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).

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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.

Schick ~ Christmas Shaving Adverts [1950-1958]

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

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.

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.

Chesterfield ~ Christmas Cigarette Adverts [1940-1956]

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

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.

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.

Meat! ~ Christmas Food Adverts [1951-1959]

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

“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.

Vintage Christmas Adverts [1950]

“Here’s for happier holidays in your home!”
Here’s a selection of vintage Christmas themed ads from 1950, including household items, fashion, beauty, food and drink, smoking, and travel.

Morrell “Red Heart” ~ Dog Food Adverts [1950-1951] Illustrated

“Love that Red Heart!”
These illustrated ads for Morrell “Red Heart” tinned dog food date from 1950-51.

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.

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.

Embassy ~ Cigarette Adverts [1950]

“Do you think you are smoking too much?”
These ads for Embassy cigarettes are from 1950 and feature smokers solemnly contemplating the amount they puff.

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

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

Cannon Towels ~ Bathroom Adverts [1946-1955]

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

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

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

HMV ~ Chart Music Adverts [1981-1983]

“Cheap thrills at HMV!”
This style of black and white ad for HMV chart music ran from 1981-83.

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

“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.

Kellogg’s “Gro-Pup” ~ Dog Food Adverts [1950-1951]

“It’s made me what I am today!”
These ads for Kellogg’s “Gro-Pup” dry dog food date from 1950-51.

Putting It Together ~ Men’s Fashion Shoot [Ebony, 1972]

“Furs, plaids and bold colours spice men’s fashions for fall ’72.”
Ebony magazine’s September 1972 fashion shoot for men was based around layering different colours, patterns and fabrics. And plaid. Lots of plaid.

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.

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.

Afro Sheen ~ Hair Care Adverts [1968-1973]

“Wantu Wazuri (Beautiful People)”
These ads for Afro Sheen hair care products date from 1968-73. Many of the ads used Swahili headlines.