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). I also share some of the delights I find in charity shops.
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.
“Magnetise your lips!” These ads for Louis Philippe lipstick date from 1942-46.
“Birds make them huge and elegant.” These wonderful hats are from Life magazine, October 1944.
“An old and genteel art is used to make jaunty, stylish cloths.” These lovely crocheted garments are from Life magazine, January 1945.
“New York milliners show balloon silhouettes, curlicue crowns and jelly rolls gone glamorous.” These wonderfully extravagant hats are from Life magazine, August 1945.
“Now I’ll be the mama!” These slightly terrifying ads featuring giant babies and tiny mothers are for Johnson’s Baby Oil & Baby Powder. They date from 1944-48.
“Don’t rob yourself of comfort in action!” These ads for Modess sanitary napkins date from 1940-46.
“There’s beauty in the air!” These ads for Coty cosmetics date from 1942-47. They were illustrated by Carl Erickson.
“And best of all… it’s Milliken!” These ads for Milliken women’s fashions date from 1947-49.
“The longest Slims of all.” These ads for Virginia Slims 120’s cigarettes date from 1985.
“The lightest style of Slims.” These ads for Virginia Slims Ultra Lights cigarettes date from 1987-88.
“We make Virginia Slims especially for women because they are biologically superior to me.” These ads for Virginia Slims cigarettes date from 1968-84 and were slightly tongue in cheek.
“You’ve come a long way baby.” These ads for Virginia Slims Lights cigarettes with a plain white background date from 1980-84.
“In the crush-proof purse pack.” These ads for Virginia Slims Lights cigarettes date from 1980-85 and continued in the same two styles as the original cigarettes.
“You’ve come a long way baby.” These ads for Virginia Slims cigarettes date from 1990-94 and began the first real change in style since the 1970’s.
“You’ve come a long way baby.” These ads for Virginia Slims cigarettes date from 1980-89 and continue in the same style as the previous decade.
“You’ve come a long way baby.” These ads for Virginia Slims cigarettes date from 1971-79.
“You’ve come a long way baby.” These ads for Virginia Slims cigarettes date from 1980-91.
“You’ve come a long way baby.” These ads for Virginia Slims cigarettes date from 1968-79.
“The slimmest slim!” This ad campaign for Capari cigarettes dates from 1988-89.
“The slimmest slim in town.” This ad campaign for Capari cigarettes dates from 1987.
“New sizes! New shapes! New pleasure!” These ads for Blackstone Cigars date from 1944-45.
“Candy’s dandy…keep it handy!” These ads by the The Council on Candy of the National Confectioners Association date from 1946-47. Featuring illustrations by Vernon Grant, the ad campaign encouraged Americans to eat candy for energy.
“Get in on the swinging sound!” Here’s a selection of images featuring children playing musical instruments from various catalogues dating from 1970-90’s.
“Exciting as a night on the town…” These ads for AMi jukeboxes date from 1960-64.
“You’re so smart to smoke Parliaments.” These ads for Parliament cigarettes date from 1955-56. Specifically aimed at women, they featured various objects and accessories cleverly made from cigarettes.
“From now on – it’s Chelsea!” These ads for Chelsea cigarettes date from 1945-46.