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).

Go to Brands & Products to see a list of all the items I have added so far, or view by category or decade via the menus above and below.

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Embassy ~ Cigarette Adverts [1950]

“Do you think you are smoking too much?”
These ads for Embassy cigarettes are from 1950 and feature smokers solemnly contemplating the amount they puff.

Pro-phy-lac-tic “Jewelite” Brushes ~ Hair Care Adverts [1945-1949]

“A lovelier brush for lovelier hair!”
These ads for Pro-phy-lac-tic “Jewelite” hair brushes date from 1945-49.

Cannon Towels ~ Bathroom Adverts [1946-1955]

“Show your colours!”
These ads for Cannon towels date from 1946-55.

Luxuray “Dove Skin Undies” ~ Lingerie Adverts [1947-1948] Illustrations

“Above all. Under all.”
These black & white illustrated ads for Dove Skin Undies by Luxuray are from 1947-48.

HMV ~ Chart Music Adverts [1981-1983]

“Cheap thrills at HMV!”
This style of black and white ad for HMV chart music ran from 1981-83.

Du Pont Combs ~ Hair Care Adverts [1946-1947]

“Lovely hair deserves fine care.”
These ads for Du Pont combs date from 1946-47. Each ad featured a model with lovely long, combed hair.

Kellogg’s “Gro-Pup” ~ Dog Food Adverts [1950-1951]

“It’s made me what I am today!”
These ads for Kellogg’s “Gro-Pup” dry dog food date from 1950-51.

Putting It Together ~ Men’s Fashion Shoot [Ebony, 1972]

“Furs, plaids and bold colours spice men’s fashions for fall ’72.”
Ebony magazine’s September 1972 fashion shoot for men was based around layering different colours, patterns and fabrics. And plaid. Lots of plaid.

Columbia Records “Masterworks” ~ Music Adverts [1942-1943]

“New laminating process gives you quality where it counts – on the surface!”
These ads for various recording from Columbia Records “Masterworks” collection date from 1942-43.

Embassy ~ Cigarette Adverts [1949]

“Inhale to your heart’s content!”
These ads for Embassy cigarettes are from 1949 and featured people actually smoking, rather than just posing with an unlit cigarette.

Afro Sheen ~ Hair Care Adverts [1968-1973]

“Wantu Wazuri (Beautiful People)”
These ads for Afro Sheen hair care products date from 1968-73. Many of the ads used Swahili headlines.

Lipton’s “Noodle Soup” ~ Food Adverts [1945-1946]

“Old fashioned, chickeny noodle soup!”
These ads for Lipton’s Noodle Soup date from 1945-46. Each ad included a meal plan idea, and recipe for one of the dishes featured.

Cannon Towels ~ Bathroom Adverts [1944-1946]

“Wake Up and Dream!”
These ads for Cannon towels, dating from 1944-46, featured an array of towel-clad ladies drying themselves off in the bathrooms of tomorrow.

Halloween Adverts [1960’s]

“No tricks if you treat ’em right!”
Here’s a selection of Halloween themed ads from the 1960’s.

Halloween Adverts [1950’s]

“The goblins’ll getcha if you don’t hand out!”
Here’s a selection of Halloween themed ads from the 1950’s, which includes everything from candy to shoe polish!

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, illustrated by Stevan Dohanos, Fred Ludekens and James Bingham.

Revlon ~ Makeup Adverts [1943-1948]

“Teasing as a butterfly kiss!”
These ads for various Revlon makeup products date from 1943-48.

Ethyl ~ Car Maintenance Adverts [1950-1952] Illustrated

“There’s a big difference between a lion and a dandelion.”
This somewhat bizarre illustrated ad campaign by Ethyl gasoline ran from 1950 to the beginning of 1952.

Simplicity ~ Dress Making Adverts [1971-1975]

“We spot the trends. You make them.”
These ads for Simplicity dress making patterns date from 1971-75

Colgate ~ Toothpaste Adverts [1943]

“I’m the lonesomest gob in town!”
These ad’s for Colgate toothpaste date from 1943. This style continued for several years.

Simplicity ~ Dress Making Adverts [1967-1970]

“Goes where I go.”
These ads for Simplicity Fashion News, Simplicity’s new monthly mini-magazine, date from 1967-70.

Revlon “Bachelor’s Carnation” ~ Makeup Adverts [1946]

“Greatest catch of the season!”
These ads for “Bachelor’s Carnation” lipstick and nail polish by Revlon date from 1946.

Cannon Towels ~ Bathroom Adverts [1940-1943]

“Make dream bathrooms come true!”
These ads for Cannon towels date from 1940-43. Cannon also produced sheets and hosiery.

Simplicity ~ Dress Making Adverts [1965-1967]

“If I can sew, you can sew.”
These ads for Simplicity dress making patterns date from 1965-67 and featured actresses, models and singers of the day.

Swan Soap ~ Skin Care Adverts [1946]

“Should husbands help around the house?”
These two ads for Swan soap date from 1946.

1847 Rogers Bros ~ Cutlery Adverts [1939-1945]

“America’s Finest Silverplate”
These celebrity endorsed ads for 1847 Rogers Bros cutlery date from 1939-45.

Sendra ~ Glove Adverts [1943-1945]

“The ultimate touch…”
These ads for Sendra gloves date from 1943-45.

Simplicity ~ Dress Making Adverts [1960-1964]

“The first totally new fashion magazine in a decade!”
These ads for Simplicity dress making patterns date from 1960-64 and feature the new Simplicity Magazine.