Retro Hair Ads

I am a complete nut for ‘old junk’! One of my favourite places in the Lower Mainland is Antique Alley in New Westminster, and I could spend hours just trifling through all of the hidden treasures that they have.  My main thing that I collect over anything else is old magazines, books, publications etc.  I have a fairly extensive pre 1970’s Playboy collection, Teen Beats from the 1950’s, vintage Cosmopolitans and Vogues, a news paper from the day they landed on the moon (allegedly lol) and so much more.  My next goal is to start collecting YM’s from the 80’s and 90’s, as they were my bible when I was a teenager and I absolutely kick myself from not hanging onto any from the 4 years that I had a subscription.

I was flipping through one of the old  Cosmos the other day and was giggling at all of the ridiculous beauty ads.  And by ridiculous, I mean cheesy, unrealistic and it still makes me want to buy the item. So I started researching to see what kind of fun retro hair ads I could find, and these are my favourites.  They possess just the right amount of humour and creepiness to make me want all of the items advertised.

Teen Magazine - 1972

Mademoiselle - April 1970

Comic Book - 1954

Popular Mechanics

Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper - June 1881

Listerine Mouthwash - Dandruff Remover 1930

Armand's Hair Restorer - 1898

Vitalis Hair Tonic - 1955

Eugene, Ltd.'s - 1932

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