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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“The one anti-perspirant that’s right for every woman”
These Body Mist deodorant adverts are from 1970-75.
“Sisters are different from brothers.”These ads for men’s hair styling product Duke and their women’s range Raveen are from 1964 to 1974.
“The nicest things happen when you choose Gold Seal.” These ads for Gold Seal linoleum flooring are from 1952-57.
“All things exotic in satin.” These slightly saucy ads for Scintilla satin bedding are from 1970-75.
“Kraft…means more than cooking.” This ad campaign by Kraft ran in 1975. Each ad included a recipe using various Kraft products.
“Different strokes for different folks.” These ads for Annie Green Springs fruit wine are from 1975.
“The beautiful hairstyling doll.” These Kenya doll adverts by Tyco are from 1992-95.
“Have a Swanson night soon!” These Swanson TV dinner adverts are from 1955-56. I find the simple design of these ads appealing, the food not so much.
“A tantalising touch. Proper behaviour when it’s just the two of you.” Canadian Mist’s “Mist Behaving” campaign ran from 1988 to 1993.
“Get in the feeling. Go Misting.” Canadian Mist’s “Misting” campaign ran from around 1977 to 1985. There was even matching his and hers caftans, jumpsuits, walking sticks and zodiac pendants!
“World’s smartest sofa hides the world’s most comfortable bed!” These Hide-A-Bed ads by Simmons date from 1947 to 1956.
“A slight improvement on perfection.” These Technics CD and cassette player ads date from 1980-86. They are all very sci-fi with dark backgrounds, moonscapes, lasers and grids.
“No one lets you experience the Power of Music like General Electric.” These General Electric portable cassette player and hi-fi ads date from 1985-86. Red-Hot-Power!
“This deck is loaded.” These little b/w Toshiba cassette player ads date from 1983-87. Auto-reverse. Twin deck. Graphic equalizers. Anti-roll. What more could you want?
“A new experience in “360” high-fidelity.” These Columbia “listening in depth” ads date from 1957-58.
“The Secret? It’s in the crotch.” Action Jeans (aka Kickin’ Jeans) were produced by Century Martial Arts from 1977 to 1991 and endorsed by Chuck Norris from 1981.
“As recommended by the medical profession.”Health vests were obviously quite the thing in England in the 1950’s, and after looking over these knitting patterns you’ll wonder how you ever survived without one.
“It doesn’t cling, doesn’t creep, doesn’t twist.” These four swinging sixties Non-Cling underwear ads by Sears are from 1968.
“Kmart. Yes. Kmart.”These ads for Kmart kids clothing are all from 1987.
“Now… jersey you can wash and wear!”These three ads for Acrilan (a synthetic acrylic fibre) are from 1956 and each feature three women wearing contrasting coloured clothing.
“A luxury sweater of Acrilan.”These four ads for Acrilan are from 1955. Each advert featured a film star wearing an Acrilan sweater and the film they were currently staring in.
“Peppier than pepperoni and getting hotter every season!”These ads for men’s Italian clothing line Leonardo Strassi date from 1964-69.
“Sansabelt… the greatest thing that ever happened to men’s slacks!”These men’s trouser ads by Jaymar are from 1966-79.
“Seat fabrics elegant enough to inspire a famous fashion designer.”This style of ad campaign by Fisher Body ran from around 1962-68. Many ads feature glamorous models wearing hout couture.
“Makes time stand still.”These amazing space-age style ads for Fisher Body date from 1957-59 and are a collage of photography and illustration.
“The only car with wide track wheels.”These lovely illustrations for various Pontiac cars date from 1959-69. The artwork was created by Art Fitzpatrick (AF), who drew the cars, and Van Kaufman (VK), who drew the backgrounds.
“Buy the paint that’s worth the work… the beauty lasts!”These super adverts for Du Pont paints date from 1958-59.