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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Mennen ~ Baby Powder Adverts [1944]

Mennen ~ Baby Powder Adverts [1944]

"Mommy protects me with baby powder." These ads for Mennen antiseptic baby powder are from 1944. Ea[...]
Fresh ~ Deodorant Adverts [1946-1951]

Fresh ~ Deodorant Adverts [1946-1951]

"Be lovely to love." These ads for Fresh deodorant are from 1946-51. The design changed very little[...]
Wella ~ Hair Care Adverts [1986] "Shockwaves"

Wella ~ Hair Care Adverts [1986] "Shockwaves"

"Send out Shockwaves." These hair product ads for Shockwaves by Wella are from 1986. I imagine ther[...]

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Entertainment

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

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Music For Gracious Living ~ Peter Barclay and his Orchestra [1955]

Music For Gracious Living ~ Peter Barclay and his Orchestra [1955]

In 1955, record company Columbia released a set of five LP's featuring the instrumental stylings of [...]
Sewing Patterns ~ Magazine Articles [1970's]

Sewing Patterns ~ Magazine Articles [1970's]

"Things to make for pleasure and profit." Various sewing patterns clipped from 1970's magazines. F[...]
Get In Shape Girl by Hasbro ~ Catalogues [1986-1987]

Get In Shape Girl by Hasbro ~ Catalogues [1986-1987]

"A fitness programme for today's young girl." During the mid to late 1980's, Hasbro produced a line[...]

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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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Kmart Kids Clothing ~ Adverts [1980's]

Kmart Kids Clothing ~ Adverts [1980's]

"Kmart. Yes. Kmart." These ads for Kmart kids clothing are all from 1987.[...]
Sears: The Men's Store ~ Menswear Adverts [1970-1972] "Comfort Shirt"

Sears: The Men's Store ~ Menswear Adverts [1970-1972] "Comfort Shirt"

"You don't have to be big on comfort to be big on The-Comfort-Shirt!" These adverts for Sears Men's[...]
Spun-lo ~ Lingerie Adverts [1949] Illustrated

Spun-lo ~ Lingerie Adverts [1949] Illustrated

"Flirt, flirt, flirt with that old devil budget!" These black and white illustrated ads for Spun-lo[...]

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Food & Drink

Including everything to do with food and drink!

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Seven-Up ~ Soda Adverts [1946] "Fresh Up" Illustrations

Seven-Up ~ Soda Adverts [1946] "Fresh Up" Illustrations

"Fresh up with Seven-Up!" These Seven Up ads date from 1946. They continued in style from the previ[...]
Coca Cola ~ Soda Adverts [1963] "Refreshing New Feeling"

Coca Cola ~ Soda Adverts [1963] "Refreshing New Feeling"

"Refreshing New Feeling" These Coca Cola ads date from 1963. All but two have a plain white backgro[...]
Paul Jones ~ Whisky Adverts [1943-1947] Illustrations

Paul Jones ~ Whisky Adverts [1943-1947] Illustrations

"A gentleman's whiskey." This ad campaign for Paul Jones whisky ran from 1943 to 1947. The illustra[...]

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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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Community ~ Cutlery Adverts [1954] Illustratrated by Jon Whitcomb

Community ~ Cutlery Adverts [1954] Illustratrated by Jon Whitcomb

"Any moment now... she'll want Community." This illustrated ad campaign for Community silverplate c[...]
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[...]
General Electric ~ Hi-Fi Adverts [1985-1986]

General Electric ~ Hi-Fi Adverts [1985-1986]

"No one lets you experience the Power of Music like General Electric." These General Electric porta[...]

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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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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[...]
Found Under The Carpet ~ Newspaper Adverts [1959]

Found Under The Carpet ~ Newspaper Adverts [1959]

This selection of newspaper adverts from Nov/Dec 1959 are from various local and national UK papers.[...]
The Baby Machine ~ Newspaper Article [1959]

The Baby Machine ~ Newspaper Article [1959]

"And now a 'space suit' for mothers to be." This is an article from the Daily Express, dated Fr[...]

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