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). 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.

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Chesterfield Cigarettes ~ Adverts [1937-1938]

“They’ll give you more pleasure.”
These ads for Chesterfield cigarettes date from 1937-38.

Columbia Minerva Knitting Leaflets ~ Gifts & Household Items [1971-1977]

“In the mood of yesterday, today and tomorrow, in colours to blend with a mood, to accent a quite scene.”
Columbia Minerva knitting leaflets for various gifts household items, including rugs, toys and cushions. They date from 1971-77.

Columbia Minerva Knitting Leaflets ~ Fashion Accessories [1970-1976]

“Decorate your body with all sorts of things… Make a headband… wear it as a dog collar… wear it as an armlet… make it longer… wear it as a belt… Express Yourself!”Columbia Minerva knitting leaflets for various fashion accessories, including, bags, belts and slippers. They date from 1970-77.

Columbia Minerva Knitting Leaflets ~ Ponchos, Cloaks & Shawls [1967-1977]

Columbia Minerva knitting leaflets for ponchos, cloaks and shawls. They date from 1967-77.

Columbia Minerva Knitting Leaflets ~ Scarves, Hats & Mittens [1967-1977]

“Bright touches to warm gay spirits from top to toe.”
Columbia Minerva knitting leaflets for scarves, hats and mittens. They date from 1967-77.

Columbia Minerva Knitting Leaflets ~ Childrenswear [1970-1977]

“Tiny togs for tiny tots to knit to crochet.”
Columbia Minerva knitting leaflets for childrenswear, dating from 1970-77.

Columbia Minerva Knitting Leaflets ~ Fashions For Him [1968-1975]

Columbia Minerva knitting leaflets for men’s fashion. They date from 1968-75.

Columbia Minerva Knitting Leaflets ~ Fashions For Her [1967-1977]

“Get with fashion’s newest rage. These handknits fly off your fingers with supersonic speed.”
Columbia Minerva knitting leaflets for Women’s fashion. They date from 1967-77.

Bates Bedspreads & Drapes ~ Adverts [1940’s]

“Campus tested! Campus approved!”
These ads for Bates bedding and matching draperies are from 1941-49.

Trushay Hand Lotion ~ Adverts [1944-1946]

“Soft as whispers… your hands thrill him as they touch his face.”
These ads for Trushay hand lotion are from 1944-46.

Colgate Toothpaste ~ Adverts [1940]

“She looks like a million… but she hasn’t much sense!”
These ad’s for Colgate toothpaste date from 1940. This comic strip style continued for several years.

Squibb Toothpaste ~ Adverts [1940]

“Feel fresh as a wind-whipped white cap!”
These ad’s for Squibb toothpaste date from 1940.

Colgate Toothpaste ~ Adverts [1939]

“Nobody makes a pass at me!”
These ad’s for Colgate toothpaste date from 1939. The comic strip style used continued for several years.

Squibb Toothpaste ~ Adverts [1939-1940]

“There’s gaiety in the taste of it…”
These ad’s for Squibb toothpaste date from 1939-40.

Colgate Toothpaste ~ Adverts [1938]

“Go ‘way! You’ve got bad breath!”
These ad’s for Colgate toothpaste date from 1938. The comic strip style used continued for several years.

Squibb Toothpaste ~ Adverts [1939]

“You can taste and feel the difference.”
These ad’s for Squibb toothpaste date from 1939.

Gem Razors: Peter Arno Illustrations ~ Adverts [1944-1946]

“Avoid 5 O-Clock Shadow”
These busty illustrated ads for Gem razors and blades are from 1944-45 and featured artwork by Peter Arno.

Air Step Shoes ~ Adverts [1944-1946]

“The shoe with the youthful feel.”
These simple ads for Air Step ladies shoes are from 1944-46.

Feen-A-Mint ~ Adverts [1961-1962]

“Is your new hat more important than your laxative?”
These ads for Feen-A-Mint laxatives date from 1961-62.

Colgate Toothpaste ~ Adverts [1937]

“Her smile won him… but her breath lost him.”
These ad’s for Colgate toothpaste date from 1937. The comic strip style used continued for many years.

Tab ~ Adverts [1960’s]

“The Now Taste of Tab”
These ad’s for Tab, a low calorie soft drink made by Coca Cola, are from 1964-68.

Arrow Shirts ~ Adverts [1939-1940]

“Don’t blame your laundry for your shirts’ iniquities.”
These fun and slightly bizarre ads for Arrow Shirts are from 1939-40.

Waxtex ~ Adverts [1942-1943]

“America’s handiest food-saver!”
These striking black and white illustrated ads for Waxtex waxed paper are from 1942-43.

Bestform Lingerie ~ Adverts [1944]

“No finer fit at any price!”
These six ads for Bestform lingerie are from 1944, with particularly pert bosomed illustrations by American pin-up artist George Petty.

Etiquet Deodorant ~ Adverts [1943]

“Should a Marine kiss a girl with his hat on?”
These ads for Etiquet antiseptic deodorant cream date from 1943.

Playtex Makeup Cape ~ Adverts [1939]

“Prelude to loveliness!”
These ads for Playtex Makeup Capes date from 1939.

Bromo-Seltzer ~ Adverts [1937]

“Stop morning-after before it starts.”
These ads for Bromo-Seltzer antacid date from 1937 and were aimed at men who had partied too hard the night before!

Kreml Hair Tonic ~ Adverts [1939-1944]

“Sailor beware of holiday hair!”
These ads for Kreml hair tonic date from 1939 to 1944.