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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Entertainment

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

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  • Children’s Fancy Dress Patterns [1970’s-1990’s]
    "Costumes galore!"
    Wondering what to dress up for Halloween this year? Look no further!
  • Journey Escape ~ Video Game Advert [1982]
    "You're on the road with Journey, one of the world's hottest rock groups. A spectacular performance has just ended. Now it's up to you to guide each Journey Band Member past hordes of Love-Crazed Groupies, Sneaky Photographers, and Shifty-Eyed Promoters to the safety of the Journey Escape Vehicle in time to make the next concert. Your mighty manager and loyal roadies are there to help, but the escape is up to you!"
  • Kleenex “Paper-Tique” ~ Craft Book [1971]
    "A new art for today's homemaker"
    If having bold coloured toilet paper only in your bathroom wasn't enough, Kleenex published a 36 page booklet in 1971 full of crazy crafts to spread around the home too.

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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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  • Lee ~ Menswear Adverts [1974-1979] “Lee Fits America”
    Between 1974-79 Lee produced a series of adverts with simple bright coloured backdrops to show off their new clothing, and was topped off with some splendid text. The later ads included the "Lee Fits America" slogan.
  • Crazy Sixties Sunglasses [1960’s]
    Check out these groovy 1960's white-framed shades. Sunglasses just too small? How about a welders shield attached to a headband?
  • Stetson ~ Hat Adverts [1945-1948] Illustrations by Phil Dormont
    "How to look every inch the country gentleman."
    These ads for Stetson Hats date from 1945-48. They were mainly illustrated by Phil Dormont, but other artists were also used here and there, including Slayton Underhill, Scott Evans, Edwin Dahlberg and a couple whose signatures I can't read.

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Food & Drink

Including everything to do with food and drink!

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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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Smoking

Including cigarettes, cigars, lighters, tobacco and pipes.

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Travel & Cars

Including all kinds of trains, planes and automobiles!

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Miscellaneous

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

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