Ask me anything   Retro, vintage and historic advertisements, photographs and ephemera, from the Victorian era up to the early 1970s. My other Tumblrs are The Vintage Medicine Cabinet and The Magic Lantern

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    I too would be astonished if I became a Jelly Champion.

    I too would be astonished if I became a Jelly Champion.

    — 1 week ago with 1 note
    #1930s  #1930s ads  #retro ads  #vintage ads  #retro food ads 
    Tuna As You Like It: a disturbing trend in matching convenience food to Shakespeare’s plays. To be followed by All’s Jell That Ends Jell, a tragedy starring gelatin, canned peas, and some leftover fruit salad.
atomsandsteel:

The darkest time in food history.

    Tuna As You Like It: a disturbing trend in matching convenience food to Shakespeare’s plays. To be followed by All’s Jell That Ends Jell, a tragedy starring gelatin, canned peas, and some leftover fruit salad.

    atomsandsteel:

    The darkest time in food history.

    (via willitkeep)

    — 3 weeks ago with 12 notes
    #1950s  #vintage cookbook  #retro food  #retro  #vintage 
    Mrs. Fingerwave wouldn’t have been quite so keen to comb-cut everyone’s hair if she’d noticed the large, silent, increasingly attentive heads that had gathered near the ceiling.

    Mrs. Fingerwave wouldn’t have been quite so keen to comb-cut everyone’s hair if she’d noticed the large, silent, increasingly attentive heads that had gathered near the ceiling.

    — 3 weeks ago with 1 note
    #1930s  #1930s ads  #retro ads  #vintage ads  #retro  #vintage  #vintage hair  #retro hair 
    It’s all fun and games until you notice a giant glowing spoon, loaded with wet cereal, hovering over your head.

    It’s all fun and games until you notice a giant glowing spoon, loaded with wet cereal, hovering over your head.

    — 1 month ago with 8 notes
    #1950s  #1950s ads  #retro ads  #vintage ads  #retro food  #retro food ads  #retro cereal 
    Ken kept having Bad Hair Days. He didn’t know why. And if that wasn’t confusing enough, there were a lot of Bad Jacket Days, too.

    Ken kept having Bad Hair Days. He didn’t know why. And if that wasn’t confusing enough, there were a lot of Bad Jacket Days, too.

    (Source: mizkitschbitch)

    — 1 month ago with 1633 notes
    #1960s  #1960s ads  #retro ads  #vintage ads  #barbie 
    "It’s hard to believe you’re dieting"…or it would be if Borden’s didn’t plaster words like "weight control," "dietary," and my personal favorite, "Metered Calories," all over the can. Also it doesn’t seem to be any particular flavor. Other than that, though, it’s fabulous!

    "It’s hard to believe you’re dieting"…or it would be if Borden’s didn’t plaster words like "weight control," "dietary," and my personal favorite, "Metered Calories," all over the can. Also it doesn’t seem to be any particular flavor. Other than that, though, it’s fabulous!

    — 1 month ago
    #1960s  #1960s ads  #retro ads  #retro dieting 

    When I was a little kid in the late 60s, my mother used to buy me a box of Good and Plenty when I’d been particularly good about going shopping with her. We lived in Manhattan, so being good meant doing a lot of walking, and crossing the street holding her hand, and going into many many stores. So when I see a box of Good and Plenty  I have an instant, vivid memory of walking up Second Avenue holding my mom’s hand. It brings her back to me, and brings back the 60s in New York in such a clear, immediate way. Nostalgia candy is like that, isn’t it? We all have favorites from childhood and it is always a treat to meet them again.

    Classic Candy by Darlene Lacey is a very enjoyable, concise history of the golden age of American candy from 1950 to 1980. This was a time when there were tons of ads, commercials and interest in all sorts of wonderful candies - everything from Chuckles and wax lips to Mellomints (made by Luden’s, of cough drop fame) and Necco Wafers (so named for the New England Confectionery Company). 

    This charming little book is filled with fabulous vintage ads and fun facts, For example - getting back to Good and Plenty - did you know that it was first produced in 1893 by the Quaker City Chocolate and Confectionery Company? And that it’s the oldest brand-name candy in the US? I had no idea. You’ll enjoy looking back at your favorites, too.

    [Many thanks to Shire Books for sending this to me; as ever, though, the opinions are all my own.]

    — 1 month ago
    #vintage candy  #classic candy  #retro candy  #1960s ads  #1960s candy  #vintage ads  #retro ads  #vintage  #retro  #nostalgia  #book review 
    Mounds is the Best-Liked Coconut Candy in All the World. Its little friend Almond Joy, not so much.

    Mounds is the Best-Liked Coconut Candy in All the World. Its little friend Almond Joy, not so much.

    — 1 month ago with 2 notes
    #retro candy  #retro ads  #vintage ads  #vintage candy 
    The sky darkened suddenly. The sandwich grew until it was four times the size of a man’s head. Don’t look inside! Don’t look!….Ohh, too late.

    The sky darkened suddenly. The sandwich grew until it was four times the size of a man’s head. Don’t look inside! Don’t look!….Ohh, too late.

    — 1 month ago with 1 note
    #1950s  #1950s ads  #Retro Food  #retro food ads  #Strange Retro 
    The Couch Dress: fashion that makes a statement. The statement being that you’re not planning to get up off the couch for any reason whatsoever.

    The Couch Dress: fashion that makes a statement. The statement being that you’re not planning to get up off the couch for any reason whatsoever.

    — 1 month ago with 5 notes
    #1970s  #1970s ads  #retro ads  #vintage ads  #weird retro  #Strange Retro