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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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[...]
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.[...]
Kotex Kotique ~ Feminine Hygiene Adverts [1969-1971]

Kotex Kotique ~ Feminine Hygiene Adverts [1969-1971]

"Come claim a private new world all for you. The Gentle Sex." This lovely illustrated ad campaign f[...]

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Entertainment

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

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Woolworths ~ Music Adverts [1982]

Woolworths ~ Music Adverts [1982]

"Woolworth Record Blitz" These adverts for Woolworths music department are all from 1982. The diffe[...]
Cocktails Anyone? by Bob Creash Quintet [1958]

Cocktails Anyone? by Bob Creash Quintet [1958]

"All-time favourites with a solid beat." This weeks Sunday Lounge Listening is "Cocktails Anyone?" [...]
Mattel's Million Dollar Christmas Sweepstakes [1967]

Mattel's Million Dollar Christmas Sweepstakes [1967]

Here's a wonderful six page spread from Mattel I found in a LIFE magazine dated November 24th 1967. [...]

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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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Hollywood Boulevard ~ Menswear Adverts [1975]

Hollywood Boulevard ~ Menswear Adverts [1975]

"Clothing to the Stars." These two black and white illustrated ads for Hollywood Boulevard mens shi[...]
Fuzzy Wuzzy Slippers ~ Catalogues [1960's-1970's]

Fuzzy Wuzzy Slippers ~ Catalogues [1960's-1970's]

"Slippers for little dreamers." Here are some super cute furry slippers from various catalogues fro[...]
Columbia Minerva Knitting Leaflets ~ Fashions For Him [1968-1975]

Columbia Minerva Knitting Leaflets ~ Fashions For Him [1968-1975]

Columbia Minerva knitting leaflets for men's fashion, but as there weren't many I have also included[...]

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Food & Drink

Including everything to do with food and drink!

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McCormick-Shilling Egg Dye ~ Easter Adverts [1958-1963]

McCormick-Shilling Egg Dye ~ Easter Adverts [1958-1963]

"For the gayest Easter eggs!" These two adverts for food colourings are from 1958 & 1963.[...]
Seven-Up ~ Soda Adverts [1946] "Fresh Up" Illustrations

Seven-Up ~ Soda Adverts [1946] "Fresh Up" Illustrations

"Fresh up with Seven-Up!" These Seven Up ads date from 1946. They continued in style from the previ[...]
Kellogg's "Pep" ~ Breakfast Cereal Adverts [1939]

Kellogg's "Pep" ~ Breakfast Cereal Adverts [1939]

“So the harder a wife works, the cuter she looks!” These ads for Kellogg's whole-wheat breakfast ce[...]

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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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Columbia Minerva Knitting Leaflets ~ Gifts & Household Items [1971-1977]

Columbia Minerva Knitting Leaflets ~ Gifts & Household Items [1971-1977]

"In the mood of yesterday, today and tomorrow, in colours to blend with a mood, to accent a quite sc[...]
Wurlitzer ~ Jukebox Adverts [1947] Illustrated by Albert Dorne

Wurlitzer ~ Jukebox Adverts [1947] Illustrated by Albert Dorne

"Thrill to the tone and beauty!" These illustrated Wurlitzer jukebox ads date from 1947-48, with ar[...]
Kelvinator ~ Kitchen Appliance Adverts [1954-1959] "Foodarama"

Kelvinator ~ Kitchen Appliance Adverts [1954-1959] "Foodarama"

"And now! Fabulous "Foodarama" by Kelvinator!" These ads for Kelvinator's "Foodarama" fridge/freeze[...]

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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.[...]
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[...]

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