Seasonal

Including various seasonal events, such as Christmas, Halloween, Valentines, Easter, Mothers Day, Fathers Day and anything else which fits here!

American Made Toys ~ Christmas Toy Adverts [1949]

“Give American toys to American girls and boys.”
This ad by The American Toy Institute is from Christmas 1949. Following the ad were three pages full of various American manufactured toys.

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American Made Toys ~ Christmas Toy Adverts [1950]

“Christmas time is toy time. Give American toys.”
This ad by The American Toy Institute is from Christmas 1950. Following the ad were five pages full of various American manufactured toys.

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American Made Toys ~ Christmas Toy Adverts [1951]

“Christmas time is toy time. Give American toys.”
This ad by The American Toy Institute is from Christmas 1951. Following the ad were six pages full of various American manufactured toys.

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Animals ~ Valentines Day Greeting Cards

“I’ll be sunk if you won’t be my Valentine!”
Here’s a selection of animal themed Valentines cards, because nothing expresses love quite like creepy monkeys and suicidal skunks.

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Blue Peter Annual Christmas Crafts [1962-1982]

Last Christmas I bought myself a large pile of vintage Blue Peter annuals. It was never one of my favourite programmes on telly, but I did enjoy the craft items they made out of toilet rolls and sticky back plastic! Here’s a few Christmas crafts from various annals dating from 1965-82.

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Brach’s Candies ~ Easter Adverts [1960-1967]

“The sweetest parade you’ll ever see!”
These ads for Brach’s Easter sweets are dated between 1960-67.

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Cakes, Sweets & Puddings ~ Christmas Food Adverts [1951-1959]

“When I’m eating Jell-O I wish I were a reindeer!”
Here’s a selection of Christmas themed sweet and desert adverts dating from 1951-59.

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Camels & Prince Albert ~ Christmas Cigarette Adverts [1940-1958]

“Gifts that say Merry Christmas with every puff!”
These Christmas ads for Camels and Prince Albert cigarettes and tobacco date from 1940-58.

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Catalogue Santa’s [1960’s, 1970’s, 1980’s & 1990’s]

Just enough time to squeeze one more Christmas related post, featuring creepy life-like Santa masks, fake fire places and festive piñatas found in a selection of US seasonal catalogues.

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Cheers! ~ Christmas Ale Adverts [1950-1959]

“Something more than beer… a tradition in hospitality!”
“Something more than beer… a tradition in hospitality!”

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Cheesy Retro Christmas LP Covers

Some may consider these to be a selection of the worst Christmas LP covers you will ever clap sight of. Personally, I think many are inspired genius!

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Chesterfield ~ Christmas Cigarette Adverts [1940-1956]

“Chesterfield for a happy holiday!”
These Christmas ads for Chesterfield cigarettes date from 1940-56.

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Children’s Character Christmas LP’s [1980’s]

Here’s a selection of children’s character Christmas LP covers from the 1980’s, featuring Barbie, Pac-Man, Strawberry Shortcake and more!

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Children’s Fancy Dress Patterns [1970’s-1990’s]

“Costumes galore!”
Wondering what to dress up for Halloween this year? Look no further!

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Christmas Cigarette Adverts [1950-1959]

“The perfect gift for every filter smoker on your list!”

Here are a few vintage Christmas cigarette, cigar, pipe and lighter adverts from 1950 to 1959.

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Christmas Cigarette Adverts [1960-1969]

“Remember all your friends who remember how great cigarettes used to taste.”

Here are a few vintage Christmas cigarette adverts from 1960-69.

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Christmas Decoration Adverts [1959-1961]

Here are some Christmas decoration adverts from 1959-61.

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Christmas Food Adverts [1951-1958]

“Holiday time is pizza party time!”
Here’s a selection of Christmas themed food adverts dating from 1951-58.

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Christmas Soda Adverts [1951-1959]

“It’s time for parties by the dozen!”
Here’s a selection of Christmas themed soda adverts dating from 1951-59.

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Clowns ~ Valentines Day Greeting Cards

“A rubber neck I seem to be, but you really are my speciality.”
Here’s a selection of creepy clown themed Valentines cards.

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Doubl-Glo ~ Christmas Decoration Adverts [1959-1963]

“Give your home the magic of Merlin with Doubl-Glo holiday decorations!”


These ads for Doubl-Glo Christmas decoration date from 1959-63.

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Easter Brings Eggs and Rabbits [Life, 1939]

These photos are from a Life magazine article dating 1939 which included a few lines on how toys were becoming more and popular as Easter presents, and also a little bit about why rabbits are associated with Easter.

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Easter Egg Decorating Kits ~ Packaging [1980’s]

“Create your own masterpiece in just 3 seconds!”
Here’s a selection of Easter egg decorating kits from the 1980’s, featuring the likes of Rainbow Brite, Hugga Bunch, Care Bears and more!

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Halloween Adverts [1950’s]

“The goblins’ll getcha if you don’t hand out!”
Here’s a selection of Halloween themed ads from the 1950’s, which includes everything from candy to shoe polish!

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Halloween Adverts [1960’s]

“No tricks if you treat ’em right!”
Here’s a selection of Halloween themed ads from the 1960’s.

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Halloween Food & Drink Adverts

“Eat something ugly for Halloween.”
Here’s a selection of Halloween themed food and drink ads from various decades.

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Halloween LP Covers [1950’s, 1960’s & 1970’s]

“Shock! Terror! Fear!”
Here’s a selection of spooky themed LP’s to get you in the mood for Halloween.

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Jet Magazine ~ Christmas Covers [1973-1985]

“Xmas greetings from the stars!”
Here is a selection of cheesy Jet magazine Christmas covers from 1973 to 1985.

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Kooky Spooks – Halloween Costumes & Makeup Kits [1980’s]

Giant Glow-Up Costume Kits
These crazy Halloween costumes were produced in 1979/1980 by Spearhead Industries.

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McCormick-Shilling Egg Dye ~ Easter Adverts [1958-1963]

“For the gayest Easter eggs!”
These two adverts for food colourings are from 1958 & 1963.

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Meat! ~ Christmas Food Adverts [1951-1959]

“Christmas cheer by the panful!”
These Christmas themed ads for various festive meat products date from 1951-59.

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Meat! ~ Valentines Day Greeting Cards

“I’d like to MEAT a Valentine. How about you?”
Here’s a selection of meat themed Valentines cards.

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Menswear ~ Christmas Fashion Adverts [1951-1959]

“Every man’s idea of Christmas!”
Here’s a selection of Christmas themed menswear adverts dating from 1951-59.

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Norelco & Remington ~ Christmas Shaving Adverts [1954-1959]

“If Santa Claus shaved, this is what he’d use!”
Here are some vintage Christmas themed shaving adverts by Norelco and Remington, dating from 1954-59.

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PAAS – Halloween Make-Up Kits ~ Packaging & Adverts [1980’s]

“Kids! This Halloween you can be the creatures you really are!”
PAAS Halloween make-up kits were produced from 1984, and there were six different sets made at first.

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Paper Mate ~ Christmas Stationary Adverts [1960-1966]

“Goof-Proof Gifts!”
These Christmas themed Paper Mate pen ads date from 1960-66, some of which feature comedian Joe E Brown.

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Planes, Trains & Automobiles! ~ Christmas Travel Adverts [1950-1959]

“Yours, for a merry merry Christmas with the world’s most modern car!”
Here is a selection of travel related Christmas themed ads, dating from 1950-59. Included are adverts for cars, bikes, planes, boats, trains, and car maintenance.

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Retro Yuletide Jumpers [1950’s-1980’s]

Here is a fine selection of images from the front of festive knitting patterns.I just can’t decide which one I love most! Not that I’d ever wear one…

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Schick ~ Christmas Shaving Adverts [1950-1958]

“Smooth new idea for her Christmas stocking!”
These Christmas themed shaving adverts by Schick date from 1950-58.

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Showtime Adult Halloween Makeup Kits ~ Adverts [1980’s]

“This Halloween don’t be just another face in the crowd.”
These makeup kits were aimed at adults and came with glitter and metallic colours. They were produced by Plough in 1985 and 1987.

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Singer Sewing Machine ~ Christmas Adverts [1950s-1970’s]

Here are a few vintage Christmas sewing machine adverts from 1950-70’s.

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Toy Costume & Mask Sets by Ben Cooper & Collegeville [1980’s]

Ahh, Halloween. That time of year when you dig out the old flame retardant vinyl costumes and creepy, creepy face masks of your favourite childhood toys…

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Underwear ~ Christmas Fashion Adverts [1950-1959]

“You’ve never given stockings like these!”
Here’s a selection of Christmas themed underwear adverts dating from 1950-59.

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Vacuum Cleaners ~ Christmas Electrical Adverts [1951-1959]

“Christmas morning she’ll be happier with a hoover!”
Here’s a selection of Christmas themes ads for various brands of vacuum cleaners, which was enough to make any 1950’s housewife very happy. They date between 1951-59.

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Valentines Heart Adverts [1940’s]

“The sweetest way to say “Be Mine”.”
Here’s a selection of valentine heart themed adverts from the 1940’s, featuring a selection of goods from cigarettes to evaporated milk!

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Valentines Heart Adverts [1950’s]

“A Valentine should be so tender.”
Here’s a selection of valentine heart themed adverts from the 1950’s, featuring a selection of goods from shirts to peas!

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Valentines Heart Adverts [1960’s]

“Love & Cookies”
Here’s a selection of valentine heart themed adverts from the 1960’s, featuring a selection of goods from cuff links to meat!

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Vintage Easter Egg Hunt [Life, 1949]

These images are from an article in Life magazine of an Easter Party held by Glen Taylor School, Walnut Creek, California in 1949. I love the dancing eggs!

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Vintage Halloween Greeting Cards [1940’s – 1960’s]

This is a selection of some of my favourite vintage Halloween postcards I’ve gathered together on over the past few days (edited to bring their colours out). There are some right mad ones in there!

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Vintage Valentines Greeting Cards

“My heart I serve to you.”
Here’s a mixed selection of vintage Valentines day cards, featuring romantic themes such as dentures, fire-eating, cannibalism, underwear and illness!

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Weapons ~ Valentines Day Greeting Cards

“It’s loaded, but only with love for you.”
Here’s a selection of weapon themed Valentines cards, featuring an array of guns, knives, hammers, and even a tank!

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Western Union Telegrams ~ Easter Adverts [1947-1959]

“Bunnygrams for children… Easter wires for grownups!”
These Western Union Easter telegram adverts are from 1947-1959. The Bunnygrams were signed by Peter Rabbit.

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Whitman’s Chocolates ~ Christmas Adverts [1940-1953]

“A woman never forgets a man who remembers!”
These ads for Whitman’s Chocolates date from 1940-53.

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Witches, Ghosts & Ghouls ~ Valentines Day Greeting Cards

“I make no bones about it – you are the one for me!”
Here’s a selection of spooky Halloween themed Valentines cards.

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Womenswear ~ Christmas Fashion Adverts [1951-1959]

“Here’s the gift that she’ll adore… gay new plaids by Ship’n Shore!”
Here’s a selection of Christmas themed womenswear and family fashion adverts dating from 1951-59.

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