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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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.[...]
Pepsodent ~ Toothpaste Adverts [1946-1947]

Pepsodent ~ Toothpaste Adverts [1946-1947]

"Uncover the natural brilliance of your smile!" These ad's for Pepsodent toothpaste date from 1946-[...]
Colgate ~ Toothpaste Adverts [1944]

Colgate ~ Toothpaste Adverts [1944]

"I don't know how he does it" These black and white photo story ad's for Colgate toothpaste date fr[...]

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Entertainment

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

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Toy Kitchen Sets ~ Catalogues [1960's-1980's]

Toy Kitchen Sets ~ Catalogues [1960's-1980's]

"She'll wash clothes, run water, turn knobs! Busy, busy in her Frigidaire kitchen. It's all pink... [...]
Fist Faces - Remco [1960's]

Fist Faces - Remco [1960's]

"Your fist becomes a real face." I came across this little game yesterday. Produced by Remco in 1[...]
Kenya Doll by Tyco ~ Adverts [1990's]

Kenya Doll by Tyco ~ Adverts [1990's]

"The beautiful hairstyling doll." These Kenya doll adverts by Tyco are from 1992-95. The ads were a[...]

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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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C&A ~ Menswear Adverts [1985-1986] "Avanti"

C&A ~ Menswear Adverts [1985-1986] "Avanti"

"Images Change" These C&A "Avanti" menswear ads date from 1985-86. They all feature a ripped-pa[...]
Du Pont ~ Menswear Adverts [1958] Orlon "Light and Neat"

Du Pont ~ Menswear Adverts [1958] Orlon "Light and Neat"

"So light, so neat!" These ads for men's suits made from Du Pont "Orlon" acrylic fibre date from 19[...]
Women's Fashion Shoot [1965] "Fashions In Orbit"

Women's Fashion Shoot [1965] "Fashions In Orbit"

"Italian designers capture tone of ‘way out’ world." Space-age fashions from Ebony magazine, Octobe[...]

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Food & Drink

Including everything to do with food and drink!

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Baker's Coconut ~ Animal Cut-Up Cakes Booklet [1959]

Baker's Coconut ~ Animal Cut-Up Cakes Booklet [1959]

"Here are more of those Fun-to-Bake, Fun-to-Cut-Up cakes!" This was the second little animal cake b[...]
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[...]
Birds Eye ~ Food Adverts [1946-1949]

Birds Eye ~ Food Adverts [1946-1949]

"Ask for Birds Eye, Get Birds Eye!" These ads for various Birds Eye frozen food products date from [...]

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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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Toshiba ~ Hi-Fi Adverts [1983-1987] Cassette Players

Toshiba ~ Hi-Fi Adverts [1983-1987] Cassette Players

"This deck is loaded." These little b/w Toshiba cassette player ads date from 1983-87. Auto-reverse[...]
Du Pont: Paint ~ Decorating Adverts [1958-1959]

Du Pont: Paint ~ Decorating Adverts [1958-1959]

"Buy the paint that's worth the work... the beauty lasts!" These super adverts for Du Pont paints d[...]
Contain Wares ~ Storage Adverts [1986-1989]

Contain Wares ~ Storage Adverts [1986-1989]

"Contain yourself!" These colourful adverts for Contain Wares date from 1986-89. They sold every ki[...]

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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.[...]
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[...]

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