“Air Step” Brown Shoe Company ~ Women’s Shoe Adverts [1944-1948]

“The shoe with the youthful feel.”
These ads for Air Step women’s shoes by Brown Shoe Company date from 1944-48.

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1847 Rogers Bros ~ Cutlery Adverts [1939-1945]

“America’s Finest Silverplate”
These celebrity endorsed ads for 1847 Rogers Bros cutlery date from 1939-45.

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American Gas Association ~ Energy Adverts [1941-1947] Illustrations

“The wonder flame that cools as well as heats!”
These illustrated ads for American Gas Association date from 1941-47.

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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 Optical ~ Sunglasses Adverts [1946-1948]

“Engineered for comfort! Designed for beauty!”
These ads for American Optical sunglasses date from 1946-48.

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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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Aralac ~ Womenswear Adverts [1945-1946]

“It’s Aralac!”
These black and white ads are for a fabric called Aralac and featured womenswear by a variety of designers. They date from 1945-46.

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Arrow Shirts ~ Menswear Adverts [1939-1940]

“Don’t blame your laundry for your shirts’ iniquities.”
These fun and slightly bizarre ads for Arrow Shirts are from 1939-40.

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Ballantine ~ Ale Adverts [1946-1947] Illustrated

“Purity. Body. Flavour”
These ads for Ballantine ale date from 1947-48. They each had a description of the three rings logo and the same tag line of “America’s largest selling Ale”.

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Ballantine ~ Ale Adverts [1948-1950] Illustrated

“Purity, body and flavour in every glass.”
This illustrated ad campaign for Ballantine ale ran from 1948-50 and each ad had the same sentence winding around a glass and bottle.

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Bates Bedspreads & Drapes ~ Adverts [1940’s]

“Campus tested! Campus approved!”
These ads for Bates bedding and matching draperies are from 1941-49.

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Bendix ~ Kitchen Appliance Adverts [1946-1947]

“I’m out of the washday picture!”
These ads for Bendix washing machines are from 1946-47.

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Berkshire ~ Lingerie Adverts [1947-1949]

“For the loveliest legs in the world!”
These ads for Berkshire stocking date from 1947-49.

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Bestform ~ Lingerie Adverts [1944] Illustrations by George Petty

“No finer fit at any price!”
These six ads for Bestform lingerie are from 1944, with particularly pert bosomed illustrations by American pin-up artist George Petty.

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Birds Eye ~ Food Adverts [1946-1949]

“Ask for Birds Eye, Get Birds Eye!”
These ads for various Birds Eye frozen food products date from 1946-49. Each ad featured a different recipe and technicolour photo, plus little illustrations at the bottom.

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Birds Eye ~ Food Adverts [1949-1950]

“Doris discovers it’s easy to eat fancy!”
These ads for various Birds Eye frozen food products date from 1949-50. Mid to late 1949 saw the introduction of a little chick character in cold weather clothing who was included a comic strip at the top of each ad.

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Blackstone ~ Cigars Adverts [1940-1941]

“Extra pleasure in every size and shape!”
These ads for Blackstone cigars date from 1940-41.

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Blackstone ~ Cigars Adverts [1944-1945]

“New sizes! New shapes! New pleasure!”
These ads for Blackstone Cigars date from 1944-45.

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Bond Street ~ Tobacco Adverts [1942-1944]

“Why be the goat every time you light your pipe?”
These ads for Bond Street tobacco date from 1942-44.

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Borden’s “Hemo” ~ Drink Adverts [1942-1946] Illustrations by Walter Early

“Drink your vitamins and like ’em!”
These illustrated ads by Walter Early for Borden’s Hemo, a fortified chocolate malt drink, date from 1942-46.

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Borden’s ~ Dairy Adverts [1939-1949] Illustrations by Walter Early

“If it’s Borden’s it’s got to be good!”
These illustrations by Walter Early are from Borden’s dairy adverts from 1939-1949.

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Borden’s ~ Meat Adverts [1940-1941] “None Such Mince Meat”

“A tip from Elsie, the Borden cow.”
These slightly disturbing illustrated ads for Borden’s mincemeat date from 1940-41.

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Bosco Chocolate Syrup ~ Drink Adverts [1940]

“Where there’s pep there’s iron!”
These fun ads for Bosco, a chocolate malt syrup which was added to milk, are all from 1940.

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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.

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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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Cannon ~ Lingerie Adverts [1947-1948]

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

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Cannon Towels ~ Bathroom Adverts [1940-1943]

“Make dream bathrooms come true!”
These ads for Cannon towels date from 1940-43. Cannon also produced sheets and hosiery.

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Cannon Towels ~ Bathroom Adverts [1943-1944] Illustrated by Stevan Dohanos, Fred Ludekens and James Bingham

“True Towel Tales”
These six ads for Cannon towels date from 1943-44, illustrated by Stevan Dohanos, Fred Ludekens and James Bingham.

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Cannon Towels ~ Bathroom Adverts [1944-1946]

“Wake Up and Dream!”
These ads for Cannon towels, dating from 1944-46, featured an array of towel-clad ladies drying themselves off in the bathrooms of tomorrow.

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Cannon Towels ~ Bathroom Adverts [1946-1955]

“Show your colours!”
These ads for Cannon towels date from 1946-55.

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Carling “Red Cap” ~ Ale Adverts [1947-1948] Illustrated

“Silky Red Cap. Silky Carling’s.”
These illustrated ads for Carling’s “Red Cap” ale date from 1947-48. They all had dark green backgrounds and a mixture of outline and full illustrations.

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Carling “Red Cap” ~ Ale Adverts [1948-1949] Illustrated by L.M. Simpson

“Great expectations…great refreshment.”
These illustrated ads for Carling’s “Red Cap” ale date from 1948-49, with illustrations by L.M. Simpson.

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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.

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Chelsea ~ Cigarette Adverts [1945-1946]

“From now on – it’s Chelsea!”
These ads for Chelsea cigarettes date from 1945-46.

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Chesterfield “ABC” ~ Cigarette Adverts [1945-1950]

“Always Buy Chesterfield.”
These ads for Chesterfield cigarettes date from 1945-50 and featured their ABC slogan. Many of the ads featured celebrities of the time.

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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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Chesterfield ~ Cigarette Adverts [1940-1942]

“The way to more smoking pleasure.”
These ads for Chesterfield cigarettes date from 1940-42.

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Chesterfield ~ Cigarette Adverts [1942-1945]

“From here to victory, it’s Chesterfield.”
These ads for Chesterfield cigarettes date from 1942-45, and all had a WWII theme.

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Chevrolet ~ Car Adverts [1948]

“Only Chevrolet is first!”
These striking ads for Chevrolet cars are from 1948.

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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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Club Aluminum ~ Cookware Adverts [1945-1947]

“Hello, full-flavour cooking!”
These eye-catching, black-background ads for Club Aluminum cooking pots and pans date from 1945-47.

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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.

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Colegate ~ Toothpaste Adverts [1948] Comic Strip

“It cleans your breath while it cleans your teeth!”
These comic strip ads for Colgate toothpaste are from 1948.

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Colgate ~ Toothpaste Adverts [1940]

“She looks like a million… but she hasn’t much sense!”
These ad’s for Colgate toothpaste date from 1940. This comic strip style continued for several years.

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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.

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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.

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Colgate ~ Toothpaste Adverts [1943]

“I’m the lonesomest gob in town!”
These ad’s for Colgate toothpaste date from 1943. This style continued for several years.

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Colgate ~ Toothpaste Adverts [1944]

“I don’t know how he does it”
These black and white photo story ad’s for Colgate toothpaste date from 1944, a style which was used for several years. All the ads featured unlucky-in-love soldiers and sailors with various dental hygiene issues.

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Columbia Records “Masterworks” ~ Music Adverts [1942-1943]

“New laminating process gives you quality where it counts – on the surface!”
These ads for various recording from Columbia Records “Masterworks” collection date from 1942-43.

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Columbia Records “Masterworks” ~ Music Adverts [1943-1945]

“The world’s great music…so real…so true!”
These ads for various recording from Columbia Records “Masterworks” collection date from 1943-45.

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Community ~ Cutlery Adverts [1942-1943 Illustratrated by Jon Whitcomb & Alex Ross

“These are the things we are fighting for.”
This illustrated ad campaign for Community silverplate cutlery date from 1942-43. The artwork was by Jon Whitcomb, Alex Ross plus a few unsigned illustrations.

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Community ~ Cutlery Adverts [1943-1945] Illustrations by Jon Whitcomb & Michael

“Back home for keeps.”
This illustrated ad campaign for Community silverplate cutlery date from 1943-45.

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Community ~ Cutlery Adverts [1946] Illustratrated by Jon Whitcomb

“This is for keeps.”
This illustrated ad campaign for Community silverplate cutlery ran throughout 1946. The artwork was by Jon Whitcomb and featured young couples getting married.

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Community ~ Cutlery Adverts [1947] Illustratrated by Jon Whitcomb

“Let’s make it for keeps.”
This illustrated ad campaign for Community silverplate cutlery ran throughout 1947. The artwork was by Jon Whitcomb and featured young couples who plan to get married.

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Community ~ Cutlery Adverts [1948-1949] Illustratrated by Jon Whitcomb

“The happiest brides have Community.”
This illustrated ad campaign for Community silverplate cutlery ran throughout 1948 and 1949. The artwork was by Jon Whitcomb and featured happy young brides.

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Congoleum-Nairn ~ Floor & Wall Covering Adverts [1948-1949]

“Walls go gay!”
These double-page spread ads for Congoleum-Nairn linoleum and congoleum floor and wall coverings are from 1948-49.

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Coty ~ Makeup Adverts [1942-1947] Illustration by Carl Erickso

“There’s beauty in the air!”
These ads for Coty cosmetics date from 1942-47. They were illustrated by Carl Erickson.

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Crazy Croppings! ~ Adverts [1940]

“There’s gaiety in the taste of it…”
This is what happens when I have a few days off and decide to go through the adverts within Life Magazine from 1940!

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Curtiss Candy ~ Confectionery Adverts [1947-1949]

“Candy… rich in dextrose.”
These ads for various Curtiss candy date from 1947-49.

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Dole ~ Fruit Adverts [1945-1946] “Hawiian Pineapple” 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.

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Dr West’s ~ Toothbrush Adverts [1947-1952] Artwork by Bauman-Greene

“Package of smiles!”
These graphic style ads for Dr West’s “Miracle Tuft” toothbrushes date from 1947-52, with photography by Bauman-Greene.

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Dr West’s ~ Toothpaste Adverts [1947-1948] Illustrated

“Package of smiles!”
These illustrated ads for Dr West’s toothpaste date from 1947-48.

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Du Pont ~ Hair Care Adverts [1946-1947] Combs

“Lovely hair deserves fine care.”
These ads for Du Pont combs date from 1946-47. Each ad featured a model with lovely long, combed hair.

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Du Pont ~ Hair Care Adverts [1946-1947] Hair Brushes

“Brushing puts a gleam in your hair.”
These ads for Du Pont hair brushes date from 1946-48 and featured lovely ladies brushing their luxurious locks.

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DuBarry ~ Makeup Adverts [1945-1946] “Beauty Preparations”

“As radiant as a precious jewel.”
These ads for DuBarry beauty preparations date from 1945-46.

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DuBarry ~ Makeup Adverts [1945] “Beauty Preparations”

“With lovely new clothes and completion, Margaret Ryan plans a Cabana honeymoon.”
These honeymoon themed ads for DuBarry beauty preparations date from 1945.

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DuBarry ~ Makeup Adverts [1947-1951] “Beauty Preparations”

“Who is she?”
This black & white ad campaign for DuBarry beauty preparations ran from 1947 until at least 1951.

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Embassy ~ Cigarette Adverts [1949]

“Inhale to your heart’s content!”
These ads for Embassy cigarettes are from 1949 and featured people actually smoking, rather than just posing with an unlit cigarette.

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Etiquet ~ Deodorant Adverts [1943]

“Should a Marine kiss a girl with his hat on?”
These ads for Etiquet antiseptic deodorant cream date from 1943.

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Eversharp Pens ~ Stationary Adverts [1943-1946]

“How would YOU answer the $64 question”
These ads for Eversharp pens and repeater pencils date from 1943-46.

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Evervess ~ Soft Drinks Adverts [1946-1947]

“Evervess… yes, yes!”
These ads for Evervess sparkling water date from 1946-47. It was produced by Pepsi-Cola.

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Fairbanks-Morse “Automatic Coal Burners” ~ Heating Adverts [1941]

“Man, that’s not the work for a lovely wife!”
These ads for “Automatic Coal Burners” by Fairbanks-Morse date from 1941.

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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.

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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.

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Fleers “Dubble Bubble” ~ Chewing Gum Adverts [1942]

“Betsy does it for fun!”
These ads for Fleers “Dubble Bubble” chewing gum date from 1942.

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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!

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Fleischmann’s Yeast ~ Health Adverts [1941]

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

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Fletcher’s Castoria ~ Laxative Adverts [1939-1941]

“I’m not a bad girl! You’re a bad mommy!”
These adverts for Fletcher’s Castoria date from 1939-1941 and feature a lot of finger pointing, angry parents, threats of spanking, and constipated children.

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Forstmann Woolen Company ~ Womensear Adverts [1944-1956]

“The finest woollens in the world.”
This long running ad campaign by Forstmann Woolen Company dates from 1944-56, and ran from September to April each year. The ads had a background of three swathes of fabric with a model wearing clothes made from them.

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Forstmann Woolen Company ~ Womenswear Adverts [1941-1942]

“For Lines That Live”
This ad campaign by Forstmann Woollen Company dates from 1941-42. Each ad featured a selection of black and white photographs of the same outfit from a different shoot.

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Forstmann Woolen Company ~ Womenswear Adverts [1943-1944]

“Loomed For You”
This ad campaign by Forstmann Woolen Company dates from 1943-44. Each ad was participially framed with woollen fabric.

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Fresh ~ Deodorant Adverts [1946-1951]

“Be lovely to love.”
These ads for Fresh deodorant are from 1946-51. The design changed very little over the years, always featuring a kissing couple wearing glamorous evening attire.

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Gem Razors ~ Shaving Adverts [1944-1946] Illustrations by Peter Arno

“Avoid 5 O-Clock Shadow”
These busty illustrated ads for Gem razors and blades are from 1944-45 and featured artwork by Peter Arno.

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General Electric ~ Lighting Adverts [1946-1947] “G.E Lamps”

“Are Bulbsnatchers people?”
These ads for G.E Lamps, produced by General Electric, date from 1946-47 and featured different celebrities of the time “bulbsnatching”!

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I. Magnin ~ Womenswear Adverts [1947-1948]

“Seeing the Magnin stores is a revelation.”
These ads for I. Magnin women’s fashions date from 1947-48.

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Inecto-With-Lustrium ~ Hair Care Adverts [1940]

“You need never know Hearbreak-Age!”
These two ads for Inecto-With-Lustrium date from 1940.

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Jantzen ~ Lingerie Adverts [1947-1950] Illustrations by Pete Hawley

“Anybody can have a better figure!”
These black & white illustrated ads for Jantsen girdles and panty-girdles are from 1947-50. The artwork was by Pete Hawley.

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Johnson’s ~ Baby Oil & Baby Powder Adverts [1944-1948]

“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.

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Juleps ~ Cigarettes Adverts [1942]

“Do war nerves make you smoke too much?”
These ads for Juleps cigarettes are from 1942, most of which had a WWII theme.

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Kayser ~ Glove Adverts [1939-1943] Illustrated

“The natural line is the beauty line.”
These illustrated ads for Kayser gloves date from 1939-43. Kayser, similar to Van Raalte, produced gloves, stockings and lingerie.

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Kellogg’s “All-Bran” ~ Breakfast Cereal Adverts [1940-1942]

“Join the Regulars!”
These fun black and white photo-story ads for Kellogg’s breakfast cereal All-Bran date from 1940-42.

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Kellogg’s Variety Packs ~ Breakfast Cereal Adverts [1949]

“Mother Knows Best!”
These ads for Kellogg’s of breakfast cereal variety packs date from 1949. The packs included Pep, Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies, Shredded Wheat, Corn Soya, Krumbles and Bran Flakes.

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Kitchens Of Tomorrow [Life, 1943]

“Kitchens of tomorrow may look like this!”
This article is from a 1943 edition of Life magazine.

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Knox Gelatine ~ Health Adverts [1940]

“Samson was a sissy!”
These ads for Knox Gelatine health drink are all from 1940.

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Kreml ~ Hair Care Adverts [1939-1944]

“Sailor beware of holiday hair!”
These ads for Kreml hair tonic date from 1939 to 1944.

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Life Savers ~ Breath Freshener Adverts [1939-1942]

“They’re cool, cool, COOL!”
These ads for Life Savers breath freshener sweets date from 1939-42.

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Life Savers ~ Breath Freshener Adverts [1942-1947]

“If she always struggles like this… When you wish she’d snuggle like this… Try this!”
These ads for Life Savers breath freshener sweets date from 1942-47.

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Lipton’s “Noodle Soup” ~ Food Adverts [1945-1946]

“Old fashioned, chickeny noodle soup!”
These ads for Lipton’s Noodle Soup date from 1945-46. Each ad included a meal plan idea, and recipe for one of the dishes featured.

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Louis Philippe ~ Makeup Adverts [1942-1945]

“Spreads unbelievable youthful disguise over tired, drab skin!”
These ads for Louis Philippe face powder and rouge date from 1942-45.

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Louis Philippe ~ Makeup Adverts [1942-1946]

“Magnetise your lips!”
These ads for Louis Philippe lipstick date from 1942-46.

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Louis Philippe ~ Makeup Adverts [1946] “Sunbird”

“For the song in your heart…”
These ads for Louis Philippe’s “Sunbird” lipstick date from 1946.

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Lucky Strike ~ Cigarette Adverts [1938-1942] “Men who know tobacco best.”

“Have you tried a Lucky lately?”
These ads for Lucky Strike cigarettes are from 1938-42. They all feature various tobacco experts at work, mulling over their dried leaves.

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Lucky Strike ~ Cigarette Adverts [1943-1947] Illustrated

“Lucky Strike means fine tobacco!”
These ads for Lucky Strike cigarettes date from 1942-47, illustrated by various artists.

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Lucky Strike ~ Cigarette Adverts [1948] Illustrated

“Lucky strike presents The Man Who Knows.”
These illustrated ads for Lucky Strike cigarettes date from 1948.

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Lucky Strike ~ Cigarette Adverts [1949-1950] “Luckies pay more!”

“Luckies pay more!”
These ads for Lucky Strike cigarettes date from 1949-50.

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Lucky Strike ~ Cigarette Adverts [1949] “Feel your level best!”

“Feel your level best!”
These ads for Lucky Strike cigarettes date from early to mid 1949.

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Lustre Creme ~ Hair Care Adverts [1948] “Dream Girl”

“”Once her hair was her despair, now she’s a Lustre-Creme Dream Girl.””
These Lustre Creme shampoo ads from 1948 all had a very similar theme: shiny hair does a husband find.

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Luxuray ~ Lingerie Adverts [1947-1948] “Dove Skin Undies” Illustrations

“Above all. Under all.”
These black & white illustrated ads for Dove Skin Undies by Luxuray are from 1947-48.

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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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Mennen ~ Baby Powder Adverts [1944]

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

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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.

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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.

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Mifflin ~ Skin Care Adverts [1940-1945]

“Rub and relax with Mifflin!”
These ads for rubbing alcohol Mifflin date from 1940-44.

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Milliken ~ Womenswear Adverts [1947-1949]

“And best of all… it’s Milliken!”
These ads for Milliken women’s fashions date from 1947-49.

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Modess ~ Feminine Hygiene Adverts [1940-1946]

“Don’t rob yourself of comfort in action!”
These ads for Modess sanitary napkins date from 1940-46.

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Movie Adverts [1940]

“The wonder picture of all time!”
These magazine ads for movies are all from 1940.

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Movie Adverts [1941]

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

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Movie Adverts [1942]

“More than a musical…It’s marvellous!”
These magazine ads for movies are all from 1942.

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Movie Adverts [1943]

“”Here’s a thrill, new and gay! It’s a dance filled holiday!”
These magazine ads for movies are all from 1943.

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Movie Adverts [1944]

“All this… and Hayworth too!”
These magazine ads for movies are all from 1944.

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Movie Adverts [1945]

“A lady of fire and ice… A rogue of steel and gallantry.”
These magazine ads for movies are all from 1945.

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Movie Adverts [1946]

“So neat! So sweet! So-o-o indescreet!”
These magazine ads for movies are all from 1946.

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Movie Adverts [1947]

“It’s a wonderful laugh, it’s a wonderful love!”
These magazine ads for movies are all from 1947.

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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.

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Munsingwear ~ Underwear Adverts [1939-1945]

“Follow the trend to knitted underwear!”
These ads for Munsingwear underwear for men date from 1939-45.

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Munsingwear ~ Underwear Adverts [1942-1946] “For Men Who Do Things”

In the early 1940’s, Munsingwear produced a selection of adverts featuring sports and work related activities. They remind me of paper dolls, but with more bending over (as you would expect from Munsingwear).

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Nairn Linoleum ~ Flooring Adverts [1940-1941]

“Why, yes, your kitchen will be as gay and time-saving as these if you re-do it the ‘Never Before’ way!”
These ads for Nairn linoleum flooring are from 1940-41.

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National Association of Margarine Manufacturers ~ Dairy Adverts [1947-1948]

“Margarine for me!”
These ads for the National Association of Margarine Manufacturers date from 1947-48. They all had bright yellow backgrounds and were three distinct styles, two of which were illustrated.

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National Confectioners’ Association ~ Food Adverts [1946-1947]

“Candy’s dandy…keep it handy!”
These ads by the The Council on Candy of the National Confectioners Association date from 1946-47. Featuring illustrations by Vernon Grant, the ad campaign encouraged Americans to eat candy for energy.

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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.

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Old Gold ~ Cigarette Adverts [1948-1954]

“For a treat instead of treatment… light an Old Gold!”
These ads for Old Gold cigarettes date from 1948-54.

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Pall Mall ~ Cigarette Adverts [1947-1949] “Outstanding!”

“Outstanding!”
These ads for Pall Mall cigarettes date from 1947-49. They were all long, half-page ads with a bright red background and plain white text.

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Palmolive ~ Soap Adverts [1941-1942]

“Now more than ever, keep that schoolgirl complexion!”
These ads for Palmolive soap are from 1941-42, and contained such sentences as “for his sake, guard your loveliness”.

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Palmolive ~ Soap Adverts [1943-1944]

“Doctors prove 2 out of 3 women can have more beautiful skin in 14 days!”
These ads for Palmolive soap are from 1943-44, and offered women scientific proof of a more beautiful skin for those whose complexion had “lost that lovely look”.

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Palmolive ~ Soap Adverts [1945-1948]

“Lovelier skin in 14 days!”
These ads for Palmolive soap are from 1945-48 and continued the “doctors prove” campaign from the previous year.

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Pard ~ Dog Food Adverts [1940-1941] Illustrations by Stan Ekman

“I’m no softy, but sometimes my stomach is!”
These ads for Pard dog food from 1941 feature some very stylish illustrations by Stan Ekman.

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Paul Jones ~ Whisky Adverts [1943-1947] Illustrations

“A gentleman’s whiskey.”
These ads for Paul Jones whisky date from 1943-47.

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Pepsodent ~ Toothpaste Adverts [1946-1947]

“Uncover the natural brilliance of your smile!”
These ad’s for Pepsodent toothpaste date from 1946-47

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Pepto-Bismol ~ Indigestion Adverts [1940-1947]

“I’m a girl who can’t say no!”
These ads for indigestion remedy Pepto-Bismol date from 1940-47.

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Philco ~ Kitchen Appliance Adverts [1948] “Alice’s Adventures in Philcoland” Illustrated

“So WONDERful, it’s fit for a Queen!”
This ad campaign for Philco refrigerators date from 1948 and featured illustrated characters from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

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Philip Morris ~ Cigarette Adverts [1938-1947]

“Call for Philip Morris.”
These ads for Philip Morris cigarettes date from 1938-47. I don’t know about you, but that bell boy creeps me out.

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Philip Morris ~ Cigarette Adverts [1947]

“Johnny On The Spot”
These four partially illustrated ads for Philip Morris cigarettes are all from 1947.

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Poses ~ Lingerie Adverts [1949]

“Perfect support, greater comfort, new allure!”
This advert and magazine article are for Posĕs adhesive bras. They look like pastry boob hats.

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Prell ~ Hair Care Adverts [1947-1949]

“The amazing new radiant creme shampoo!”
These ads for Prell dandruff shampoo date from 1947-49.

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Prince Albert ~ Tobacco Adverts [1944-1949]

“Her eyes light up for the man with P.A!”
These adverts for Prince Albert Cigarettes are from 1944-49. They all feature chaps going about their business, adoring toothy women, perfect hair and pipe appeal!

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Pro-phy-lac-tic ~ Hair Care Adverts [1945-1949] “Jewelite”

“A lovelier brush for lovelier hair!”
These ads for Pro-phy-lac-tic “Jewelite” hair brushes date from 1945-49.

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Puss ‘n Boots ~ Cat Food Adverts [1947-1948] Illustrations by Feodor Rojankovsky

“C is for Cat…and so is Puss ‘n Boots”
These ads for Puss ‘n Boots cat food date from 1947-48, with illustrations by Feodor Rojankovsky.

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Real Silk ~ Lingerie Adverts [1939-1940]

“Gossamer glamour for the transcendent occasion.”
These ads for Real Silk hosiery date from 1939-40.

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Revlon ~ Makeup Adverts [1943-1948]

“Teasing as a butterfly kiss!”
These ads for various Revlon makeup products date from 1943-48.

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Revlon ~ Makeup Adverts [1945] “Fatal Apple”

“Revlon’s most tempting colour since Eve winked at Adam.”
These ads for “Fatal Apple” lipstick and nail polish by Revlon date from 1945.

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Revlon ~ Makeup Adverts [1946] “Bachelor’s Carnation”

“Greatest catch of the season!”
These ads for “Bachelor’s Carnation” lipstick and nail polish by Revlon date from 1946.

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Revlon~ Makeup Adverts [1944-1945] “Pink Lightning”

“Texture of velvet!”
These ads for “Pink Lightning” lipstick and nail polish by Revlon date from 1944-45.

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Rinso ~ Laundry Adverts [1945]

“Whistle while you wash!”

These ads for Rinso laundry detergent are from 1945.

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Royal Crown Cola ~ Soda 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.

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Royal Crown Cola ~ Soda 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.

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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.

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Sendra ~ Glove Adverts [1943-1945]

“The ultimate touch…”
These ads for Sendra gloves date from 1943-45.

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

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

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Seven-Up ~ Soda Adverts [1946] “Fresh Up” 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.

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Ship ‘N Shore ~ Womenswear Adverts [1949-1950]

“Beauty on a budget…”
These ads for Ship ‘N Shore women’s fashions date from 1949-50.

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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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Simoniz ~ Car Maintenance Adverts [1937-1940]

“Makes cars stay beautiful!”
These ads for Simoniz car cleaner and polish are from 1937-40.

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Sinclair Opaline Motor Oil ~ Car Maintenance Adverts [1947]

“Like magic!”
These ads for Sinclair “Opaline” motor oil are from 1947. The ads had a magical theme, and featured stars of current movies.

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Singer Form ~ Craft Adverts [1941-1943]

“It’s you – to the last curve!”
These ads for Singer Form dressmaking body moulds date from 1941-43.

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Singer Sewing Centres ~ Craft Adverts [1947-1948]

“And you’ll love how much it didn’t cost!”
These ads for Singer Sewing Centres date from 1947-48.

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Smith Bros ~ Cough Drops Adverts [1938-1942]

“Girls. You look ugly when you cough.”
These simple yet eye catching ads for Smith Bros Cough Drops date from 1938-42.

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Smith Bros ~ Cough Drops Adverts [1943-1945]

“Keep your mouth shut!”
These ads for Smith Bros Cough Drops date from 1943-45.

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Snider’s Catsup & Chilli Sauce ~ Food Adverts [1943-1948]

“If the Snider folks put it up… it tastes like home!”
These fun illustrated ads for Snider’s “Old Fashioned Chili Sauce” and “Catsup” date from 1943-48.

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Spam ~ Meat Adverts [1941]

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

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Spud ~ Cigarette Adverts [1939-1940]

“Save with Spuds!”
These adverts for Spud cigarettes are from 1939-40.

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Spun-lo ~ Lingerie Adverts [1949] Illustrated

“Flirt, flirt, flirt with that old devil budget!”
These black and white illustrated ads for Spun-lo lingerie date from 1949.

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Squibb ~ Toothpaste Adverts [1939-1940]

“There’s gaiety in the taste of it…”
These ad’s for Squibb toothpaste date from 1939-40.

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Squibb ~ Toothpaste Adverts [1940]

“Feel fresh as a wind-whipped white cap!”
These ad’s for Squibb toothpaste date from 1940.

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Stetson ~ Hat Adverts [1945-1948] Illustrations by Phil Dormont

“How to look every inch the country gentleman.”
These ads for Stetson Hats date from 1945-48. They were mainly illustrated by Phil Dormont, but other artists were also used here and there, including Slayton Underhill, Scott Evans, Edwin Dahlberg and a couple whose signatures I can’t read.

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Swan Soap ~ Skin Care Adverts [1946]

“Should husbands help around the house?”
These two ads for Swan soap date from 1946.

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Tek ~ Toothbrush Adverts [1947] Illustrated by Robert George Harris

“No other toothbrush has all these features!”
These two ads for Tek toothbrushes are from 1947. They were illustrated by Robert George Harris.

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Textron ~ Lingerie Adverts [1945-1949] Illustrations by C.J. Sternberg

“Silky soft as a dandelion puff.”
These beautiful illustrated ads for Textron women’s underwear date from 1945-49.

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Textron ~ Nightwear Adverts [1947-1949] Illustrations by Frederick Siebel

“Silky soft as a dandelion puff.”
These beautiful illustrated ads for Textron women’s underwear date from 1945-49.

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The Handlebar Club [1947]

Hirsute Englishmen have made a London Saloon the shrine to gentlemen who sport “smashers”.
I came across this article from 1947 about The Handlebar Club quite by chance and thought it too good not to share!

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Trolls Candy Mints ~ Confectionary Adverts [1946]

“Tasty, tempting, delicious!”
These ads for Trolls mint sweets are all from 1946.

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Trushay ~ Skin Care Adverts [1944-1946]

“Soft as whispers… your hands thrill him as they touch his face.”
These ads for Trushay hand lotion are from 1944-46.

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TruVal ~ Menswear Adverts [1947-1948] Illustrations

“Way up on top in everything but price!”
These illustrated ads for TruVal men’s shirts date from 1947-48. They all featured the bespectacled fox from the logo in various poses.

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TruVal ~ Menswear Adverts [1947] “Twins”

“The girls who married twin brothers.”
These ads for TruVal men’s shirts are all from 1947. They featured three different sets of twins.

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Twigs ~ Childrenswear Adverts [1947-1950]

“Like daddy’s in all but size.”
These ads for Twigs boys clothing date from 1947-50.

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Underwood “Deviled Ham” ~ Meat Adverts [1941]

“All men go for it!”
These ads for Underwood’s “Deviled Ham” date from 1940.

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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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Valvoline ~ Car Maintenance Adverts [1945-1948]

“Faultlessly lubricated with Valvoline.”
These ads for Valvoline motor oil are from 1945-48.

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Van Raalte – Lingerie Adverts [1949-1952] Stockings

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

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Van Raalte ~ Lingerie Adverts [1935-1946]

“Because you love nice things.”
These Van Raalte lingerie ads are from 1935-46.

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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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Waxtex ~ Kitchenwear Adverts [1942-1943]

“America’s handiest food-saver!”
These striking black and white illustrated ads for Waxtex waxed paper are from 1942-43.

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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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Webster ~ Cigars Adverts [1946-1948] Illustrated by Edwin Georgi

“Executive America’s top cigar.”
These ads for Webster cigars date from 1946-48 with illustrations by Edwin Georgi.

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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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Wembley Ties ~ Neckwear Adverts [1948-1951]

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

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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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Westinghouse ~ Kitchen Appliance Adverts [1944-1945] “Laundromat”

“To a man’s heart through his hide!”
These ads for the Westinghouse “Laundromat” washing machine date from 1944-45.

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Westinghouse ~ Kitchen Appliance Adverts [1946-1949]

“Every house needs Westinghouse!”
These style of ad campaign for various Westinghouse kitchen electricals date from 1946-49.

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Westinghouse ~ Lighting Adverts [1941-1942] “Mazda Lamps” Illustrations

“For better sight use better light!”
These black and white illustrated ads for Mazda Lamps, produced by Westinghouse, date from 1941-42. Unfortunately the artist/artists didn’t sign them so I don’t know who they are by.

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White Rock ~ Soft Drinks Adverts [1946-1948] Illustrations by John Holmgren

“You’re positively colossal, Psyche!”
These illustrated ads for White Rock sparkling water date from 1946-48, with artwork by John Holmgren. Each ad featured the (very) scantily clad character of Psyche getting on wives nerves and over exciting the menfolk before calming them all down with a drink.

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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.

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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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Women’s Fashion Shoot [1945] Big Fall Hats

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

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Woodbury ~ Skin Care Adverts [1941] “Cold Cream”

“Want a Morning Glory complexion? Take a Woodbury Beauty Nightcap tonight.”
These ads for Woodbury Cold Cream are all from 1941. Each one featured a different famous actress of the time, plus a mention of the film they were currently starring in.

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Wurlitzer ~ Jukebox Adverts [1947] Illustrated by Albert Dorne

“Thrill to the tone and beauty!”
These illustrated Wurlitzer jukebox ads date from 1947-48, with artwork by Albert Dorne.

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Yardley ~ Perfume Adverts [1942-1946] “Bond Street”

“Keep your best face forward!”
These ads for Yardley’s “Bond Street” perfume and beauty preparations date from 1942-46.

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Yardley ~ Perfume Adverts [1942-1948] “English Lavender”

“Be young… be bright… be lovely.”
These ads for Yardley’s “English Lavender” perfume date from 1942-48.

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Yardley ~ Perfume Adverts [1947-1948] “Bond Street” Illustrations by W K Plummer & Bernard Lamotte

“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.

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