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

Peter Pan Peanut Butter ~ Food Adverts [1949-1950]

“Mmm… so fresh and smooth… ah… so smooth and fresh!”

These adverts for Peter Pan Peanut Butter, produced by Derby, date from 1949-1950.

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Kodak ~ Camera Adverts [1961]

“Another Electric-Eye!”
These Kodak camera adverts are from 1961. Each ad has a close-up of a person using a camera, with the action going on behind them.

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What’s That Smell? ~ Catalogues [1975]

Here’s a series of catalogue shots from 1975 using what I like to call the “What’s that smell?” pose.

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Women’s Fashion Shoot [1969] Moods For Sleeping

“A”Moods for sleeping from the old silver screen.”
This fashion article is from Life magazine, April 1969. It features French actress Genevieve Gilles modelling an array of glamorous nightwear.

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Women’s Fashion Shoot [1989] Hat Parade!

“You, too, can join the Hat Parade!”
What was is store for us in the hat world of April 1989? Let’s find out!

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Camel [1937-1948] Cigarette Adverts ~ Comic Strips

“Camels never get on your nerves!”
These comic strip ads for Camel cigarettes date from 1937-48 and feature a range of stunt men, circus folk and dare devils!

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Avon ~ Christmas Cosmetics Adverts [1963-1969]

“Gift by Avon… A joy to select… A joy to give… A joy to receive!”
These Christmas adverts for Avon cosmetics date from 1963-69.

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Spun-lo ~ Lingerie Adverts [1951-1952] Illustrated

“What all girls desire!”
These black and white illustrated ads for Spun-lo lingerie date from mid 1951-52. They had white backgrounds and a little rhyme about an expensive luxury and their cheap undies.

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Spun-lo ~ Lingerie Adverts [1951] Illustrated

“So healthy for my budget!”
These black and white illustrated ads for Spun-lo lingerie date from early 1951. They started off with full backgrounds, which were then reduced to just the mid section.

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Spun-lo ~ Lingerie Adverts [1950] Illustrated

“Snap, snap, snap your fingers at undie bills!”
These black and white illustrated ads for Spun-lo lingerie date from 1950.

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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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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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Raleigh [1971-72] Cigarette Adverts

“Spend a milder moment with Raleigh.”
These ads for Raleigh cigarettes date from 1971-72 and featured couples smoking in sunny countryside surroundings.

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Raleigh [1970-1971] Cigarette Adverts

“Spend a milder moment with the quiet taste of Raleigh.”
These ads for Raleigh cigarettes date from 1970-71 and featured couples smoking in golden sunset surroundings.

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Belair [1970-1972] Cigarette Adverts

“Start fresh with Belair.”
These ads for Belair menthol cigarettes date from 1970-72 and featured couples smoking in blue skied seaside surroundings.

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Belair & Raleigh [1966-1967] Cigarette Adverts

“They like the taste.”
These ads for Belair cigarettes and Raleigh menthol cigarettes date from 1966-67. The ads were show in pairs, one either side of a double page, and mirrored each other in composition.

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Community ~ Cutlery Adverts [1955]

“Together – you’ll be proud of your Community.”
These ads for Community silverplate cutlery dates from 1955. The ads featured happy couples sharing a meal (mostly).

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Community ~ Cutlery Adverts [1954] Illustratrated by Jon Whitcomb

“She’s in love… and she loves Community.”
This illustrated ad campaign for Community silverplate cutlery dates from 1954. The artwork was by Jon Whitcomb and featured sitting couples, shown from the shoulders down.

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Sears ~ Lingerie Adverts [1969]

“Sears has gone wild!”
These ads for Sears support lingerie are from 1969. The models were all posing outdoors with large wild cats.

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Marlboro Shirt Co. ~ Menswear Adverts [1955-1956] Illustratrated

“Caresses like cashmere… washes like magic!”
These illustrated ads for men’s sportswear by Marboro Shirt Co. date from 1955-56.

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Sears ~ Lingerie Adverts [1968]

“Sears shapes a woman’s world.”
These ads for Sears support lingerie are from 1968. The models looked like they were posing on big pools of bright paint.

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Marlboro Shirt Co. ~ Menswear Adverts [1955] Illustratrated

“Sports shirts with a flair for style!”
These illustrated ads for men’s sportswear by Marboro Shirt Co. date from 1955. The ads were a mixture of chalk figures and painted shirts.

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Community ~ Cutlery Adverts [1952-1953] Illustratrated by Jon Whitcomb

“She’s in love… and she loves Community.”
This illustrated ad campaign for Community silverplate cutlery ran from late 1952 and throughout 1953. The artwork was by Jon Whitcomb and featured young married women daydreaming about their new cutlery.

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Du Pont ~ Menswear Adverts [1961] Antron

“New life, new lustre, new luxury.”
These ads for men’s fashions made from Du Pont “Antron” nylon date from 1961. The ads were all shades of blue with a slightly misty focus.

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Community ~ Cutlery Adverts [1951-1952] Illustratrated by Jon Whitcomb

“…for keeps.”
This illustrated ad campaign for Community silverplate cutlery ran throughout 1951 until mid 1952. The artwork was by Jon Whitcomb and featured young engaged couples embracing.

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Du Pont ~ Menswear Adverts [1960] Dacron/Orlon

“The fun is in the wearing.”
These ads for men’s fashions made from Du Pont “Dacron” polyester and “Orlon” acrylic fibre date from from 1960. The ads feature men in various sporting and leisure scenarios.

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Community ~ Cutlery Adverts [1950] Illustratrated by Jon Whitcomb

“Yours to live with… yours to love… for keeps.”
This illustrated ad campaign for Community silverplate cutlery ran throughout 1950. The artwork was by Jon Whitcomb and featured young married or engaged couples.

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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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