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Fancy Feathered Hats ~ Women’s Fashion [1944]

“Birds make them huge and elegant.”
These wonderful hats are from Life magazine, October 1944.

Big Fall Hats ~ Women’s Fashion [1945]

“New York milliners show balloon silhouettes, curlicue crowns and jelly rolls gone glamorous.”
These wonderfully extravagant hats are from Life magazine, August 1945.

Fancy Crochets ~ Women’s Fashion [1945]

“An old and genteel art is used to make jaunty, stylish cloths.”
These lovely crocheted garments are from Life magazine, January 1945.

Flagg Bros ~ Men’s Shoe Adverts [1966-1972]

“Flagg shoes, for the outspoken few.”
These ads for Flagg Bros men’s shoes date from 1966-72.

Selby “Styl-EEZ” ~ Shoe Adverts [1938-1940]

“The worlds greatest name in women’s shoes.”
These ads for Style-EEZ by Selby Shoes date between 1938-40.

Columbia Minerva Knitting Leaflets ~ Fashion Accessories [1970-1976]

“Decorate your body with all sorts of things… Make a headband… wear it as a dog collar… wear it as an armlet… make it longer… wear it as a belt… Express Yourself!”Columbia Minerva knitting leaflets for various fashion accessories, including, bags, belts and slippers. They date from 1970-77.

Columbia Minerva Knitting Leaflets ~ Scarves, Hats & Mittens [1967-1977]

“Bright touches to warm gay spirits from top to toe.”
Columbia Minerva knitting leaflets for scarves, hats and mittens. They date from 1967-77.

Air Step ~ Shoe Adverts [1944-1946]

“The shoe with the youthful feel.”
These simple ads for Air Step ladies shoes are from 1944-46.

Mele Jewellery Cases ~ Adverts [1960’s]

“Luxurious in every detail.”
These ads for Mele jewellery cases have the most wonderful illustrated backdrops. They are from 1967-68.

Wembley “Nor-East” Ties ~ Adverts [1940’s]

“Watch him crush it!”
These four ads from 1941-42 featured American wrestlers of the day doing their best to wrinkle Wembley’s “Nor-East” ties.

Foster Grant Sunglasses ~ Adverts [1960’s]

“Isn’t that Peter Sellers behind those Foster Grants?”
From around 1965-68, Foster Grant ran a series of adverts featuring movie stars of the day wearing their sunglasses. Each photo had a quote by the star underneath, plus a few paragraphs about how mysteriously cool shades were. And looking at the photos, it’s hard to disagree!

Swatch Watch ~ Adverts [1980’s-1990’s]

“Switch To Swatch!”
These Swatch Watch ads are from 1983 to 1995. Swatch are still going strong to this day, with many designs which look straight out of the eighties!

Swatch Watch ~ Geometric Designs [1980’s-1990’s]

Swatch (from Swiss Watch) began production in 1983. Below are my favourite geometric/graphic designs designs from 1983-1993. They started off quite plain, but by 1988 they had got really bold!
At the bottom of the page are my favourite Pop Swatch designs from 1988-1993. They first made an appearance in 1987 with a plain strap and face, and became more fancy the following year.

Fuzzy Wuzzy Slippers [1960’s-1970’s]

Here are some super cute furry slippers from various 1960-70’s catalogues.

Van Raalte – Gloves ~ Adverts [1950’s-1960’s]

“Because you love nice things.”
Here is a small selection of my favourite Van Raalte glove adverts from the early 1950’s.

Connie Shoes ~ Advert [1970’s]

I just came across this deliciously funky 1973 pink and blue platform shoe advert for “Some Baby!” by Connie Shoes. I hoped to find a few more like it, but alas no luck. However, the next best thing to finding more magazine adverts, a 1972 commercial, animated by Sally Cruikshank. Just as amazing!

Crazy Sixties Sunglasses [1960’s]

Check out these groovy 1960’s white-framed shades. Sunglasses just too small? How about a welders shield attached to a headband?

Children’s Character Watches [1980’s]

Here is a collection of children’s character watches and clocks shown in various US Christmas catalogues from 1980-89 (found on Wishbook). I love the over-sized Strawberry Shortcake wall wrist watch clock!

Wembley Ties ~ Adverts [1940’s-1950’s]

“For me who have modern fashion ideas.”
These adverts for Wembley’s bold patterned ties are from 1948-51.

Cutter Cravat Artist Originals ~ Adverts [1950’s]

These adverts for Cutter Cravat Artist Originals are from the early 1950’s.