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). I also share some of the delights I find in charity shops.

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Latest Additions

Vintage Christmas Cigarette Adverts [1950s-1960’s]

Here are a few vintage Christmas cigarette adverts from 1950-1960’s.

Singer Sewing Machine ~ Christmas Adverts [1950s-1970’s]

Here are a few vintage Christmas sewing machine adverts from 1950-70’s.

Vintage Christmas Stationary Adverts [1950s-1960’s]

Here’s a selection of Christmas stationary adverts from 1950-60’s.

Vintage Christmas Soft Drink Adverts [1950’s-1960’s]

Here are a few vintage Christmas food and drink adverts from 1950-60’s.

Vintage Christmas Shaving Adverts [1950s-60’s]

Here are some vintage Christmas shaving adverts from the 1950-60’s.

Vintage Christmas Food Adverts [1950s-1960’s]

Here are a few vintage Christmas food adverts from 1958-61. And for after your cranberry-mayo candle feast, Alka-Selzer.

Vintage Christmas Decoration Adverts [1950-60’s]

Here are some Christmas decoration adverts from 1959-63.

Jet Magazine ~ Christmas Covers [1970’s-1980’s]

Today’s festive offering is a selection of cheesy Jet magazine Christmas covers from 1973 to 1985.

Fletcher’s Castoria ~ Adverts [1940’s]

These adverts for Fletcher’s Castoria date from 1939-1941 and feature a lot of finger pointing, angry parents, threats of spanking, and constipated children. There’s also lot of talk about how sensitive a child’s constitution is, but a good whack with a slipper was obviously fine!

Mattel’s Million Dollar Christmas Sweepstakes [1967]

Here’s a wonderful six page spread from Mattel I found in a LIFE magazine dated November 24th 1967. Shame it’s forty eight years too late to enter!

Kooky Spooks – Halloween Costumes & Makeup Kits [1980’s]

Giant Glow-Up Costume Kits
These crazy Halloween costumes were produced in 1979/1980 by Spearhead Industries.

PAAS – Halloween Make-Up Kits ~ Packaging & Adverts [1980’s]

“Kids! This Halloween you can be the creatures you really are!”
PAAS Halloween make-up kits were produced from 1984, and there were six different sets made at first.

Showtime Adult Halloween Makeup Kits ~ Adverts [1980’s]

“This Halloween don’t be just another face in the crowd.”
These makeup kits were aimed at adults and came with glitter and metallic colours. They were produced by Plough in 1985 and 1987.

Children’s Character Costume Sewing Patterns [1980’s-1990’s]

With Halloween just a few days away, I thought it would be fun to look up some 1980’s & 1990’s TV, toy and movie based fancy dress sewing patterns. They range from fun to the down right bizarre!

Toy Costume & Mask Sets by Ben Cooper & Collegeville [1980’s]

Ahh, Halloween. That time of year when you dig out the old flame retardant vinyl costumes and creepy, creepy face masks of your favourite childhood toys…

Lee Fits America – Adverts [1970’s]

Between 1974-79 Lee produced a series of adverts with simple bright coloured backdrops to show off their new clothing, and was topped off with some splendid text. The later ads included the “Lee Fits America” slogan.

Munsingwear “For Men Who Do Things” ~ Adverts [1940’s]

In the early 1940’s, Munsingwear produced a selection of adverts featuring sports and work related activities. They remind me of paper dolls, but with more bending over (as you would expect from Munsingwear).

Toni “Epic-Waves” ~ Adverts [1980’s]

“No more poodle-tight perms, monstrous commitments or not-so-funny between-perm droops.”
I love this set of adverts for Toni’s “Epic-Waves” try-on perms from 1989, featuring porcelain clown, poodle and Bride of Frankenstein faces, and big 80’s hair!

Crazy Sixties Sunglasses [1960’s]

Check out these groovy 1960’s white-framed shades. Sunglasses just too small? How about a welders shield attached to a headband?

Buffy Make-Up & Hairstyling Set [1970’s]

I came across this fearful 1970’s styling head recently. I love the packaging with the housewife-to-hooker before and after effect. Produced by Amsco (Milton Bradley) in 1971, it was just one of the many merchandising products released for the US TV show “Family Affair” in which Buffy was one of the characters.

Fist Faces – Remco [1960’s]

“Your fist becomes a real face.”
I came across this little game yesterday. Produced by Remco in 1966, the box consisted of very little: four plastic nose-eye combos, a bit of fur, an old rag and a pen – “for hours of play and fun”. Well, it’s better than a punch in the face, I guess.

The Kleenex Boutique Collection – Adverts [1960’s-1970’s]

Kleenex Boutique was produced from the late 1960’s to the early 1980’s. Bold colours and crazy paisley toilet paper and tissues, perfect to colour co-ordinate with your furry toilet seat cover! But, if having bright coloured toilet paper only in your bathroom wasn’t enough, a 36 page booklet was released in 1971 full of crazy crafts to spread around the home too.

Soft-Weve Toilet Tissue ~ Adverts [1950’s]

In 1957-59, Soft-Weve (by Scott) produced some beautiful fairytale style adverts for their toilet tissue. Featuring glamorous ladies wearing dresses specially designed to match the colourful toilet rolls they so decorously caress, it is easy to forget just what is being advertised!

Tron ~ See Hear Read

I found this book today in a charity shop (25p) and it bought back memories of reading Back To The Future over and over accompanied by my brick-like cassette player (much like the one featured on the back of this book). Unfortunately the Tron book no longer had the cassette tape, but due to the wonders of the internet I found a digital copy. Some of these movie based books used photos from the actual film, whereas this one is illustrated.

Small World by Avon [1970’s]

“Loveable. Collectable. That’s Avon’s Small World!”
Christmas of 1970, Avon began to produce an adorable line of cosmetics and bath items for girls called “Small World”. It was based on Disney’s “It’s A Small World” ride, with characters designed by Mary Blair.

Fur-tastic Bathroom Accessories of the 1970’s

Welcome madam, sir! Looking for some dubiously unhygienic fur coverings for your bathroom furniture? Well, step back into the 1970’s, you’ve come to the right place!

Nice To See You, To See You Nice – The Generation Game Board Game [1970’s]

I stumbled across this delightful selection of boardgames in the 1976 Argos catalogue, which I was browsing (as you do). I was immediately captivated by Brucie’s little smiling face and had to learn more!

Lee Can Change Your Image – Adverts [1970’s]

This set of Lee publicity shots from 1971 featured manly poses whilst wearing a lion’s head. Just a little bit bizarre.