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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Apex ~ Hair Care Adverts [1960-1969]

Apex ~ Hair Care Adverts [1960-1969]

"How to let your hair down. Apex style." These ads for Apex hair products date from 1960-69.[...]
Yardley ~ Perfume Adverts [1942-1946] "Bond Street"

Yardley ~ Perfume Adverts [1942-1946] "Bond Street"

"Keep your best face forward!" These ads for Yardley's "Bond Street" perfume and beauty preparation[...]
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[...]

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Entertainment

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

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Better Badges ~ Punk Pin Badge Adverts [1979-1982]

Better Badges ~ Punk Pin Badge Adverts [1979-1982]

"Step out in style in a snug comfortable badge!" These ad for Better Badges date from 1979-82. Feat[...]
Toy Monsters ~ Catalogues [1960's-1970's]

Toy Monsters ~ Catalogues [1960's-1970's]

"Crank out and paint these plastic uglies." Here is a selection of different monsters from various [...]
Pink Champagne for Dancing [1962]

Pink Champagne for Dancing [1962]

This weeks Sunday lounge listening is "Pink Champagne for Dancing" (vol.2) by Lloyd Mumm and His Sta[...]

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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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Women's Fashion Shoot [1989] Hat Parade!

Women's Fashion Shoot [1989] Hat Parade!

"You, too, can join the Hat Parade!" What was is store for us in the hat world of April 1989? Let's[...]
Spun-lo ~ Lingerie Adverts [1950] Illustrated

Spun-lo ~ Lingerie Adverts [1950] Illustrated

"Snap, snap, snap your fingers at undie bills!" These black and white illustrated ads for Spun-lo l[...]
Daniel Green ~ Women's Shoe Adverts [1963-1968]

Daniel Green ~ Women's Shoe Adverts [1963-1968]

"Neat feet... soft treat!" These ads for Daniel Green women's shoes and slippers date from 1963-68.[...]

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Food & Drink

Including everything to do with food and drink!

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Canadian Mist ~ Whisky Adverts [1977-1988] "Misting"

Canadian Mist ~ Whisky Adverts [1977-1988] "Misting"

"Get in the feeling. Go Misting." Canadian Mist's "Misting" campaign ran from around 1977 to 1985. [...]
Underwood "Deviled Ham" ~ Meat Adverts [1941]

Underwood "Deviled Ham" ~ Meat Adverts [1941]

"All men go for it!" These ads for Underwood's "Deviled Ham" date from 1940. Personally, I think un[...]
Heublein ~ Cocktail Adverts [1957]

Heublein ~ Cocktail Adverts [1957]

"Martinis on-the-rocks straight from the Heublein bottle." These ads for Heublein's ready to serve [...]

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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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WHSmiths ~ Stationary Adverts [1988]

WHSmiths ~ Stationary Adverts [1988]

"A pencil case can only take so much!" This ad for various WHSmith stationary dates from 1988. I[...]
Midland Bank "Griffin Savers" ~ Adverts [1984-1985]

Midland Bank "Griffin Savers" ~ Adverts [1984-1985]

"New Griffin Savers Account has a lot to offer young savers." This Midland Bank advert is from 1984[...]
Westclox ~ Clock Adverts [1967-1968]

Westclox ~ Clock Adverts [1967-1968]

"Big Ben's family name is Westclox." These ads for Westclox clocks date from 1967-68. "Let[...]

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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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Latex Balloons, Meat & Pretty Girls [Life, 1939]

Latex Balloons, Meat & Pretty Girls [Life, 1939]

"A pretty girl steps inside a latex balloon." I recently came across this bizarre article from 19[...]
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[...]
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[...]

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