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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Beauty & Health

Including cosmetics (make-up, perfume), hair (shampoo, styling products, colouring), toiletries (teeth, skin care, feminine hygiene) and medicinal (first aid, pain relief, fitness).

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Entertainment

Including books, crafts, movies, TV, music, stationary and toys. All kinds of fun stuff!

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Fashion

Including menswear, womenswear, childrenswear, underwear and lingerie. Also included are various fashion accessories, such as shoes, gloves, bags, hats, neckwear, jewellery and watches.

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  • Women’s Fashion Shoot [1939] Spring Shoes
    "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".
  • C&A ~ Childrenswear Adverts [1984-1986] “Young C&A”
    "Great fashion just for you at Young C&A."
    These C&A ads for "10 To Teens" and "Girls In Style" childrenswear are all from UK teen music magazine Smash Hits, dating from 1984-86.
  • Foster Grant ~ Sunglasses Adverts [1965-1968]
    "Isn't that Peter Sellers behind those Foster Grants?"
    From around 1965-68, Foster Grant ran a series of adverts featuring movie stars of the day wearing their sunglasses. Each photo had a quote by the star underneath, plus a few paragraphs about how mysteriously cool shades were. And looking at the photos, it's hard to disagree!

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Household

Including various items relating to bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens and living rooms, as well as decorating, electrical goods, DIY, finance and stationary.

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Smoking

Including cigarettes, cigars, lighters, tobacco and pipes.

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Travel & Cars

Including all kinds of trains, planes and automobiles!

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Miscellaneous

Things which don't fit in anywhere else or have mixed content.

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