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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Beauty & Health

Including cosmetics (make-up, perfume), hair (shampoo, styling products, colouring), toiletries (teeth, skin care, feminine hygiene) and medicinal (first aid, pain relief, fitness).

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Revlon ~ Makeup Adverts [1946] "Bachelor's Carnation"

Revlon ~ Makeup Adverts [1946] "Bachelor's Carnation"

"Greatest catch of the season!" These ads for "Bachelor's Carnation" lipstick and nail polish by Re[...]
Yardley ~ Perfume Adverts [1956-1957] Madame Alexander Dolls

Yardley ~ Perfume Adverts [1956-1957] Madame Alexander Dolls

"Makes you feel so fresh and feminine." These five Yardley ads for are from 1956-57. The dolls in t[...]
17 Cosmetics ~ Makeup Adverts [1985] "Looks Even Better On A Girl"

17 Cosmetics ~ Makeup Adverts [1985] "Looks Even Better On A Girl"

"Looks even better on a girl." These ads for 17 Cosmetics by Boots are from 1985.[...]

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Entertainment

Including books, crafts, movies, TV, music, stationary and toys. All kinds of fun stuff!

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Toys At Woolworths ~ Adverts [1959]

Toys At Woolworths ~ Adverts [1959]

This large full page ad for Woolworths toys is from the Daily Express, Friday November 20th 1959. [...]
Toy Kitchen Sets ~ Catalogues [1960's-1980's]

Toy Kitchen Sets ~ Catalogues [1960's-1980's]

"She'll wash clothes, run water, turn knobs! Busy, busy in her Frigidaire kitchen. It's all pink... [...]
Journey Escape ~ Video Game Advert [1982]

Journey Escape ~ Video Game Advert [1982]

"Are you hot enough to play with Journey?" Journey Escape was a video game for the Atari 2600, pr[...]

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Fashion

Including menswear, womenswear, childrenswear, underwear and lingerie. Also included are various fashion accessories, such as shoes, gloves, bags, hats, neckwear, jewellery and watches.

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"Life Stride" Brown Shoe Company ~ Women's Shoe Adverts [1958-1963]

"Life Stride" Brown Shoe Company ~ Women's Shoe Adverts [1958-1963]

"The young point of view in shoes." These ads for "Life Stride" women's shoes by Brown Shoe Company[...]
Sears ~ Lingerie Adverts [1969]

Sears ~ Lingerie Adverts [1969]

"Sears has gone wild!" These ads for Sears support lingerie are from 1969. The models were all posi[...]
Du Pont ~ Menswear Adverts [1958] Orlon "The Age Of Orlon"

Du Pont ~ Menswear Adverts [1958] Orlon "The Age Of Orlon"

"The age of Orlon." These ads for men's suits and slacks made from Du Pont "Orlon" acrylic fibre da[...]

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Food & Drink

Including everything to do with food and drink!

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Kellogg's "Pep" ~ Breakfast Cereal Adverts [1939]

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 ce[...]
Coca Cola ~ Soda Adverts [1961-1962] "Refreshing New Feeling"

Coca Cola ~ Soda Adverts [1961-1962] "Refreshing New Feeling"

"What a refreshing new feeling you get from Coke!" These Coca Cola ads date from 1961-62. Zing! 19[...]
Seven-Up ~ Soda Adverts [1965] "Where There's Action"

Seven-Up ~ Soda Adverts [1965] "Where There's Action"

"The taste that's fresh and frisky!" Here are some Seven-Up ads from 1965 featuring young, swinging[...]

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Household

Including various items relating to bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens and living rooms, as well as decorating, electrical goods, DIY, finance and stationary.

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

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

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[...]
Waxtex ~ Kitchenwear Adverts [1942-1943]

Waxtex ~ Kitchenwear Adverts [1942-1943]

"America's handiest food-saver!" These striking black and white illustrated ads for Waxtex waxed pa[...]

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Smoking

Including cigarettes, cigars, lighters, tobacco and pipes.

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Camel [1937-1948] Cigarette Adverts ~ Comic Strips

Camel [1937-1948] Cigarette Adverts ~ Comic Strips

"Camels never get on your nerves!" These comic strip ads for Camel cigarettes date from 1937-48 and[...]
Raleigh [1971-72] Cigarette Adverts

Raleigh [1971-72] Cigarette Adverts

"Spend a milder moment with Raleigh." These ads for Raleigh cigarettes date from 1971-72 and featur[...]
Raleigh [1970-1971] Cigarette Adverts

Raleigh [1970-1971] Cigarette Adverts

"Spend a milder moment with the quiet taste of Raleigh." These ads for Raleigh cigarettes date from[...]

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Travel & Cars

Including all kinds of trains, planes and automobiles!

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Chrysler "Dodge Dart" ~ Car Adverts [1961]

Chrysler "Dodge Dart" ~ Car Adverts [1961]

"How to own big dreams on a small budget." These car ads for Dodge Dart by Chrysler are from 1961. [...]
Shell "X-100" Motor Oil ~ Car Maintenance Adverts [1951-1952] Illustrated by Boris Artzybasheff

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[...]
Ford "Lincoln" ~ Car Adverts [1957-1958]

Ford "Lincoln" ~ Car Adverts [1957-1958]

"Unmistakably...the finest in the fine car field." These car ads for Lincoln by Ford are from 1957-[...]

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Miscellaneous

Things which don't fit in anywhere else or have mixed content.

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What's That Smell? ~ Catalogues [1975]

What's That Smell? ~ Catalogues [1975]

Here's a series of catalogue shots from 1975 using what I like to call the "What's that smell?" pose[...]
Northwestern School of Taxidermy ~ Adverts [1910-1953]

Northwestern School of Taxidermy ~ Adverts [1910-1953]

"For fun and profit!" These ads for Northwestern School of Taxidermy date between 1910 and 1953. Th[...]
Crazy Croppings! ~ Adverts [1940]

Crazy Croppings! ~ Adverts [1940]

"There's gaiety in the taste of it..." This is what happens when I have a few days off and decide t[...]

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