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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“Be lovely to love.”
These ads for Fresh deodorant are from 1946-50. The design changed very little over the years, always featuring a kissing couple wearing glamorous evening attire.
“Ask for Birds Eye, Get Birds Eye!” These ads for various Birds Eye frozen food products date from 1946-49. Each ad featured a different recipe and technicolour photo, plus little illustrations at the bottom.
“Martin Denny presents the enticing voice of Ethel Azama.” This weeks Sunday Lounge Listening is “Exotic Dreams” by Ethel Azama, with arrangement by Paul Conrad from 1959.
“Why, yes, your kitchen will be as gay and time-saving as these if you re-do it the ‘Never Before’ way!” These ads for Nairn linoleum flooring are from 1940-41.
“Handknits for all the family.” This small, A6 magazine by Patons & Beehive was published in 1963. It included instructions for nine designs as well as images of a selection of their other patterns. There was also hints and tips on various aspects of handknitting.
“Wouldn’t you rather have a Buick?” These ads for Buick cars are from 1964-65.
“All this… and Hayworth too!” These magazine ads for movies are all from 1944.
“Uncover the natural brilliance of your smile!” These ad’s for Pepsodent toothpaste date from 1946-47
“Margarine for me!” These ads for the National Association of Margarine Manufacturers date from 1947-48. They all had bright yellow backgrounds and were three distinct styles, two of which were illustrated.
“The wedding of pairs of songs.” This weeks Sunday Lounge Listening is “Double Exposures” by Manny Albam & His Orchestra, 1960.
“We help around the home.”
These ads for various Rubbermaid household storage items date from 1977-79.
“I’m out of the washday picture!” These ads for Bendix washing machines are from 1946-47.
“Only Chevrolet is first!” These striking ads for Chevrolet cars are from 1948.
“”Here’s a thrill, new and gay! It’s a dance filled holiday!” These magazine ads for movies are all from 1943.
“Faultlessly lubricated with Valvoline.” These ads for Valvoline motor oil are from 1945-48.
“Pick Dole: the pineapple with the fresh fruit taste.” This ad campaign for Dole “Hawaiian Pineapple” dates from 1962-66. Each advert also included a recipe.
“If the Snider folks put it up… it tastes like home!” These fun illustrated ads for Snider’s “Old Fashioned Chili Sauce” and “Catsup” date from 1943-48.
“You’re positively colossal, Psyche!” These illustrated ads for White Rock sparkling water date from 1946-48, with artwork by John Holmgren. Each ad featured the (very) scantily clad character of Psyche getting on wives nerves and over exciting the menfolk before calming them all down with a drink.
“I love him because he don’t know how to kiss – the jerk!” These magazine ads for movies are all from 1942.
“The $64 Question” These ads for Eversharp pens date from 1943-46.
“Giddy colours, queer heels adorn the spring shoes!” These women’s shoes are from Life magazine, April 1939. They were notable for “the queerest heels and brightest colours in years”.
“Makes cars stay beautiful!” These ads for Simoniz car cleaner and polish are from 1937-40.
“Beauty on a budget…” These ads for Ship ‘N Shore women’s fashions date from 1949-50.
“All-time favourites with a solid beat.” This weeks Sunday Lounge Listening is “Cocktails Anyone?” by Bob Creash Quintet, 1958.
“It isn’t your necklace they’ll notice, pet!”
These illustrated Mum deodorant adverts are from 1945-46.
“The champ of headache remedies.”These ads for Bromo-Seltzer antacid date from 1940, endorsed by various headache riddled celebrities of the time.
“You’ll like yeast this new way!” These ads for Fleischmann’s Yeast date from 1941.