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

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

"Package of smiles!" These illustrated ads for Dr West's "Miracle Tooth Paste" date from 1947-48. E[...]
TCB ~ Hair Care Adverts [1984] Billy Dee Williams

TCB ~ Hair Care Adverts [1984] Billy Dee Williams

"Something to believe in... tcb" In 1984, Star Wars actor Billy Dee Williams appeared in a series o[...]
Fletcher's Castoria ~ Laxative Adverts [1939-1941]

Fletcher's Castoria ~ Laxative Adverts [1939-1941]

"I'm not a bad girl! You're a bad mommy!" These adverts for Fletcher's Castoria date from 1939-1941[...]

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Entertainment

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

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Star Wars Fan Club ~ Adverts [1977-1980]

Star Wars Fan Club ~ Adverts [1977-1980]

"An exciting offer for earthlings!" Here are some spectacular b&w adverts for the Star Wars Fan[...]
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. [...]
Scary Boardgames ~ Catalogues [1960's-1970's]

Scary Boardgames ~ Catalogues [1960's-1970's]

"Have fun with things occult." Here is a selection of scary boardgames from various catalogues rang[...]

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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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LoveLines: Girls Accessories ~ Catalogues [1988]

LoveLines: Girls Accessories ~ Catalogues [1988]

LoveLines were a range of girls accessories produced by Delavennat in 1988. The line included sungla[...]
Steven's Fine Fabrics ~ Womenswear Adverts [1960]

Steven's Fine Fabrics ~ Womenswear Adverts [1960]

"Your winter in amethyst." This eight-page advert for women's fashions made from various Stevens Fi[...]
Men's Fashion Shoot [1971] "His Is Hers"

Men's Fashion Shoot [1971] "His Is Hers"

"Movin' Together" Ebony magazine's April 1971 fashion shoot for men was based around a "what's his [...]

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Food & Drink

Including everything to do with food and drink!

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Fleischmann ~ Gin Adverts [1960-1963]

Fleischmann ~ Gin Adverts [1960-1963]

"Q. What do they mean clean...clean...clean?" These ads for Fleischmann's gin date from 1960-63. Po[...]
Pepsi-Cola ~ Soda Adverts [1966-1969] "Pepsi Cold"

Pepsi-Cola ~ Soda Adverts [1966-1969] "Pepsi Cold"

"Taste that beats the others cold!" This ad campaign from Pepsi-Cola date from late 1966 to mid 196[...]
Borden's ~ Meat Adverts [1940-1941] "None Such Mince Meat"

Borden's ~ Meat Adverts [1940-1941] "None Such Mince Meat"

"A tip from Elsie, the Borden cow." These slightly disturbing illustrated ads for Borden's mincemea[...]

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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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Happy Face Lamps ~ Penneys Catalogue [1970's]

Happy Face Lamps ~ Penneys Catalogue [1970's]

"Lamps with Light-Up Smiles!" These splendidly creepy boy and girl clown lamps are from JCPenneys 1[...]
Congoleum-Nairn ~ Floor & Wall Covering Adverts [1948-1949]

Congoleum-Nairn ~ Floor & Wall Covering Adverts [1948-1949]

"Walls go gay!" These double-page spread ads for Congoleum-Nairn linoleum and congoleum floor and w[...]
Underwood "Golden Touch" ~ Typewriter Adverts [1956-1958]

Underwood "Golden Touch" ~ Typewriter Adverts [1956-1958]

"It's like wearing magic gloves!" These ads for Underwood "Golden Touch" typewriters date from 1956[...]

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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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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.[...]
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[...]
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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