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.

Go to Brands & Products to see a list of all the items I have added so far, or view by category or decade via the menus above and below.

Latest Additions

Relax Maths! Texas Instruments ~ Adverts [1990’s]

These fun Italian adverts for Texas Instruments are both from 1990. I don’t remember maths being so cool!

Vintage Valentines Greeting Cards [1940’s-1960’s]

It’s that time of year again when you send your beloved a meat-based greeting card to express your secret love. Creepy monkeys and suicidal skunks are a good choice, too.

Cheesy Retro Christmas LP Covers

Some may consider these to be a selection of the worst Christmas LP covers you will ever clap sight of. Personally, I think many are inspired genius!

Labyrinth ~ Movie Posters [1980’s]

On looking into Labyrinth movie posters, I found there were several designs produced world-wide for its cinematic release in 1986. The Japanese versions are very sci-fi, and I love the Polish version featuring Ludo.

Retro Yuletide Jumpers [1950’s-1980’s]

Here is a fine selection of images from the front of festive knitting patterns.I just can’t decide which one I love most! Not that I’d ever wear one…

Vintage Halloween Greeting Cards [1940’s – 1960’s]

This is a selection of some of my favourite vintage Halloween postcards I’ve gathered together on over the past few days (edited to bring their colours out). There are some right mad ones in there!

Les Baxter ~ LP Covers [1960’s-1970’s]

I’m a massive fan of exotica and lounge music and enjoy nothing better than scouring the charity shops for a new gem to add to my LP collection!
Les Baxter is one my favourites, so I’ve collected together images of some of his LP covers, which are as weird and wonderful as his music.

Elvira And The Party Monsters ~ Flyer [1980’s]

“When they named a game after me, it had to be built!”
Elvira And The Party Monsters pinball machine was produced in 1989.

Journey Escape ~ Video Game Advert [1982]

“You’re on the road with Journey, one of the world’s hottest rock groups. A spectacular performance has just ended. Now it’s up to you to guide each Journey Band Member past hordes of Love-Crazed Groupies, Sneaky Photographers, and Shifty-Eyed Promoters to the safety of the Journey Escape Vehicle in time to make the next concert. Your mighty manager and loyal roadies are there to help, but the escape is up to you!”

Especially For You ~ The Hit Factory Singles [1980’s]

I was quite a fan of Stock, Aitken & Waterman (SAW) back in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, and am happy to admit I still am! An old school friend won some tickets on the radio to one of their live road shows in Bristol (1989 or 1990 I think). I know Sonia performed, but for the life of me can’t remember who else did!

Sweet Wrappers [1970’s & 1980’s]

Chewits, Black Jacks, Curly Wurly… I can feel my teeth disintegrating just thinking about all those lovely after school sweet treats! Here’s a selection of 1970’s & 1980’s original wrappers, from a time when penny sweets were still a penny.