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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“So WONDERful, it’s fit for a Queen!” This ad campaign for Philco refrigerators date from 1948 and featured illustrated characters from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
“Underwear that’s funtawear!”
These ads/leaflets for British Bulldog unisex novelty underwear date from c.1979.
“How to dress as if money were no object.” These ads for Simplicity dress making patterns date from 1959-59.
“Unlimited stylage!” These ads for World Of Curls hair care products date from 1982-86.
“To a man’s heart through his hide!” These ads for the Westinghouse “Laundromat” washing machine date from 1944-45.
“The natural line is the beauty line.” These illustrated ads for Kayser gloves date from 1939-43. Kayser, similar to Van Raalte, produced gloves, stockings and lingerie.
“A galactic collection to knit and sew!” The Doctor Who Pattern Book by Joy Gammon was published in 1984 and featured all kinds of weird and wonderful things to knit and sew.
“It’s the fashion to wear made-to-order face powder!” These ads for Charles of the Ritz cosmetics date from 1959-66.
“Every house needs Westinghouse!” These style of ad campaign for various Westinghouse kitchen electricals date from 1946-49.
“Every man wants his woman on a pedestal.” These Rogers lingerie adverts date from 1960.
“It’s you – to the last curve!” These ads for Singer Form dressmaking body moulds date from 1941-43.
“Texture of velvet!” These ads for “Pink Lightning” lipstick and nail polish by Revlon date from 1944-45.
“Hello, full-flavour cooking!” These eye-catching, black-background ads for Club Aluminum cooking pots and pans date from 1945-47.
“Your winter in amethyst.” This eight-page advert for women’s fashions made from various Steven’s Fine Fabrics dates from 1960.
“Always Buy Chesterfield.” These ads for Chesterfield cigarettes date from 1945-50 and featured their ABC slogan. Many of the ads featured celebrities of the time.
“Who is she?” This black & white ad campaign for DuBarry beauty preparations ran from 1947 until at least 1951.
“Mother Knows Best!” These ads for Kellogg’s of breakfast cereal variety packs date from 1949. The packs included Pep, Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies, Shredded Wheat, Corn Soya, Krumbles and Bran Flakes.
“A fresh contrast of melodic strings and swinging vocal patterns.” This weeks Sunday Lounge Listening is “The Sweet and the Swingin'” by Paul Weston, released in 1960.
“Man, that’s not the work for a lovely wife!” These ads for “Automatic Coal Burners” by Fairbanks-Morse date from 1941.
“Way up on top in everything but price!” These illustrated ads for TruVal men’s shirts date from 1947-48. They all featured the bespectacled fox from the logo in various poses.
“There’s no slimmer way to smoke.” This ad campaign for Capari cigarettes dates from 1994.
“And you’ll love how much it didn’t cost!” These ads for Singer Sewing Centres date from 1947-48.
“Individual beauty, made to order!” These ads for Charles of the Ritz cosmetics date from 1956-59, many of which were photographed through textured glass.
“The arts and Kraft coalition.” This ad campaign by Kraft dates from 1973-74. Each ad included a recipe using various Kraft products.
“Purity, body and flavour in every glass.” This illustrated ad campaign for Ballantine ale ran from 1948-50 and each ad had the same sentence winding around a glass and bottle.
“Are Bulbsnatchers people?” These ads for G.E Lamps, produced by General Electric, date from 1946-47 and featured different celebrities of the time “bulbsnatching”!
“Movin’ Together” Ebony magazine’s April 1971 fashion shoot for men was based around a “what’s his and hers” theme, with the women wearing her man’s clothes.