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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Charles of the Ritz ~ Makeup Adverts [1956-1959]

Charles of the Ritz ~ Makeup Adverts [1956-1959]

"Individual beauty, made to order!" These ads for Charles of the Ritz cosmetics date from 1956-59. [...]
Debbie Gibson "Electric Youth" ~ Perfume Adverts [1980's]

Debbie Gibson "Electric Youth" ~ Perfume Adverts [1980's]

"Electric Youth - The electric fragrance!" These ads for Debbie Gibson's "Electric Youth" perfume a[...]
Toni ~ Hair Care Adverts [1989] "Epic-Waves"

Toni ~ Hair Care Adverts [1989] "Epic-Waves"

"No more poodle-tight perms, monstrous commitments or not-so-funny between-perm droops." I love thi[...]

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Entertainment

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

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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[...]
"The Sweet and the Swingin'" by Paul Weston [1960]

"The Sweet and the Swingin'" by Paul Weston [1960]

"A fresh contrast of melodic strings and swinging vocal patterns." This weeks Sunday Lounge Listeni[...]
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 [...]

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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"

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 t[...]
TruVal ~ Menswear Adverts [1947] "Twins"

TruVal ~ Menswear Adverts [1947] "Twins"

"The girls who married twin brothers." These ads for TruVal men's shirts are all from 1947. They fe[...]
Burlington Cameo ~ Lingerie Adverts [1968-1969]

Burlington Cameo ~ Lingerie Adverts [1968-1969]

"You can even bend over and still be a lady." These four Burlington Cameo pantyhose adverts date be[...]

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Food & Drink

Including everything to do with food and drink!

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Curtiss Candy ~ Confectionery Adverts [1947-1949]

Curtiss Candy ~ Confectionery Adverts [1947-1949]

"Candy... rich in dextrose." These ads for various Curtiss candy date from 1947-49. They made Fruit[...]
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[...]
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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Bates Bedspreads & Drapes ~ Adverts [1940's]

Bates Bedspreads & Drapes ~ Adverts [1940's]

"Campus tested! Campus approved!" These ads for Bates bedding and matching draperies are from 1941-[...]
Gold Seal Linoleum ~ Flooring Adverts [1952-1957]

Gold Seal Linoleum ~ Flooring Adverts [1952-1957]

"The nicest things happen when you choose Gold Seal." These ads for Gold Seal linoleum flooring are[...]
Cannon Towels ~ Bathroom Adverts [1940-1943]

Cannon Towels ~ Bathroom Adverts [1940-1943]

"Make dream bathrooms come true!" These ads for Cannon towels date from 1940-43. Cannon also produc[...]

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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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