes with a plain white background date from 1980-84.
“In the crush-proof purse pack.” These ads for Virginia Slims Lights cigarettes date from 1980-85 and continued in the same two styles as the original cigarettes.
“You’ve come a long way baby.” These ads for Virginia Slims cigarettes date from 1990-94 and began the first real change in style since the 1970’s.
“You’ve come a long way baby.” These ads for Virginia Slims cigarettes date from 1980-89 and continue in the same style as the previous decade.
“You’ve come a long way baby.” These ads for Virginia Slims cigarettes date from 1971-79.