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).

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

Kellogg’s Variety Packs ~ Breakfast Cereal Adverts [1949]

“Mother Knows Best!”
These ads for Kellogg’s of breakfast cereal variety packs date from 1949. The packs included Pep, Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies, Shredded Wheat, Corn Soya, Krumbles and Bran Flakes.

“The Sweet and the Swingin'” by Paul Weston [1960]

“A fresh contrast of melodic strings and swinging vocal patterns.”
This weeks Sunday Lounge Listening is “The Sweet and the Swingin'” by Paul Weston, released in 1960.

Fairbanks-Morse “Automatic Coal Burners” ~ Heating Adverts [1941]

“Man, that’s not the work for a lovely wife!”
These ads for “Automatic Coal Burners” by Fairbanks-Morse date from 1941.

TruVal ~ Menswear Adverts [1947-1948] Illustrations

“Way up on top in everything but price!”
These illustrated ads for TruVal men’s shirts date from 1947-48. They all featured the bespectacled fox from the logo in various poses.

Capari ~ Cigarette Adverts [1994]

“There’s no slimmer way to smoke.”
This ad campaign for Capari cigarettes dates from 1994.

Singer Sewing Centres ~ Craft Adverts [1947-1948]

“And you’ll love how much it didn’t cost!”
These ads for Singer Sewing Centres date from 1947-48.

Charles of the Ritz ~ Makeup Adverts [1956-1959]

“Individual beauty, made to order!”
These ads for Charles of the Ritz cosmetics date from 1956-59, many of which were photographed through textured glass.

Kraft ~ Food Adverts [1973-1974]

“The arts and Kraft coalition.”
This ad campaign by Kraft dates from 1973-74. Each ad included a recipe using various Kraft products.

Ballantine ~ Ale Adverts [1948-1950] Illustrated

“Purity, body and flavour in every glass.”
This illustrated ad campaign for Ballantine ale ran from 1948-50 and each ad had the same sentence winding around a glass and bottle.

General Electric “G.E Lamps” ~ Lighting Adverts [1946-1947]

“Are Bulbsnatchers people?”
These ads for G.E Lamps, produced by General Electric, date from 1946-47 and featured different celebrities of the time “bulbsnatching”!

His Is Hers ~ Men’s Fashion Shoot [Ebony, 1971]

“Movin’ Together”
Ebony magazine’s April 1971 fashion shoot for men was based around a “what’s his and hers” theme, with the women wearing her man’s clothes.

Capari ~ Cigarette Adverts [1991-1993]

“You’ve got a taste for style!”
This ad campaign for Capari cigarettes dates from 1991-93.

Underwood “Deviled Ham” ~ Meat Adverts [1941]

“All men go for it!”
These ads for Underwood’s “Deviled Ham” date from 1940.

Provocative Percussion (Vol 1) by Terry Snyder and the All Stars [1959]

“A flight into new areas of sonic and musical experience.”
This weeks Sunday Lounge Listening is “Provocative Percussion” by Terry Snyder and the All Stars from 1959.

American Gas Association ~ Energy Adverts [1941-1947] Illustrations

“The wonder flame that cools as well as heats!”
These illustrated ads for American Gas Association date from 1941-47.

TruVal “Twins” ~ Menswear Adverts [1947]

“The girls who married twin brothers.”
These ads for TruVal men’s shirts are all from 1947. They featured three different sets of twins.

Misty ~ Cigarette Adverts [1990-1997]

“Fashionably inexpensive!”
These ads for Misty cigarettes date from 1990-97 and were aimed at twenty-something women.

Knox Gelatine ~ Health Adverts [1940]

“Samson was a sissy!”
These ads for Knox Gelatine health drink are all from 1940.

Ballantine ~ Ale Adverts [1946-1947] Illustrated

“Purity. Body. Flavour”
These ads for Ballantine ale date from 1947-48. They each had a description of the three rings logo and the same tag line of “America’s largest selling Ale”.

Westinghouse “Mazda Lamps” ~ Lighting Adverts [1941-1942] Illustrations

“For better sight use better light!”
These black and white illustrated ads for Mazda Lamps, produced by Westinghouse, date from 1941-42. Unfortunately the artist/artists didn’t sign them so I don’t know who they are by.

American Optical ~ Sunglasses Adverts [1946-1948]

“Engineered for comfort! Designed for beauty!”
These ads for American Optical sunglasses date from 1946-48.

Movie Adverts [1947]

“It’s a wonderful laugh, it’s a wonderful love!”
These magazine ads for movies are all from 1947.

Smith Bros ~ Cough Drops Adverts [1943-1945]

“Keep your mouth shut!”
These ads for Smith Bros Cough Drops date from 1943-45.

Birds Eye ~ Food Adverts [1949-1950]

“Doris discovers it’s easy to eat fancy!”
These ads for various Birds Eye frozen food products date from 1949-50. Mid to late 1949 saw the introduction of a little chick character in cold weather clothing who was included a comic strip at the top of each ad.

Congoleum-Nairn ~ Floor & Wall Covering Adverts [1948-1949]

“Walls go gay!”
These double-page spread ads for Congoleum-Nairn linoleum and congoleum floor and wall coverings are from 1948-49.

Stetson Hats ~ Hat Adverts [1945-1948] Illustrations by Phil Dormont

“How to look every inch the country gentleman.”
These ads for Stetson Hats date from 1945-48. They were mainly illustrated by Phil Dormont, but other artists were also used here and there, including Slayton Underhill, Scott Evans, Edwin Dahlberg and a couple whose signatures I can’t read.

Webster ~ Cigars Adverts [1946-1948] Illustrated by Edwin Georgi

“Executive America’s top cigar.”
These ads for Webster cigars date from 1946-48 with illustrations by Edwin Georgi. They all featured couple at various social occasions.

Movie Adverts [1946]

“So neat! So sweet! So-o-o indescreet!”
These magazine ads for movies are all from 1946.