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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Squibb ~ Toothpaste Adverts [1939-1940]

Squibb ~ Toothpaste Adverts [1939-1940]

"There's gaiety in the taste of it..." These ad's for Squibb toothpaste date from 1939-40.[...]
Colegate ~ Toothpaste Adverts [1948] Comic Strip

Colegate ~ Toothpaste Adverts [1948] Comic Strip

"It cleans your breath while it cleans your teeth!" These comic strip ads for Colgate toothpaste ar[...]
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.[...]

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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 [...]
Barbie ~ The Most Popular Doll In Town [Life, 1963]

Barbie ~ The Most Popular Doll In Town [Life, 1963]

"Barbie's $136 wardrobe from nurse to nightclubber." I found this article about Barbie in Life maga[...]
PAAS – Halloween Make-Up Kits ~ Packaging & Adverts [1980’s]

PAAS – Halloween Make-Up Kits ~ Packaging & Adverts [1980’s]

"Kids! This Halloween you can be the creatures you really are!" PAAS Halloween make-up kits were [...]

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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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Wembley Ties ~ Neckwear Adverts [1941-1942] "Nor-East"

Wembley Ties ~ Neckwear Adverts [1941-1942] "Nor-East"

"Watch him crush it!" These ads for Wembley neckwear date from 1941-42, and featured American wrest[...]
American Optical ~ Sunglasses Adverts [1946-1948]

American Optical ~ Sunglasses Adverts [1946-1948]

"Engineered for comfort! Designed for beauty!" These ads for American Optical sunglasses date from [...]
Warner's ~ Lingerie Adverts [1959]

Warner's ~ Lingerie Adverts [1959]

"The sky's the limit to your charms!" These adverts for Warner's lingerie are all from 1959 and fea[...]

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Food & Drink

Including everything to do with food and drink!

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Cow & Gate and Glaxo ~ Baby Growth Cards [1966 & 1971]

Cow & Gate and Glaxo ~ Baby Growth Cards [1966 & 1971]

"See how baby grows." These two baby's weight cards are from 1966 and 1971. The Cow & Gate card[...]
Bosco Chocolate Syrup ~ Drink Adverts [1940]

Bosco Chocolate Syrup ~ Drink Adverts [1940]

"Where there's pep there's iron!" These fun ads for Bosco, a chocolate malt syrup which was added t[...]
Fleischmann~ Whisky Adverts [1959-1965]

Fleischmann~ Whisky Adverts [1959-1965]

"Fleischmann's is the big buy!" These ads for Fleischmann's whisky date from 1959-65. They feature [...]

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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[...]
Club Aluminum ~ Cookware Adverts [1945-1947]

Club Aluminum ~ Cookware Adverts [1945-1947]

"Hello, full-flavour cooking!" These eye-catching, black-background ads for Club Aluminum cooking p[...]
Cannon Towels ~ Bathroom Adverts [1946-1955]

Cannon Towels ~ Bathroom Adverts [1946-1955]

"Show your colours!" These ads for Cannon towels date from 1946-55. Cannon also made sheets and hos[...]

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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[...]
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[...]

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