Retro Musings

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).

Go to Brands & Products to see a list of all the items I have added so far, or view by category or decade via the menus above and below.

Latest Additions

Textron ~ Men’s 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.

Kent ~ Cigarette Adverts [1955-1956]

“Don’t you, too, deserve Kents?”
These ads for Kent cigarettes are from 1955-56.

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.

Chrysler “Dodge Dart” ~ Car Adverts [1959-1960]

“So much fun for so little money!”
These car ads for Dodge Dart by Chrysler are from 1959-60.

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!

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!

Vidal Sassoon ~ Hair Care Adverts [c.1985]

“What your hair does for you, depends on what you do for your hair.”
These ads for Vidal Sassoon hair care products date from c.1985.

Miller “High Life” ~ Ale Adverts [1959-1960] Illustrated by John McCormack

“The champagne of bottle beer.”
This illustrated ad campaign for Miller “High Life” lager dates from 1959-60, with artwork by by John McCormack.

Acrilan ~ Womenswear Adverts [1954]

“Gay young fashions in a remarkable fabric.”
These women’s fashion ads for Acrilan fabric date from 1954.

Chevrolet “Corvair” ~ Car Adverts [1960]

“Small wonder – with a wonderful ride!”
These car ads for Corvair by Chevrolet are from 1960.

Magnificent ~ Hair Care Adverts [1968-1971]

“Let’s get it together!”
These ads for Magnificent hair care products date from 1968-71.

“Roblee” Brown Shoe Company ~ Men’s Shoe Adverts [1955-1958]

“The open-collar feeling in leather.”
These ads for “Roblee” men’s shoes by Brown Shoe Company date from 1955-58.

Duke ~ Hair Care Adverts [1960-1973]

“Women love that Duke look!”
These ads for mens hair styling product “Duke” date from 1960 to 1973.

Twigs ~ Childrenswear Adverts [1947-1950]

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

Raveen ~ Hair Care Adverts [1960-1974]

“There you go being beautiful again!”
These ads for womens hair styling products “Raveen” date from 1960 to 1974.

Akai ~ Hi-Fi Adverts [1986]

“Okay, Akai.”
These three ads are from a triple page spread for Akai CD players, receivers and video players, dating from 1986.

“Life Stride” Brown Shoe Company ~ Women’s Shoe Adverts [1958-1963]

“The young point of view in shoes.”
These ads for “Life Stride” women’s shoes by Brown Shoe Company date from 1958-63.

Better Badges ~ Punk Pin Badge Adverts [1979-1982]

“Step out in style in a snug comfortable badge!”
These ad for Better Badges punk pin badges date from 1979-82.

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.

Curtiss Candy ~ Confectionery Adverts [1947-1949]

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

Philips ~ Hi-Fi Adverts [1986-1987] Illustrated

“More woofers than Battersea dogs home.”
This illustrated ad campaign for various Philips CD/cassette players is from 1986-87.

Daniel Green ~ Women’s Shoe Adverts [1963-1968]

“Neat feet… soft treat!”
These ads for Daniel Green women’s shoes and slippers date from 1963-68.

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.

Prell ~ Hair Care Adverts [1947-1949]

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

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.

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.

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

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

Cheers! ~ Christmas Ale Adverts [1950-1959]

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