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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Kelvinator “Foodarama” ~ Adverts [1954-1959]

“And now! Fabulous “Foodarama” by Kelvinator!”
These ads for Kelvinator’s “Foodarama” fridge/freezer are from 1955-59.

International Fashions ~ Menswear Adverts [1972-1975]

“Unmistakable international…unquestionably today’s fashions.”
These ads for International Fashions date from 1970-75. They feature daringly dressed men with a lady hanging around in the background.

Swank ~ Menswear Adverts [1972-1974]

“Your Saturday Night 3pc special makes you the big gun.”
These small black and white ads for Swank date from 1972-74 and feature some splendidly named men’s suits, descriptions and poses.

Smith House Of Leather ~ Menswear Adverts [1972-1976]

These small black and white ads for Smith House Of Leather date from 1972-76 and feature some slightly awkward models.

Michelangelo Knitwear ~ Menswear Adverts [1969-1970]

The Fine Art of Italian Knits
These three ads for Michelangelo knitwear date from 1969 to 1970 and feature America Baseball player Walt Frazier.

Salem “Fresh On The Scene” ~ Cigarette Adverts [1989-1992]

Fresh On The Scene
These Salem cigarette adverts are from 1989-92. The chaps appear to be “getting fresh” with the ladies in these ads to mixed responses!

Edison Electric Institute ~ Electricity Adverts [1965-1967]

“You live better electrically.”
These Gold Medallion Home ads are from 1965-67. Look how happy electricity makes them!

Honda ~ Scooter Adverts [1985-1986] Celebrity Ads

In 1985-86, a rather bizarre collection of celebrities put their names to Honda Scooters for both magazine and TV commercials.

TCB ~ Illustrated Hair Product Adverts [1987]

“We make you look good!”
These three illustrated TCB ads are from April, May and June of 1987.

Yadley & Madame Alexander Dolls ~ Adverts [1950’s]

“Makes you feel so fresh and feminine.”
These five Yardley ads for are from 1956-57. The dolls in the images were designed by Madame Alexander, a company which has been making dolls since 1923.

Wembley “Nor-East” Ties ~ Adverts [1940’s]

“Watch him crush it!”
These four ads from 1941-42 featured American wrestlers of the day doing their best to wrinkle Wembley’s “Nor-East” ties.

Barbie ~ The Most Popular Doll In Town [Life, 1963]

“Barbie’s $136 wardrobe from nurse to nightclubber.”
I found this article about Barbie in Life magazine, published in August 1963.

Movie Star ~ Lingerie Adverts [1960-1979]

“Brings out the actress in you!”
These Movie Star lingerie adverts date between 1960 and 1979.

Warner’s “Merry Widow” ~ Lingerie Adverts [1953-1961]

“It’s simply wicked what it does for you.”
These adverts for Warner’s “Merry Widow” lingerie date from 1953 to 1961. They have a slightly sinister masquerade feel to them.

Warner’s ~ Lingerie Adverts [1959]

“The sky’s the limit to your charms!”
These adverts for Warner’s lingerie are all from 1959 and feature a selection of painterly flying ladies.

TCB & Billy Dee Williams ~ Adverts [1984]

“Something to believe in… tcb”
In 1984, Star Wars actor Billy Dee Williams appeared in a series of adverts for TCB hair products.

Helene Curtis – Gay Top ~ Adverts [1958-1961]

“For the Gay Top you game me Helene Curtis, I love you!”
These three adverts for Helene Curtis “Gay Top” are from 1958, 1959 & 1961.

Fashion Fair Cosmetics ~ Adverts [1980’s]

“For beauty so irresistible it’s flirtatious.”
These are my pick of double page spread Fashion Fair Cosmetics adverts from 1979 to 1989 (found in Ebony and Jet magazines). The company began back in 1973, producing cosmetics for “women of colour”, and is still going strong to this day.

Kodak Kodacolor ~ Film Developing Envelope [c.1975]

“FFS holds prices down!”
This Kodacolor film developing envelope by Free Film Service is from the early 1970’s.

Ilford Films ~ Photo Wallet [c.1959]

This Ilford Films photo wallet is from the 1950’s.

Cow & Gate and Glaxo ~ Baby Growth Cards [1966 & 1971]

“See how baby grows.”
These two baby’s weight cards by Cow & Gate and Glaxo are from 1966 and 1971.

Schneider Pens ~ Packaging [1970’s]

“Write with Schneider.”
This German Schneider pen paper bag in from the 1970’s.

Chicken Cookery Plan ~ Recipe Cards [1970’s]

“3 Day-3 Way”
These four recipe cards by Margaret Powell for Woman’s Own magazine are from the early 1970’s.

Crosse & Blackwell “Baked Beans” ~ Packaging [1970’s]

“Free Ladybird Books!”
This Crosse & Blackwell “Baked Beans” tin label is from the early to mid 1970’s, and featured an offer on the back for free Ladybird books for children.

Sewing Patterns ~ Magazine Articles [1970’s]

“Things to make for pleasure and profit.”
Various sewing patterns clipped from 1970’s magazines.

Happy Face Lamps ~ Penneys Catalogue [1970’s]

“Lamps with Light-Up Smiles!”
These splendidly creepy boy and girl clown lamps are from Penneys 1970 Christmas catalogue.

Swinging Safari ~ Sears Catalogue [1960’s]

“Hunt through this and the next three pages for the animal look.”
Found in the 1969 Sears Christmas Catalogue, this delightfully understated range of safari chic. Check out the Zebra telephone!

Easter Brings Eggs and Rabbits [Life, 1939]

These photos are from a Life magazine article dating 1939 which included a few lines on how toys were becoming more and popular as Easter presents, and also a little bit about why rabbits are associated with Easter.