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

Fresh ~ Deodorant Adverts [1946-1950]

“Be lovely to love.”
These ads for Fresh deodorant are from 1946-50. The design changed very little over the years, always featuring a kissing couple wearing glamorous evening attire.

Birds Eye ~ Food Adverts [1946-1949]

“Ask for Birds Eye, Get Birds Eye!”
These ads for various Birds Eye frozen food products date from 1946-49. Each ad featured a different recipe and technicolour photo, plus little illustrations at the bottom.

Exotic Dreams by Ethel Azama [1959]

“Martin Denny presents the enticing voice of Ethel Azama.”
This weeks Sunday Lounge Listening is “Exotic Dreams” by Ethel Azama, with arrangement by Paul Conrad from 1959.

Nairn Linoleum ~ Flooring Adverts [1940-1941]

“Why, yes, your kitchen will be as gay and time-saving as these if you re-do it the ‘Never Before’ way!”
These ads for Nairn linoleum flooring are from 1940-41.

Good Knitting with P&B ~ Craft Magazine [1963]

“Handknits for all the family.”
This small, A6 magazine by Patons & Beehive was published in 1963. It included instructions for nine designs as well as images of a selection of their other patterns. There was also hints and tips on various aspects of handknitting.

Buick ~ Car Adverts [1964-1965]

“Wouldn’t you rather have a Buick?”
These ads for Buick cars are from 1964-65.

Movie Adverts [1944]

“All this… and Hayworth too!”
These magazine ads for movies are all from 1944.

Pepsodent ~ Toothpaste Adverts [1946-1947]

“Uncover the natural brilliance of your smile!”
These ad’s for Pepsodent toothpaste date from 1946-47

National Association of Margarine Manufacturers ~ Dairy Adverts [1947-1948]

“Margarine for me!”
These ads for the National Association of Margarine Manufacturers date from 1947-48. They all had bright yellow backgrounds and were three distinct styles, two of which were illustrated.

Double Exposures by Manny Albam & His Orchestra [1960]

“The wedding of pairs of songs.”
This weeks Sunday Lounge Listening is “Double Exposures” by Manny Albam & His Orchestra, 1960.

Rubbermaid ~ Kitchenware Adverts [1977-1979]

“We help around the home.”

These ads for various Rubbermaid household storage items date from 1977-79.

Bendix ~ Washing Machine Adverts [1946-1947]

“I’m out of the washday picture!”
These ads for Bendix washing machines are from 1946-47.

Chevrolet ~ Car Adverts [1948]

“Only Chevrolet is first!”
These striking ads for Chevrolet cars are from 1948.

Movie Adverts [1943]

“”Here’s a thrill, new and gay! It’s a dance filled holiday!”
These magazine ads for movies are all from 1943.

Valvoline ~ Car Maintenance Adverts [1945-1948]

“Faultlessly lubricated with Valvoline.”
These ads for Valvoline motor oil are from 1945-48.

Dole “Hawaiian Pineapple” ~ Food Adverts [1962-1966]

“Pick Dole: the pineapple with the fresh fruit taste.”
This ad campaign for Dole “Hawaiian Pineapple” dates from 1962-66. Each advert also included a recipe.

Snider’s Catsup & Chilli Sauce ~ Food Adverts [1943-1948]

“If the Snider folks put it up… it tastes like home!”
These fun illustrated ads for Snider’s “Old Fashioned Chili Sauce” and “Catsup” date from 1943-48.

White Rock ~ Soft Drinks Adverts [1946-1948] Illustrations by John Holmgren

“You’re positively colossal, Psyche!”
These illustrated ads for White Rock sparkling water date from 1946-48, with artwork by John Holmgren. Each ad featured the (very) scantily clad character of Psyche getting on wives nerves and over exciting the menfolk before calming them all down with a drink.

Movie Adverts [1942]

“I love him because he don’t know how to kiss – the jerk!”
These magazine ads for movies are all from 1942.

Eversharp Pens ~ Stationary Adverts [1943-1946]

“The $64 Question”
These ads for Eversharp pens date from 1943-46.

Spring Shoes ~ Women’s Fashion [1939]

“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”.

Simoniz ~ Car Maintenance Adverts [1937-1940]

“Makes cars stay beautiful!”
These ads for Simoniz car cleaner and polish are from 1937-40.

Ship ‘N Shore ~ Womenswear Adverts [1949-1950]

“Beauty on a budget…”
These ads for Ship ‘N Shore women’s fashions date from 1949-50.

Cocktails Anyone? by Bob Creash Quintet [1958]

“All-time favourites with a solid beat.”
This weeks Sunday Lounge Listening is “Cocktails Anyone?” by Bob Creash Quintet, 1958.

Mum ~ Deodorant Adverts [1945-1946]

“It isn’t your necklace they’ll notice, pet!”
These illustrated Mum deodorant adverts are from 1945-46.

Bromo-Seltzer ~ Antacid Adverts [1940]

“The champ of headache remedies.”
These ads for Bromo-Seltzer antacid date from 1940, endorsed by various headache riddled celebrities of the time.

Fleischmann’s Yeast ~ Health Adverts [1941]

“You’ll like yeast this new way!”
These ads for Fleischmann’s Yeast date from 1941.

Movie Adverts [1941]

“Love prize of the islands!”
These magazine ads for movies are all from 1941.