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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Intarsia Cartoon Sweater Knitting Patterns [1980s-1990’s]

During the 1980’s-1990’s, Intarsia (a UK based company) produced over one hundred super cool knitted jumper patterns of cartoon TV characters (plus a few non-cartoon characters too). They are out of print these days, but still circulate on the second-hand market.

Spud ~ Cigarette Adverts [1939-1940]

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

Listen Webcor ~ Adverts [1950’s]

“All music sounds better on a Webcor.”
These Webcor ads for their high fidelity fonografs and tape recorders date from 1956-58.

Sedbury “Fashions For Men” ~ Adverts [1970’s]

“Fashions For Men”
These adverts for US mail order company Sedbury date from 1970-73. Bell bottom pants, open-front vests, wide lapels, cape shoulders, and all in a choice of scene stealing colours! Order mine in avocado.

Fuzzy Wuzzy Slippers [1960’s-1970’s]

Here are some super cute furry slippers from various 1960-70’s catalogues.

Latex Balloons, Meat & Pretty Girls [Life, 1939]

“A pretty girl steps inside a latex balloon.”
I recently came across this bizarre article from 1939, demonstrating the use of latex wrapping on meat by placing a semi-dressed lady inside a giant balloon and shrink wrapping her.

Sears “The Comfort Shirt” & “Give n’ Take Slacks” ~ Adverts [1970’s]

“They’ve got all the moves.”
These adverts for Sears Give-n’-Slacks and The-Comfort-Shirt date from 1970-71.

Sears “The-Men’s-Store” Playboy ~ Adverts [1960’s]

This series of adverts for Sears “The-Men’s-Store”, dating from 1968-69, were photographed in the New York Playboy Club.

Bill The Hatter ~ Adverts [1970’s]

Bill The Hatter was (and still is) a mail order company founded in Chicago in 1949 dealing in men’s hats, shoes and clothing. The ads here are for their funky 1970’s men’s fashions.

WHSmiths Kids Stationary ~ Adverts [1988]

I came across this old WHSmith advert from 1988 the other day and it reminded me of my own extensive collection of stationery items from this time. Sparkly pencils, novelty rubbers, patterned pencil cases, funky rulers, funny shaped sharpener… all my pocket money went on these things!

Like, Totally Lisa Frank! [1980’s]

Bananas wearing zebra print bikinis, koala cheerleaders, kittens with rainbow coloured angel wings and ice cream sundae’s in space? It can only be Lisa Frank!

Kids Cereals [1980’s-1990’s]

Television, toys, games and movie cereals from the 1980’s-90’s. Mmm, artificially flavoured goodness! Oooh, and apparently peanut better and chocolate-flavoured crispy sweetened 2-grain cereal is E.T.’s favourite flavours…

Bakelite Dolls by Ideal ~ Adverts [1953]

I just found these four 1953 adverts for Ideal/Bakelite dolls. The ventriloquist dummies are simply fearful, and the bear’s not much better!

Van Raalte ~ Lingerie Adverts [1960’s]

“Opens the door to a world of nice things”
These ads from 1963-65 have a slight voyeuristic feel to them, what with the peeping through doorways at ladies in a state of undress.

Van Raalte “VR” ~ Lingerie Adverts [1960’s]

“Because you love nice things.”
This striking advertising campaign featured lingerie clad ladies posing with large model letters “V” and “R”.

Van Raalte ~ Lingerie Adverts [1950’s]

“Because you love nice things.”
These Van Raalte lingerie ads are from the 1950’s, which had a mixture of full colour and black & white ads.

Van Raalte ~ Lingerie Adverts [1930’s-1940’s]

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

Van Raalte – Stockings Adverts [1940-1950’s]

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

Van Raalte – Gloves ~ Adverts [1950’s-1960’s]

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

Vanity Fair “All Is Vanity” ~ Lingerie Adverts [1950-1970’s]

Here is a collection of technicolor Vanity Fair lingerie adverts from 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s. I love the plain, bright backdrops, full length bodies and partially hidden faces.

Seven-Up “Where There’s Action” ~ Adverts [1960’s]

“The taste that’s fresh and frisky!”
Here are some Seven-Up ads from 1965 featuring young, swinging people doing various kinds of social or sporting activities.

Connie Shoes ~ Advert [1970’s]

I just came across this deliciously funky 1973 pink and blue platform shoe advert for “Some Baby!” by Connie Shoes. I hoped to find a few more like it, but alas no luck. However, the next best thing to finding more magazine adverts, a 1972 commercial, animated by Sally Cruikshank. Just as amazing!

Barbara Cartland “The Romance Of Food” ~ Cook Books [1984]

“What woman does not long to be carried like a lamb in the arms of the man she loves.”<
Published in 1984, The Romance of Food by Barbara Cartland features over 170 pages full of cream-laden “aphrodisiacs for the young lovers”, all beautifully photographed in the kitsch-est 1980’s style imaginable.

Gifts & Gimmicks ~ Adverts [1980’s]

The back of Boys’ Live magazine advertised everything from an ALF fan club membership and Nintendo strategy play book, to garlic bubble gum and windshield wiper glasses. You could also buy your own official nickname, a fetching pair of leather fingerless gloves, and a ventriloquists dummy which looks a bit like Sloth from Goonies.

Crazy, Mad, Vivid Toys! ~ Catalogues [1960’s]

Whilst I was scanning through my collection of 1960’s catalogues for a Powder Monki post featuring Lurid Lounge Wear, I also came across a selection of lurid coloured toys too. I’m now on the look out for the pink goose bank!

Co-ordinated Casuals For The Young Pacesetters ~ Catalogues [1970’s]

“Instant outfits for today’s pant people!”
For girls who want today’s favoured Folk-Art Look, boys who want to be done up sailor-style, and crushed velvet for holiday happenings for the grown-ups.

Lurid Lounge Wear ~ Catalogues [1970’s]

Feeling a bit hung over from all that New Year’s Eve partying? Here’s some lurid lounge wear which won’t help with that one bit!

Star Wars Fan Club ~ Adverts [1977-1980]

“An exciting offer for earthlings!” Here are some spectacular b&w adverts for the Star Wars Fan Club I found in Boys’ Life magazine (1977, 78 & 80). I also found two belt buckle ads, a patch ad and a flying model rocket ad.