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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Colgate ~ Toothpaste Adverts [1939]

Colgate ~ Toothpaste Adverts [1939]

"Nobody makes a pass at me!" These ad's for Colgate toothpaste date from 1939. The comic strip styl[...]
Modess Meds ~ Feminine Hygiene Adverts [1954]

Modess Meds ~ Feminine Hygiene Adverts [1954]

"Five days of new freedom." These fun ads for Meds tampons by Modess are from 1954. Each full page [...]
Etiquet ~ Deodorant Adverts [1943]

Etiquet ~ Deodorant Adverts [1943]

"Should a Marine kiss a girl with his hat on?" Ever wondered how long it should take to say goodnig[...]

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Entertainment

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

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Dick Schory and The Percussive Art Ensemble "Re-purcussion" [1957]

Dick Schory and The Percussive Art Ensemble "Re-purcussion" [1957]

Today's musical delights are brought to you by Dick Schory and The Percussive Art Ensemble with Re-P[...]
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[...]
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[...]

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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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Du Pont ~ Menswear Adverts [1960-1961] Dacron/Orlon "Letterman Look"

Du Pont ~ Menswear Adverts [1960-1961] Dacron/Orlon "Letterman Look"

"The Letterman look." These ads for men's fashions made from Du Pont "Dacron" polyester, and "Orlon[...]
Steven's Fine Fabrics ~ Womenswear Adverts [1960]

Steven's Fine Fabrics ~ Womenswear Adverts [1960]

"Your winter in amethyst." This eight-page advert for women's fashions made from various Stevens Fi[...]
Textron ~ Nightwear Adverts [1947-1949] Illustrations by Frederick Siebel

Textron ~ Nightwear Adverts [1947-1949] Illustrations by Frederick Siebel

"Let the king have his fling!" These illustrated ads for Textron men's nightwear date from 1947-49.[...]

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Food & Drink

Including everything to do with food and drink!

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Seven-Up ~ Soda Adverts [1952-1963] "Ice Cream Floats"

Seven-Up ~ Soda Adverts [1952-1963] "Ice Cream Floats"

"Boys like girls who make Seven-Up Floats!" These Seven-Up "Float" adverts date between 1952 and 19[...]
Crosse & Blackwell ~ Baked Beans Packaging [1970's]

Crosse & Blackwell ~ Baked Beans Packaging [1970's]

"Free Ladybird Books!" This Crosse & Blackwell "Baked Beans" tin label is from the early to mid[...]
Paul Jones ~ Whisky Adverts [1943-1947] Illustrations

Paul Jones ~ Whisky Adverts [1943-1947] Illustrations

"A gentleman's whiskey." This ad campaign for Paul Jones whisky ran from 1943 to 1947. The illustra[...]

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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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Frigidaire ~ Kitchen Appliance Adverts [1966] "Space Age Refrigeration"

Frigidaire ~ Kitchen Appliance Adverts [1966] "Space Age Refrigeration"

"Frigidaire announces space age refrigeration!" These futuristic, sci-fi inspired Frigidaire ads ar[...]
Eversharp Pens ~ Stationary Adverts [1943-1946]

Eversharp Pens ~ Stationary Adverts [1943-1946]

"How would YOU answer the $64 question" These ads for Eversharp pens and repeater pencils date from[...]
Bank America: Travellers Cheques ~ Adverts [1960] Illustrated

Bank America: Travellers Cheques ~ Adverts [1960] Illustrated

"Money only you can spend." These illustrated ads for Bank America travellers cheques date from 196[...]

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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[...]
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.[...]
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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