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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“Gossamer glamour for the transcendent occasion.” These ads for Real Silk hosiery date from 1939-40.
“For the loveliest legs in the world!” These ads for Berkshire stocking date from 1947-49.
“Taste that beats the others cold!” This ad campaign from Pepsi-Cola date from late 1966 to mid 1969.
“A gentleman’s whiskey.” These ads for Paul Jones whisky date from 1943-47.
“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.
“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.
“You meet the nicest people on a Honda.” This ad campaign for Honda scooters dates from 1964 to early 1966.
“Some people have all the fun.” This ad campaign for Honda scooters is from 1966.
“Honda shapes the world of wheels.” This ad campaign for Honda scooters is from 1967.
“Space age results.” These two ads for All Ways 911 emergency leave in conditioner are from 1992-93.
“Be daring. Be bold.” These ads for Care Free Curl hair products by Soft Sheen date from 1981-89.
“Lovelier skin in 14 days!” These ads for Palmolive soap are from 1945-48 and continued the “doctors prove” campaign from the previous year.
“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”.
“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”.
“It cleans your breath while it cleans your teeth!” These comic strip ads for Colgate toothpaste are from 1948.
“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.
“A tip from Elsie, the Borden cow.” These slightly disturbing illustrated ads for Borden’s mincemeat date from 1940-41.
“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.
“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.
“”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.
“Be young… be bright… be lovely.” These ads for Yardley’s “English Lavender” perfume date from 1942-48.
“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.
“Keep your best face forward!” These ads for Yardley’s “Bond Street” perfume and beauty preparations date from 1942-46.
“You’re in the Pepsi generation!”These ads for Pepsi-Cola date from mid 1964 to 1966.
“Thinking young is flying to a picnic!”These ads for Pepsi-Cola date from 1961 to mid 1964.
“They entertain the modern way!”These lovely illustrated ads for Pepsi-Cola date from the end of 1959 though 1960.
“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.