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St. Patrick’s Day Ice Cream (Ten-B-Low)

Mar 17, 2013 |  Retro Staff No Comments

From Ten-B-Low Concentrated Real Ice Cream comes this 1950s ad for a minty, green frozen treat to celebrate March 17th. Ten-B-Low was a trademarked brand that started in 1941, producing a condensed milk product that was used as a base in making any flavor ice cream at home. It was sold in cans that yielded

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Why, This Mixor is Marvelous

Feb 28, 2013 |  Retro Staff No Comments

In 1937, Fred Waring introduced the first blender – the Miracle Mixer – at the National Restaurant Show. Waring was a well-known musician and band leader during the 1930s to the 1950s, and frequently appeared on the radio. Soon after its introduction, the kitchen appliance name was changed to the Waring Blendor. Later, the Waring

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Vintage Whitman’s Valentine’s Day Ads

Feb 14, 2013 |  Retro Staff No Comments

In the beginning (nearly 2,000 years ago), consumption of chocolate drinks and the like were reserved for special occasions. Its labeling as an aphrodisiac increased chocolate’s popularity.  For some time, the elite enjoyed the benefits of the cocoa bean, while others used it as currency. Chocolate was a true luxury – some believed it even

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Deliciously Retro: The Layer Cake

Jan 17, 2013 |  Retro Staff No Comments

Cakes themselves have a long history, well before the introduction of the cupcake (which dates back at least to the 1800s). For centuries we’ve been weighing (or measuring) fats, solids, liquids and flavorings and baking them until they rise to perfection. The layered cake, though, is much more modern – one of the first recipes

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Rubbermaid’s New Sink Fashions (1950s)

Dec 27, 2012 |  Retro Staff No Comments

Following suit of total color coordination, Rubbermaid created matching dish drainers, sink mats and countertop drainer trays. Many retro colors were available. This late ’50s ad shows a turquoise/pastel. Other colors included sunshine yellow, green, red and deep blue. This entire set could be had for under $10 (ad shows “as little as $7.96”).

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1950s Ford Dealership Promotional Thermometer

Nov 18, 2012 |  Retro Staff No Comments

In the 1950s it was popular for businesses to promote constant and word-of-mouth advertising by giving away useful items. Among the most common promotional items were desk and wall calendars, matchbooks, shoe horns and writing instruments. It was also common for business to offer more elaborate tools and household items with significant purchases, like this

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