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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Care Free Curl ~ Hair Care Adverts [1981-1989]

Care Free Curl ~ Hair Care Adverts [1981-1989]

"Be daring. Be bold." These ads for Care Free Curl hair products by Soft Sheen date from 1981-89.[...]
Coty ~ Makeup Adverts [1942-1947] Illustration by Carl Erickso

Coty ~ Makeup Adverts [1942-1947] Illustration by Carl Erickso

"There's beauty in the air!" These ads for Coty cosmetics date from 1942-47. They were illustrated [...]
Palmolive ~ Soap Adverts [1945-1948]

Palmolive ~ Soap Adverts [1945-1948]

"Lovelier skin in 14 days!" These ads for Palmolive soap are from 1945-48 and continued the "doctor[...]

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Entertainment

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

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Singer Form ~ Craft Adverts [1941-1943]

Singer Form ~ Craft Adverts [1941-1943]

"It's you - to the last curve!" These ads for Singer Form dressmaking body moulds date from 1941-43[...]
Children's Character Costume Sewing Patterns [1980's-1990's]

Children's Character Costume Sewing Patterns [1980's-1990's]

With Halloween just a few days away, I thought it would be fun to look up some 1980's & 1990's T[...]
Labyrinth ~ Movie Posters [1986]

Labyrinth ~ Movie Posters [1986]

"Where anything is possible." On looking into Labyrinth movie posters, I found there were several d[...]

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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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Swatch Watch ~ Watch Adverts [1983-1989]

Swatch Watch ~ Watch Adverts [1983-1989]

"Switch To Swatch!" These Swatch adverts date from 1983-89. Swatch are still going strong to this d[...]
Bestform ~ Lingerie Adverts [1944] Illustrations by George Petty

Bestform ~ Lingerie Adverts [1944] Illustrations by George Petty

"No finer fit at any price!" These six ads for Bestform lingerie are from 1944, with particularly p[...]
Sears ~ Lingerie Adverts [1968]

Sears ~ Lingerie Adverts [1968]

"Sears shapes a woman's world." These ads for Sears support lingerie are from 1968. The models look[...]

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Food & Drink

Including everything to do with food and drink!

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Ballantine ~ Ale Adverts [1946-1947] Illustrated

Ballantine ~ Ale Adverts [1946-1947] Illustrated

"Purity. Body. Flavour" These illustrated ads for Ballantine ale date from 1947-48. They each had a[...]
Dole ~ Fruit Adverts [1962-1966] "Hawaiian Pineapple"

Dole ~ Fruit Adverts [1962-1966] "Hawaiian Pineapple"

"Pick Dole: the pineapple with the fresh fruit taste." This ad campaign for Dole "Hawaiian Pineappl[...]
Tab ~ Soda Adverts [1964-1968]

Tab ~ Soda Adverts [1964-1968]

"The Now Taste of Tab" These ad's for Tab, a low calorie soft drink made by Coca Cola, are from 196[...]

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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 [1943-1945] Illustrations by Jon Whitcomb & Michael

Community ~ Cutlery Adverts [1943-1945] Illustrations by Jon Whitcomb & Michael

"Back home for keeps." This illustrated ad campaign for Community silverplate cutlery date from 194[...]
Community ~ Cutlery Adverts [1948-1949] Illustratrated by Jon Whitcomb

Community ~ Cutlery Adverts [1948-1949] Illustratrated by Jon Whitcomb

"The happiest brides have Community." This illustrated ad campaign for Community silverplate cutler[...]
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[...]

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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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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[...]
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[...]
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.[...]

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