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

Shell “X-100” Motor Oil ~ Car Maintenance Adverts [1951-1952] Illustrated by Boris Artzybasheff

“Your engine makes this much acid every day.”
These amazing illustrated ads for Shell “X-100” motor oil date from 1951-52 and featured artwork by Boris Artzybasheff.

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Fiberglas by Owns-Corning ~ Home Improvement Adverts [1957-1960]

“Comfort-Conditioned Homes!”
These ads for Fiberglas insulation, screening, and panelling by Owns-Corning date from 1957-60.

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Category: Home Improvements
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Du Pont ~ Menswear Adverts [1958] Orlon “Adds The Future”

“In fall slacks Orlon adds the future.”
These ads for men’s suits and slacks made from Du Pont “Orlon” acrylic fibre date from 1958. The ads had little illustrations of spaceships, satellites, and other flying crafts at the bottom.

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Pall Mall ~ Cigarette Adverts [1947-1949] “Outstanding!”

“Outstanding!”
These ads for Pall Mall cigarettes date from 1947-49. They were all long, half-page ads with a bright red background and plain white text.

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Du Pont ~ Menswear Adverts [1957] Orlon “Extra Point”

“Extra Point: Orlon”
These ads for men’s suits made from Du Pont “Orlon” acrylic fibre date from 1957. The ads all show men standing in front of a faint American Football scene.

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Lucky Strike ~ Cigarette Adverts [1953] “Luckies tastes better!”

“Luckies tastes better!”
These illustrated ads for Lucky Strike cigarettes date from 1953.

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Dr West’s ~ Toothbrush Adverts [1947-1952] Artwork by Bauman-Greene

“Package of smiles!”
These graphic style ads for Dr West’s “Miracle Tuft” toothbrushes date from 1947-52, with photography by Bauman-Greene.

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Lucky Strike ~ Cigarette Adverts [1950] “Never a rough puff!”

“Never a rough puff!”
These ads for Lucky Strike cigarettes date from 1950 and featured various celebrities of the time.

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Lucky Strike ~ Cigarette Adverts [1950-1952] “Be happy-go lucky!”

“Be happy-go lucky!”
These illustrated ads for Lucky Strike cigarettes date from 1950-52.

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Lucky Strike ~ Cigarette Adverts [1949] “Feel your level best!”

“Feel your level best!”
These ads for Lucky Strike cigarettes date from early to mid 1949.

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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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Category: Menswear
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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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