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.

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Kool ~ Cigarette Adverts [1979]

“So good, it’s got to be Kool!”
These ads for Kool menthol cigarettes date from 1979. Amongst the end of one ad campaign and the beginning of another, I found these two ads featuring manically laughing smokers!

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Kool ~ Cigarette Adverts [1974-1979]

“Nothing cools like Kool!”
These ads for Kool menthol cigarettes date from 1974-79. They all featured smokers expressing how cool Kool was.

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Kool ~ Cigarette Adverts [1969-1973] Mountains, Waterfalls & Forests

“Taste too hot to handle?”
These ads for Kool menthol cigarettes date from 1969-73. They all featured mountains, waterfalls and forests whist questioning smokers if their current choice was too dry, flat, hot or dull.

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Kool ~ Cigarette Adverts [1968-1970]

“Rough taste rub you wrong?”
These ads for Kool cigarettes menthol date from 1968-70, which all had white backgrounds with cut-out images.

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Kool ~ Cigarette Adverts [1964-1967]

“Feel extra coolness in your throat.”
These ads for Kool menthol cigarettes date from 1964-67. They featured couples smoking outdoors in wooded surroundings with waterfalls or lakes.

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Kool ~ Cigarette Adverts [1958-1959] “Snow Fresh” Illustrated by Bourke, Lewring & Buckham

“As cool and clean as a breath of fresh air.”
These ads for Kool menthol cigarettes date from 1958-59. The illustrated ads featured couples in cool or fresh outdoors locations.

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York ~ Cigarette Adverts [1963-1964]

“Beyond the norm of the modern…”
These ads for York cigarettes date from mid 1963 to early 1964. The stylish black and red toned ad campaign featured different verbs and definitions printed alongside a smoking cigarette and open packet.

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Pall Mall ~ Cigarette Adverts [1962-1963] “Natural Mildness”

“Pall Mall’s natural mildness is so good to your taste!”
These ads for Pall Mall cigarettes date from mid 1962 to late 1963. They all featured relaxed smokers lying in the grass, photographed at ground level.

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Pall Mall ~ Cigarette Adverts [1962] Illustrated Couples

“Wherever particular people congregate.”
These two illustrated ads for Pall Mall cigarettes date from late 1962. They featured couple dining out, with the gentlemen admiring the length of their cigarettes. Possibly by Mary Blair.

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Pall Mall ~ Cigarette Adverts [1960-1962] Illustrated by Mary Blair

“Good! Good! Good!”
These illustrated ads for Pall Mall cigarettes date from late 1960-62. The ads all had a white background with different stylised fruit painted by Disney artist Mary Blair.

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Pall Mall ~ Cigarette Adverts [1960] “Get Satisfying Flavour”

“Get satisfying flavour!”
These collage style ads for Pall Mall cigarettes date from 1960. The backgrounds were printed or painted, with photos of sliced fruit (mostly) placed on top.

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Pall Mall ~ Cigarette Adverts [1957-1960] Illustrated by Mary Blair

“So friendly to your taste!”
These stylised ads for Pall Mall cigarettes date from 1957-59. They were illustrated by Disney artist Mary Blair.

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Colgate ~ Toothpaste Adverts [1944]

“I don’t know how he does it”
These black and white photo story ad’s for Colgate toothpaste date from 1944, a style which was used for several years. All the ads featured unlucky-in-love soldiers and sailors with various dental hygiene issues.

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Chivas Regal ~ Whisky Adverts [1958-1960] Illustratrated

“”Scotland’s prince of whiskies.””
These illustrated ads for Chivas Regal whisky ran from 1958-60. The artists included Phil Hays, Herbert Danska, Antonio Frasconni, Sven Palmquist, Alfred D. Crim, and Harvey Woolhiser. Each advert used a different artist, commissioned to create an interpretation of Robert the Bruce using various art forms.

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Du Pont ~ Menswear Adverts [1960-1961] Dacron/Orlon “Letterman Look”

“The Letterman look.”
These ads for men’s fashions made from Du Pont “Dacron” polyester, and “Orlon” acrylic fibre date from 1960-61. The ads had a sports theme and the models used were mostly college age.

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Pall Mall ~ Cigarette Adverts [1956-1957] “Mildness Is Pleasure”

“Mildness is a pleasure with Pall Mall.”
These ads for Pall Mall cigarettes date from 1956-57. Where previously they had all been illustrated, they were now a mixture of illustration or black and white photo. All still had red block backgrounds with white text, or red text on white as per older campaigns.

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Du Pont ~ Menswear Adverts [1959] Zelan

“You can wash this coat!”
These ads for jackets and coats treated with Du Pont “Zelan” water replant date from 1959. Each long half page ad featured models braving the outdoors.

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Pall Mall ~ Cigarette Adverts [1954-1956] “Reward Yourself”

“Reward yourself!”
These ads for Pall Mall cigarettes date from 1954-56. As per their previous ad campaigns, all illustrations of happy smokers were black and white, with red text on the white background or white text on a solid red background.

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Men’s Fashion Shoot [1973] “The Good Life”

“If you’ve got it, flaunt it – elegantly!”
Ebony magazine’s April 1973 fashion shoot for men was all about colourful leisure looks with comfort, class, plaid and pinstripes. The photoshoot took the “tremendous trio” to the Caribbean island of Curacao where they lounged about on bridges, rock pools and against craggy walls.

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Du Pont ~ Menswear Adverts [1958] Orlon “Light and Neat”

“So light, so neat!”
These ads for men’s suits made from Du Pont “Orlon” acrylic fibre date from 1958. The ads featured a close up shot of a man’s jacketed torso on one side, with a full length shot in the distance on the other. The backgrounds were illustrations of fun outdoor activities.

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Pall Mall ~ Cigarette Adverts [1953-1954] “Smooth Smoking”

“Let your throat enjoy smooth smoking!”
These ads for Pall Mall cigarettes date from 1953-54. They were very similar to the later ads of previous campaign, with red and white backgrounds, and black and white illustrated smokers.

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Carling “Red Cap” ~ Ale Adverts [1948-1949] Illustrated by L.M. Simpson

“Great expectations…great refreshment.”
These illustrated ads for Carling’s “Red Cap” ale date from 1948-49, with illustrations by L.M. Simpson.

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Chrysler “Dodge Dart” ~ Car Adverts [1961]

“How to own big dreams on a small budget.”
These car ads for Dodge Dart by Chrysler are from 1961. They didn’t have a tagline as such, but all had “Dodge Dart!!” somewhere on them.

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Du Pont ~ Menswear Adverts [1958] Orlon “The Age Of Orlon”

“The age of Orlon.”
These ads for men’s suits and slacks made from Du Pont “Orlon” acrylic fibre date from 1959. The ads had a space theme with plants, rockets and spacemen in the background.

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Pall Mall ~ Cigarette Adverts [1949-1953] “Throat Scratch”

“Guard against throat-scratch.”
These ads for Pall Mall cigarettes date from 1949-53. They were all full page ads with red and white backgrounds, and black and white illustrated smoking busts.

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Carling “Red Cap” ~ Ale Adverts [1947-1948] Illustrated

“Silky Red Cap. Silky Carling’s.”
These illustrated ads for Carling’s “Red Cap” ale date from 1947-48. They all had dark green backgrounds and a mixture of outline and full illustrations.

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Shell “X-100” Motor Oil ~ Car Maintenance Adverts [1951-1952] Illustrated by Boris Artzybasheff

“Your engine makes this much acid every day.”
These amazing illustrated ads for Shell “X-100” motor oil date from 1951-52 and featured artwork by Boris Artzybasheff.

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Fiberglas by Owns-Corning ~ Home Improvement Adverts [1957-1960]

“Comfort-Conditioned Homes!”
These ads for Fiberglas insulation, screening, and panelling by Owns-Corning date from 1957-60.

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