Acrilan ~ Womenswear Adverts [1955]

“A luxury sweater of Acrilan.”
These women’s fashion ads for Acrilan fabric date from 1955.

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Acrilan ~ Womenswear Adverts [1956]

“Now… jersey you can wash and wear!”
These women’s fashion ads for Acrilan fabric date from 1956.

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Action Jeans ~ Menswear Adverts [1977-1991] Chuck Norris

“The Secret? It’s in the crotch.”
Action Jeans (aka Kickin’ Jeans) were produced by Century Martial Arts from 1977 to 1991 and endorsed by Chuck Norris from 1981.

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Borgana ~ Womenswear Adverts [1954-1957]

“Looks more like fur than fur itself.”
These ads for Borgana fake fur coats are from 1954-57.

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Burlington Cameo ~ Lingerie Adverts [1968-1969]

“You can even bend over and still be a lady.”
These four Burlington Cameo pantyhose adverts date between 1968-69.

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Canadian Mist ~ Whisky Adverts [1977-1988] “Misting”

“Get in the feeling. Go Misting.”
Canadian Mist’s “Misting” campaign ran from around 1977 to 1985. There was even matching his and hers caftans, jumpsuits, walking sticks and zodiac pendants!

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Children’s Nightwear ~ Catalogues [1980’s]

Here’s some children’s nightwear from various 1980’s catalogues.

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Columbia ~ Hi-Fi Adverts [1957-1958] “Listening In Depth”

“A new experience in “360” high-fidelity.”
These Columbia “listening in depth” ads date from 1957-58.

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Creepy Catalogue Clowns [1960’s-1980’s]

Like any normal human being, I have a healthy hatred of clowns. One stood on my foot once, and then there was Poltergeist. That said, here is a collection of clowns from various catalogues dating from 1962 to 1989. My favourite clowns are the ones being punched by small boys.

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Du Pont: Paint ~ Decorating Adverts [1958-1959]

“Buy the paint that’s worth the work… the beauty lasts!”
These super adverts for Du Pont paints date from 1958-59.

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Edison Electric Institute ~ Electricity Adverts [1965-1967]

“You live better electrically.”
These Gold Medallion Home ads are from 1965-67. Look how happy electricity makes them!

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Fashion Fair ~ Perfume Adverts [1986-1987] “Eunece”

“It’s a girls best friend!”
These four ads for Eunece perfume by Fashion Fair are from 1986-87. These two chaps were fighting over the same lady for a long time!

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Fisher Body ~ Car Adverts [1957-1959] “Hovercar” Illustrations

“Makes time stand still.”
These amazing space-age style ads for Fisher Body date from 1957-59 and are a collage of photography and illustration.

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Fisher Body ~ Car Adverts [1962-1968]

“Seat fabrics elegant enough to inspire a famous fashion designer.”
This ad campaign by Fisher Body (an automobile manufacturer owned by General Motors) ran from 1962-68. Many ads feature glamorous models wearing haute couture.

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Frigidaire ~ Kitchen Appliance Adverts [1966] “Space Age Refrigeration”

“Frigidaire announces space age refrigeration!”
These futuristic, sci-fi inspired Frigidaire ads are from 1966. They all feature sixties clad models wearing bubble space helmets (or possibly fish bowls).

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General Electric ~ Hi-Fi Adverts [1985-1986]

“No one lets you experience the Power of Music like General Electric.”
These General Electric portable cassette player and hi-fi ads date from 1985-86. Red-Hot-Power!

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Hanes ~ Lingerie Adverts [1965-1967] “The Great Leg”

The great look. The great leg.
Between 1965-67, Hanes released a series of adverts with a distinctly urban feel to them, of which I’ve found four different styles.

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Health Vests ~ Knitting Patterns [1950’s-1960’s]

“As recommended by the medical profession.”
Health vests were obviously quite the thing in England in the 1950’s, and after looking over these knitting patterns you’ll wonder how you ever survived without one.

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Honda ~ Scooter Adverts [1985-1986] Celebrity Ads

In 1985-86, a rather bizarre collection of celebrities put their names to Honda Scooters for both magazine and TV commercials.

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International Fashions ~ Menswear Adverts [1972-1975]

“Unmistakable international…unquestionably today’s fashions.”
These ads for International Fashions date from 1970-75. They feature daringly dressed men with a lady hanging around admiringly.

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Jaymar Slacks ~ Menswear Adverts [1966-1979]

“Sansabelt… the greatest thing that ever happened to men’s slacks!”
These men’s trouser ads by Jaymar are from 1966-79.

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Kelvinator ~ Kitchen Appliance Adverts [1954-1959] “Foodarama”

“And now! Fabulous “Foodarama” by Kelvinator!”
These ads for Kelvinator’s “Foodarama” fridge/freezer are from 1955-59.

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Kmart Kids Clothing ~ Adverts [1980’s]

“Kmart. Yes. Kmart.”
These ads for Kmart kids clothing are all from 1987.

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Leonardo Strassi ~ Menswear Adverts [1964-1969]

“Peppier than pepperoni and getting hotter every season!”
These ads for men’s Italian clothing line Leonardo Strassi date from 1964-69.

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Michelangelo Knitwear ~ Menswear Adverts [1969-1970]

The Fine Art of Italian Knits
These three ads for Michelangelo knitwear date from 1969 to 1970 and feature America Baseball player Walt Frazier.

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Pontiac ~ Car Adverts [1959-1969] Illustrations by Art Fitzpatrick & Van Kaufman

“The only car with wide track wheels.”
These lovely illustrations for various Pontiac cars date from 1959-69. The artwork was created by Art Fitzpatrick (AF), who drew the cars, and Van Kaufman (VK), who drew the backgrounds.

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Salem ~ Cigarette Adverts [1989-1992]

Fresh On The Scene
These Salem cigarette adverts are from 1989-92. The chaps appear to be “getting fresh” with the ladies in these ads to mixed responses!

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Sears ~ Lingerie Adverts [1968] “The Doesn’t Slip”

“It doesn’t cling, doesn’t creep, doesn’t twist.”
These four swinging sixties Non-Cling underwear ads by Sears are from 1968.

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Simmons “Hide-A-Bed” ~ Adverts [1940’s-1950’s]

“World’s smartest sofa hides the world’s most comfortable bed!”
These Hide-A-Bed ads by Simmons date from 1947 to 1956.

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Smith House Of Leather ~ Menswear Adverts [1972-1976]

These small black and white ads for Smith House Of Leather date from 1972-76 and feature some slightly awkward models.

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Swank ~ Menswear Adverts [1972-1974]

“Your Saturday Night 3pc special makes you the big gun.”
These small black and white ads for Swank date from 1972-74 and feature some splendidly named men’s suits, descriptions and poses.

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TCB ~ Hair Care Adverts [1987] Illustrated

“We make you look good!”
These three illustrated TCB ads are from April, May and June of 1987.

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Technics ~ Hi-Fi Adverts [1980-1986] CD & Cassette Players

“A slight improvement on perfection.”
These Technics CD and cassette player ads date from 1980-86. They are all very sci-fi with dark backgrounds, moonscapes, lasers and grids.

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Toshiba ~ Hi-Fi Adverts [1983-1987] Cassette Players

“This deck is loaded.”
These little b/w Toshiba cassette player ads date from 1983-87. Auto-reverse. Twin deck. Graphic equalizers. Anti-roll. What more could you want?

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Toy Kitchen Sets ~ Catalogues [1960’s-1980’s]

“She’ll wash clothes, run water, turn knobs! Busy, busy in her Frigidaire kitchen! It’s all pink… and just her size!”
From mothers little helpers to mini gourmet chefs, here’s a collection of toy kitchen sets from 1962 to 1989.

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Wembley Ties ~ Neckwear Adverts [1941-1942] “Nor-East”

“Watch him crush it!”
These ads for Wembley neckwear date from 1941-42, and featured American wrestlers of the day doing their best to wrinkle their “Nor-East” ties.

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Yardley ~ Perfume Adverts [1956-1957] Madame Alexander Dolls

“Makes you feel so fresh and feminine.”
These five Yardley ads for are from 1956-57. The dolls in the images were designed by Madame Alexander, a company which has been making dolls since 1923.

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