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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Charles of the Ritz ~ Makeup Adverts [1956-1959]

Charles of the Ritz ~ Makeup Adverts [1956-1959]

"Individual beauty, made to order!" These ads for Charles of the Ritz cosmetics date from 1956-59. [...]
Smith Bros ~ Cough Drops Adverts [1938-1942]

Smith Bros ~ Cough Drops Adverts [1938-1942]

"Girls. You look ugly when you cough." These simple yet eye catching ads for Smith Bros Cough Drops[...]
Knox Gelatine ~ Health Adverts [1940]

Knox Gelatine ~ Health Adverts [1940]

"Samson was a sissy!" These ads for Knox Gelatine health drink are all from 1940. The company forme[...]

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Entertainment

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

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Ladybird Books "Well Loved Tales" [1960's & 1970's]

Ladybird Books "Well Loved Tales" [1960's & 1970's]

There were 27 titles in the original series "Well Loved Tales" (6O6D, Easy Reading), which were prod[...]
Star Wars Fan Club ~ Adverts [1977-1980]

Star Wars Fan Club ~ Adverts [1977-1980]

"An exciting offer for earthlings!" Here are some spectacular b&w adverts for the Star Wars Fan[...]
John Menzies ~ Chart Music Adverts [1983-1986]

John Menzies ~ Chart Music Adverts [1983-1986]

"For people who appreciate music...and money." This style of black and white ad for John Menzies ch[...]

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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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I. Magnin ~ Womenswear Adverts [1947-1948]

I. Magnin ~ Womenswear Adverts [1947-1948]

"Seeing the Magnin stores is a revelation." These black and white ads for I. Magnin women's fashion[...]
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[...]
Columbia Minerva Knitting Leaflets ~ Ponchos, Cloaks & Shawls [1967-1977]

Columbia Minerva Knitting Leaflets ~ Ponchos, Cloaks & Shawls [1967-1977]

These Columbia Minerva knitting leaflets for ponchos, cloaks and shawls date from 1967-77. 1967[...]

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Food & Drink

Including everything to do with food and drink!

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National Confectioners' Association ~ Food Adverts [1946-1947]

National Confectioners' Association ~ Food Adverts [1946-1947]

"Candy's dandy...keep it handy!" These ads by the The Council on Candy of the National Confectioner[...]
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[...]
Pepsi-Cola ~ Soda Adverts [1964-1966] "Come Alive!"

Pepsi-Cola ~ Soda Adverts [1964-1966] "Come Alive!"

"You're in the Pepsi generation!" These ads for Pepsi-Cola date from mid 1964 to 1966. There were t[...]

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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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Cannon Towels ~ Bathroom Adverts [1943-1944] Illustrated by Stevan Dohanos, Fred Ludekens and James Bingham

Cannon Towels ~ Bathroom Adverts [1943-1944] Illustrated by Stevan Dohanos, Fred Ludekens and James Bingham

"True Towel Tales" These six ads for Cannon towels date from 1943-44. Based on real GI stories duri[...]
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-[...]
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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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[...]
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.[...]
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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