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

Lucky Strike ~ Cigarette Adverts [1949-1950] “Luckies pay more!”

“Luckies pay more!”
These ads for Lucky Strike cigarettes date from 1949-50.

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Lucky Strike ~ Cigarette Adverts [1948] Illustrated

“Lucky strike presents The Man Who Knows.”
These illustrated ads for Lucky Strike cigarettes date from 1948.

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Du Pont ~ Menswear Adverts [1956-1959] Dacron/Orlon/Nylon

“Comfort in action!”
These ads for men’s fashions made from Du Pont “Dacron” polyester, “Orlon” acrylic fibre, and “Nylon” date from 1956-59. The ads feature men in various sporting and leisure scenarios.

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Lucky Strike ~ Cigarette Adverts [1943-1947] Illustrated

“Lucky Strike means fine tobacco!”
These ads for Lucky Strike cigarettes date from 1942-47, illustrated by various artists.

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Bank America: Travellers Cheques ~ Adverts [1960] Illustrated

“”Money only you can spend.”
These illustrated ads for Bank America travellers cheques date from 1960. They were all long half-page ads with tri-colour block prints of various worldwide destination by an unknown artist.

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Lucky Strike ~ Cigarette Adverts [1938-1942] “Men who know tobacco best.”

“Have you tried a Lucky lately?”
These ads for Lucky Strike cigarettes are from 1938-42. They all feature various tobacco experts at work, mulling over their dried leaves.

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Dr West’s ~ Toothpaste Adverts [1947-1948] Illustrated

“Package of smiles!”
These illustrated ads for Dr West’s toothpaste date from 1947-48.

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Lucky Strike ~ Cigarette Adverts [1936-1938] “A light smoke.”

“Luckies – a light smoke.”
These ads for Lucky Strike cigarettes are from 1936-38 and were all about how gentle Luckies were on the throat. From 1937 the ads featured music and movie stars of the time.

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Botany ~ Menswear Adverts [1955] “Camera”

“Brings better fashion into focus.”
These ads for Botany “Camera”┬ámen’s fashions date from 1955. They were thin, full height third-page ads featuring disembodied clothing, cameras for heads, and bright coloured backgrounds.

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Lucky Strike ~ Cigarette Adverts [1935] “I’m your best friend.”

“I’m your best friend.”
These ads for Lucky Strike cigarettes are from 1935.

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Schlitz ~ Ale Adverts [1948-1950] Illustrated

“I was curious… I tasted it…”
These illustrated ads for Schlitz beer date from 1948-50. They all featured three strips of illustrations with curious men tasting a new beverage.

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Lucky Strike ~ Cigarette Adverts [1934] “The height of good taste.”

“The height of good taste.”
These ads for Lucky Strike cigarettes are from 1934, and all featured glamorous women.

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Lucky Strike ~ Cigarette Adverts [1934-1935] “They taste better.”

“They taste better.”
These ads for Lucky Strike cigarettes are from 1934-35.

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Du Pont ~ Menswear Adverts [1960-1961] Dacron/Orlon

“The luxury of Orlon.”
These ads for men’s trousers made from Du Pont “Dacron” polyester and “Orlon” acrylic fibre date from 1960-61. The long half page ads featured a relaxed pair of men’s legs at various leisure venues.

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Lucky Strike ~ Cigarette Adverts [1933] “No thanks!”

“No thanks! I’d rather have a Lucky!”
These ads for Lucky Strike cigarettes are from 1933.

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Du Pont ~ Menswear Adverts [1956-1958] Dacron/Orlon

“The cool way to stay neat all day!”
These ads for men’s trousers made from Du Pont “Dacron” polyester and “Orlon” acrylic fibre date from 1956-58. The ads featured a pair of men’s legs in the foreground and woman in the background.

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Lucky Strike ~ Cigarette Adverts [1932] Illustrations by John La Gatta

“Do you inhale?”
These illustrated ads for Lucky Strike cigarettes are from 1932, with artwork by John La Gatta.

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Avondale ~ Fashion Fabric Adverts [1958-1959]

“The liveliest colours in cotton.”
These fashion fabric ads for Avondale perma-pressed cottons date from 1958-59.

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Fleers “Dubble Bubble” ~ Chewing Gum Adverts [1942]

“Betsy does it for fun!”
These ads for Fleers “Dubble Bubble” chewing gum date from 1942.

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Fels Naptha Soap ~ Laundry Adverts [1936-1939]

“Banish title-tattle grey!”
These black and white, long half-page ads for Fels Naptha Soap date from 1936-39.

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Arrow Shirts ~ Menswear Adverts [1956-1957]

“Fashion…a man’s world too.”
These ads for Arrow Shirts date from 1956-57.

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Ford “Lincoln” ~ Car Adverts [1957-1958]

“Unmistakably…the finest in the fine car field.”
These car ads for Lincoln by Ford are from 1957-58.

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Renault “Dauphine” ~ Car Adverts [1958-1959]

“Driving is fun again!”
These car ads for Renault “Dauphine” are from 1958-59.

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Life Savers ~ Breath Freshener Adverts [1942-1947]

“If she always struggles like this… When you wish she’d snuggle like this… Try this!”
These ads for Life Savers breath freshener sweets date from 1942-47.

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Westclox ~ Clock Adverts [1967-1968]

“Big Ben’s family name is Westclox.”
These ads for Westclox clocks date from 1967-68.

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“Pedwin” Brown Shoe Company ~ Men’s Shoe Adverts [1954-1958]

“The top goes down, the style goes up!”
These ads for “Pewdin” men’s shoes by Brown Shoe Company date from 1954-58 where I have found four different styles of ads.

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Pontiac “Eight” ~ Car Adverts [1951]

“Dollar for dollar you can’t beat a Pontiac.”
These car ads for Pontiac “Eight” are from 1951.

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Life Savers ~ Breath Freshener Adverts [1939-1942]

“They’re cool, cool, COOL!”
These ads for Life Savers breath freshener sweets date from 1939-42.

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