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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17 Cosmetics ~ Makeup Adverts [1985] "Looks Even Better On A Girl"

17 Cosmetics ~ Makeup Adverts [1985] "Looks Even Better On A Girl"

"Looks even better on a girl." These ads for 17 Cosmetics by Boots are from 1985.[...]
Du Pont ~ Hair Care Adverts [1946-1947] Hair Brushes

Du Pont ~ Hair Care Adverts [1946-1947] Hair Brushes

"Brushing puts a gleam in your hair." These ads for Du Pont hair brushes date from 1946-48 and feat[...]
Low-Impact Aerobics, High-Impact Lycra [Working Mother, 1986]

Low-Impact Aerobics, High-Impact Lycra [Working Mother, 1986]

"Tired of huffing and puffing, jiggling and jogging?" This article on low-impact aerobics is from W[...]

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Entertainment

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

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La Bum Bum Gang [1980's]

La Bum Bum Gang [1980's]

As random toy finds go, this tickled all the right spots (a-hem)! Bum Bum Gang was a Russian Roulett[...]
Frightful Trading Card Wrappers [1980's]

Frightful Trading Card Wrappers [1980's]

"Cards - Stickers - Bubble Gum" Here's a selection of horror movie themed trading card wrappers by [...]
Columbia Records "Masterworks" ~ Music Adverts [1942-1943]

Columbia Records "Masterworks" ~ Music Adverts [1942-1943]

"New laminating process gives you quality where it counts - on the surface!" These ads for 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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Hanes ~ Lingerie Adverts [1965-1967] "The Great Leg"

Hanes ~ Lingerie Adverts [1965-1967] "The Great Leg"

"The Great Leg... as Hanes sees it." Between 1965-67, Hanes released a series of adverts with a dis[...]
Columbia Minerva Knitting Leaflets ~ Fashion Accessories [1970-1976]

Columbia Minerva Knitting Leaflets ~ Fashion Accessories [1970-1976]

"Decorate your body with all sorts of things... Make a headband... wear it as a dog collar... wear i[...]
Fables and Fabulous Yarns: Knit Fashions for Boys & Girls [1970]

Fables and Fabulous Yarns: Knit Fashions for Boys & Girls [1970]

I came across an amazing book of knitting patterns by Columbia-Minerva recently called "Fables and F[...]

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Food & Drink

Including everything to do with food and drink!

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Evervess ~ Soft Drinks Adverts [1946-1947]

Evervess ~ Soft Drinks Adverts [1946-1947]

"Evervess... yes, yes!" These ads for Evervess sparkling water date from 1946-47. It was produced b[...]
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[...]
Heublein ~ Cocktail Adverts [1964-1967] "Better Than Most People Make"

Heublein ~ Cocktail Adverts [1964-1967] "Better Than Most People Make"

"Most people can't make cocktails as good as these - and I wish they wouldn't try!" These ads for H[...]

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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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American Gas Association ~ Energy Adverts [1941-1947] Illustrations

American Gas Association ~ Energy Adverts [1941-1947] Illustrations

"The wonder flame that cools as well as heats!" These illustrated ads for American Gas Association [...]
1847 Rogers Bros ~ Cutlery Adverts [1939-1945]

1847 Rogers Bros ~ Cutlery Adverts [1939-1945]

"America's Finest Silverplate" These celebrity endorsed ads for 1847 Rogers Bros cutlery date from [...]
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-[...]

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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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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[...]
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[...]
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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