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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Real Silk ~ Stockings Adverts [1939-1940]

“Gossamer glamour for the transcendent occasion.”
These ads for Real Silk hosiery date from 1939-40.

Berkshire ~ Stockings Adverts [1947-1949]

“For the loveliest legs in the world!”
These ads for Berkshire stocking date from 1947-49.

Pepsi-Cola “Pepsi Cold” ~ Soft Drink Adverts [1966-1969]

“Taste that beats the others cold!”
This ad campaign from Pepsi-Cola date from late 1966 to mid 1969.

Paul Jones ~ Whisky Adverts [1943-1947] Illustrations

“A gentleman’s whiskey.”
These ads for Paul Jones whisky date from 1943-47.

Low-Impact Aerobics, High-Impact Lycra [Working Mother, 1986]

“Tired of huffing and puffing, jiggling and jogging?”
This article on low-impact aerobics is from Working Mother magazine, Nov 1986. It goes without saying, my favourite move has to be the funky chicken, although anything performed in these glaring lycra outfits would be pretty funky.

Beach & Resort Wear [Ebony, 1980]

“Designer resort wear so new and snazzy they’ll make all heads turn.”
This fashion shoot for Ebony magazine from Feb 1980 starts of fairly average then takes a swift turn into the bizarre and grotesque with monkey fur, the “gay ’90’s”, leopard print and chamois leather.

Honda ~ Scooter Adverts [1964-1966]

“You meet the nicest people on a Honda.”
This ad campaign for Honda scooters dates from 1964 to early 1966.

Honda ~ Scooter Adverts [1966]

“Some people have all the fun.”
This ad campaign for Honda scooters is from 1966.

Honda ~ Scooter Adverts [1967]

“Honda shapes the world of wheels.”
This ad campaign for Honda scooters is from 1967.

All Ways ~ Hair Care Adverts [1992-1993]

“Space age results.”
These two ads for All Ways 911 emergency leave in conditioner are from 1992-93.

Care Free Curl ~ Hair Care Adverts [1981-1989]

“Be daring. Be bold.”
These ads for Care Free Curl hair products by Soft Sheen date from 1981-89.

Palmolive ~ Soap Adverts [1945-1948]

“Lovelier skin in 14 days!”
These ads for Palmolive soap are from 1945-48 and continued the “doctors prove” campaign from the previous year.

Palmolive ~ Soap Adverts [1943-1944]

“Doctors prove 2 out of 3 women can have more beautiful skin in 14 days!”
These ads for Palmolive soap are from 1943-44, and offered women scientific proof of a more beautiful skin for those whose complexion had “lost that lovely look”.

Palmolive ~ Soap Adverts [1941-1942]

“Now more than ever, keep that schoolgirl complexion!”
These ads for Palmolive soap are from 1941-42, and contained such sentences as “for his sake, guard your loveliness”.

Colegate ~ Toothpaste Adverts [1948] Comic Strip

“It cleans your breath while it cleans your teeth!”
These comic strip ads for Colgate toothpaste are from 1948.

Borden’s “Hemo” ~ Drink Adverts [1942-1946] Illustrations by Walter Early

“Drink your vitamins and like ’em!”
These illustrated ads by Walter Early for Borden’s Hemo, a fortified chocolate malt drink, date from 1942-46.

Borden’s “None Such Mince Meat” ~ Adverts [1940-1941]

“A tip from Elsie, the Borden cow.”
These slightly disturbing illustrated ads for Borden’s mincemeat date from 1940-41.

Borden’s ~ Dairy Adverts [1939-1949] Illustrations by Walter Early

“If it’s Borden’s it’s got to be good!”
These illustrations by Walter Early are from Borden’s dairy adverts from 1939-1949.

Get In Shape Girl by Hasbro ~ Catalogues [1986-1987]

“A fitness programme for today’s young girl.”
During the mid to late 1980’s, Hasbro produced a line of fitness sets aimed at young girls.

Lustre Creme “Dream Girl” ~ Shampoo Adverts [1948]

“”Once her hair was her despair, now she’s a Lustre-Creme Dream Girl.””
These Lustre Creme shampoo ads from 1948 all had a very similar theme: shiny hair does a husband find.

Yardley “English Lavender” ~ Perfume & Soap Adverts [1942-1948]

“Be young… be bright… be lovely.”
These ads for Yardley’s “English Lavender” perfume date from 1942-48.

Yardley “Bond Street” ~ Perfume Adverts [1947-1948] Illustrations by W K Plummer & Bernard Lamotte

“The perfume of lovely women everywhere.”
These ads for Yardley’s “Bond Street” perfume date from 1947-48. They feature illustrated backgrounds by W K Plummer and Bernard Lamotte.

Yardley “Bond Street” ~ Perfume & Makeup Adverts [1942-1946]

“Keep your best face forward!”
These ads for Yardley’s “Bond Street” perfume and beauty preparations date from 1942-46.

Pepsi-Cola “Come Alive!” ~ Soft Drink Adverts [1964-1966]

“You’re in the Pepsi generation!”
These ads for Pepsi-Cola date from mid 1964 to 1966.

Pepsi-Cola “For Those Who Think Young” ~ Soft Drink Adverts [1961-1964]

“Thinking young is flying to a picnic!”
These ads for Pepsi-Cola date from 1961 to mid 1964.

Pepsi-Cola “The Sociables” ~ Soft Drink Adverts [1959-1960] Illustrations

“They entertain the modern way!”
These lovely illustrated ads for Pepsi-Cola date from the end of 1959 though 1960.

JC Penney Menswear ~ Catalogues [1966]

“Young gentry sport shirts.”
These spiffy menswear catalogue images are from a 1966 JC Penneys catalogue and feature an array of mildly amused men sporting knitted cardigans, pullovers and shirts.

Diplomat Shops ~ Menswear Adverts [1973]

“You’ll stand out on any cool scene.”
These ads for Diplomat Shops menswear are from 1973. You simply can’t go wrong with plaid elephant bell pants.