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).

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Lee ~ Menswear Adverts [1971] “Lee Can Change Your Image

This set of Lee publicity shots from 1971 featured manly poses whilst wearing a lion’s head. Just a little bit bizarre.

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Lee ~ Menswear Adverts [1971-1972] “Get A Leg Up”

One up in style.
These adverts are from 1971-72 and feature some fantastic text (as well as some fantastic trousers). All the chaps sit defiantly with one leg draped over the arm of their large ornate throne-like chairs, showing of their modern breeches and manhood at the same time.

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Children’s Character Watches ~ Catalogues [1980’s]

Here is a collection of children’s character watches and clocks shown in various US Christmas catalogues from 1980-89 (found on Wishbook). I love the over-sized Strawberry Shortcake wall wrist watch clock!

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Children’s Character Clothing ~ Catalogues [1980’s]

Here is a collection of children’s character clothing shown in various US Christmas catalogues from 1980-89 (found on Wishbook). The clothing was mainly t-shirts and sweater/sweat pant sets. I love the poses the kids are pulling in some of these images!

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The Great Pantyhose Crafts Books [1982 & 1985]

“Recycle old pantyhose into dolls, wall hangings, musical boxes, holiday decorations, and much more!”
The Great Pantyhose Crafts Book by Ed & Stevie Baldwin was published in 1982, followed by it’s eagerly awaited sequel, More Great Pantyhose Crafts, in 1985.

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Children’s Character Sleeping Bags & Tents [1970’s-1990’s]

Following on from my post about character bedding, I decided to look into character sleeping bags and tents. These images are from various US Christmas catalogues dating from 1974-92.

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Children’s Character Bedding [1970’s-1980’s]

Following on from my post about 1980’s character nightwear, I decided to look into character bedding. These images are from various US Christmas catalogues dating from 1974-86.

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Children’s Character Nightwear ~ Catalogues [1980’s]

I fancied collating the character nightwear from the 1980’s Sears, Montgomery Ward and JCPenney Christmas catalogues over at Wishbook, and this is the result!

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Dating Ladybird Books from the 1960’s-1970’s

This is a starter guide to dating Ladybird books from the 1960’s and 1970’s, which shall be updated as I gather more information.

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Ladybird Books “Well Loved Tales” [1960’s & 1970’s]

There were 27 titles in the original series “Well Loved Tales” (6O6D, Easy Reading), which were produced between 1964 to 1974 with a hardback matt cover. In 1979 Ladybird began to completely redesigned the series with new illustrations throughout and adding several new stories.

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Retro Geometrics [1980’s-1990’s]

Today I have been mostly looking at 1980’s – 1990’s retro geometric patterns in fashion. Now my eyes hurt…

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Dick Schory and The Percussive Art Ensemble “Re-purcussion” [1957]

Today’s musical delights are brought to you by Dick Schory and The Percussive Art Ensemble with Re-Percussion from 1957. It’s everything the cover implies it is!

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Wembley Ties ~ Neckwear Adverts [1948-1951]

“For me who have modern fashion ideas.”
These adverts for Wembley’s bold patterned ties are from 1948-51.

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La Bum Bum Gang [1980’s]

As random toy finds go, this tickled all the right spots (a-hem)! Bum Bum Gang was a Russian Roulette balloon game by Giochi Preziosi, made in the late 1980s in Italy.

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Seven-Up ~ Soda Adverts [1952-1963] “Ice Cream Floats”

“Boys like girls who make Seven Up Floats!”
These Seven-Up “Float” adverts date between 1952 and 1963. Yummy!

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Kellogg’s “Pep” ~ Breakfast Cereal Adverts [1939]

“So the harder a wife works, the cuter she looks!”
These ads for Kellogg’s whole-wheat breakfast cereal Pep date from 1939.

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Baker’s Coconut ~ Cake Adverts [1961-1962] Animal Cakes

“I never saw anyone hoot for an owl until Baker’s Coconut!”
These wonderful wacky animal cakes are from Baker’s Coconut 1961-62 “I never saw” Angel Flakes advertising campaign. I’ll take the pink elephant one please!

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Music For Gracious Living ~ Peter Barclay and his Orchestra [1955]

In 1955, record company Columbia released a set of five LP’s featuring the instrumental stylings of Peter Barclay and his Orchestra. The technicolour cover photographs encapsulate the ideal American family in a wonderfully cheesy/creepy way, and the back covers were full of helpful hints and even recipes to help make every occasion perfect.

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Cutter Cravat ~ Neckwear Adverts [1951-1953] “Artist Originals”

“America’s most-wanted gift tie!”
These ads for Cutter Cravat “Artist Originals” ties date from 1951-53.

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Lustre Creme ~ Hair Care Adverts [1967-1968] “Pink Is For Girls”

“Made just for girls!”
These yummy pink ads for Lustre Creme shampoo date from 1967-68. They feature some very sixties geometrics!

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Jell-O ~ Dessert Adverts [1967-1968] “Now, Pudding Is…”

In 1967-68, Jell-O (owned by General Food Corp.) created a series of adverts for their Pudding & Pie Fillings range. Each advert featured a different pudding with recipe.

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Pink Champagne for Dancing [1962]

This weeks Sunday lounge listening is “Pink Champagne for Dancing” (vol.2) by Lloyd Mumm and His Starlight Roof Orchestra [1962]. Enjoy!

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Pond’s ~ Makeup Adverts [1960-1961] “Angel Face”

“Now! You can change your skin tone to look lovely in any fashion colour.”
Pond’s “Angel Face” adverts from 1960-61 featured striking double head shots of models wearing contrasting colours.

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Munsingwear ~ Underwear Adverts [1939-1945]

“Follow the trend to knitted underwear!”
These ads for Munsingwear underwear for men date from 1939-45.

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Specially For Little Girls – Twinkle Annuals [1970’s-2000’s]

Twinkle was one of my favourite girls comics when I was little, I even named one my two childhood cats after her (the other cat was named “Tammy” after my other favourite comic). Here are all the annual covers from 1970 to 2003. I love the early cover designs best with the plain coloured backgrounds, white circle behind Twinkle and black text.

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Relax Maths! Texas Instruments ~ Adverts [1990’s]

These fun Italian adverts for Texas Instruments are both from 1990. I don’t remember maths being so cool!

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Meat! ~ Valentines Day Greeting Cards

“I’d like to MEAT a Valentine. How about you?”
Here’s a selection of meat themed Valentines cards.

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Vintage Valentines Greeting Cards

“My heart I serve to you.”
Here’s a mixed selection of vintage Valentines day cards, featuring romantic themes such as dentures, fire-eating, cannibalism, underwear and illness!

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