Red, pink, gold & beyond – See the top vintage nail polish brands and colors from the 20th century, with shades & styles from decades ago – see how manicures have changed over the years!
Vintage beauty & fashion
For more than 100 years, if you needed a new pair of sneakers or sandals, oxfords or saddle shoes, you had to visit one or more vintage shoe stores. Through more than 100 photos, see what it was like!
Who remembers this long-running old ad campaign, showing how vintage Jergens Lotion helped with ‘detergent hands’ – dry, reddened skin from hand-washing dishes?
Qiana was a silk-like fiber introduced by DuPont during the late sixties, and often used in high-end and designer fashions. See how it looked in some beautiful vintage Qiana fashions from the 1970s here!
Years ago, companies promoted all kinds of vintage freebies and low-cost mail-in offers, usually requiring some boxtops or proof of purchase. Look back at some of the premiums from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s!
Back in the 1920s, footwear manufacturers and merchants decided that X-ray shoe fittings could bring in lots of customers – people who would be thrilled to let a recent scientific advance help them find the perfect shoe. There was just a little problem…
Prell shampoo was popular since its introduction in the 1940s, and was best-known for being bright emerald green. Here, see how the product – and the brand’s message – changed from the ’40s to the ’80s!
These vintage Lady Buxton wallets came in classic designs made of leather and leather-like materials, many having a small unique design feature to set them apart without being ostentatious.
The history of Levi’s jeans shows that the power of a really good idea – like super-durable clothing that people like to wear – can make for a business that stays strong for more than 160 years.
Here’s a look back to the sixties and seventies to see some of the popular bar soaps from the ’60s and & ’70s (and a few others that, well, existed)
For the first half of the twentieth century, most dress shoes for women had high heels. In the sixties, however, that started to change. As
When vintage Dial Soap debuted in the late forties, one of their selling points was ‘Dial smells good — not strong, not sissy.’ See how the product – and the message – changed over the years!
Some of the most stylish vintage 1960s shoes for women had bows, flowers, rhinestones, buckles, straps and ruffles. And don’t forget the broad, chunky heels! Here’s a look back.
When you look at these vintage Longines watches, think back to the era when wristwatches were as ubiquitous as our phones today – and almost as important.
In the ’60s and ’70s, these vintage ads for stylish vintage Foster Grants sunglasses featured many of the most popular stars of the era – from Raquel Welch to Mia Farrow, Peter Sellers to Robert Goulet.
What was the retro pastel eye makeup look all about? Making the eyes look big and soft by creating a natural look with pale eyeshadow shades. See it here!
The old Sears Wish Book catalog was perfectly named – it was where kids and adults alike would dream about all the things that Santa (or a special elf) might bring for Christmas. Find out its history here!
Take a look back at these vintage jewelry boxes that were so popular, including some with fold-out storage and – of course – spinning ballerinas.
Ayds was a diet candy that debuted in the ’40s – basically a piece of caramel or fudge that contained an appetite suppressant. For years, Ayds candy was a big seller… and then came AIDS.
Anita Shops was a small but popular shop for women’s clothes, starting in the ’50s through the ’70s. Here’s a look at some of their vintage fashions!
What did Vintage Target stores look like? Take a look back here at dozens of in-store pictures from the company’s start in 1962 through the end of the 20th century!
In the sixties, up-and-coming actresses were the starlets who helped sell vintage versions of Coppertone suntan lotion – and the popular look of tan, tan skin.
Keds vintage sneakers made their debut in 1916, and are still a widely-recognized brand more than a century later. Here’s a look back at some of their most popular footwear fashions from decades past!
From awful double entendres to horrible diseases to the just plain bizarre, here are some bad vintage product names that used to appear on grocery store shelves.
Here’s a look back to the days before handheld blow dryers were common, when you needed fancy salon-style vintage hair dryers to get your look just right!
Check out these vintage lipsticks from the ’60s that came in plum and peach colors, honey and mocha shades, sheer and creamy finishes.
Take a look back a few decades to when these cute vintage plastic bangle bracelets were fashionable accessories for women and juniors!
Take a look back at dozens of vintage gift sets for men from the ’60s, with popular aftershave, cologne, shaving sets and other grooming products.
Take a look back at dozens of vintage gift sets for women from the ’50s, ’60s & ’70s, filled with fancy fragrances, makeup, skincare products & more!
Vintage fashion watch: Jackie Kennedy and her fabulous clothes The elegance, the chic, the supertaste that comprise… The Jackie Kennedy Look (but what is that
The old-fashioned Lustre-Creme shampoo was famous for hiring famous actresses to promote their product. Here’s a look at some of the stars!
In 1950, Sam Walton purchased a store in Bentonville, Arkansas, and then in 1962, opened the first Wal-Mart store in Arkansas. And that’s just the start of Vintage Wal-Mart history.
Whether for a day at the beach or in the pool, these inflatable vintage pool floats and loungers gave people of all ages a new way to enjoy the water.
Back in the sixties, paper dresses were fashionable, and many thought they’d be the next big thing! Similar fads: paper and aluminum foil dresses, and a dress in a can.
The iconic Breck Girl shampoo ads were meant to look sweet & wholesome, and a few of the models went on to become famous actresses. Take a look!
Not only would these sexist vintage ads not sell well today, but they’d also cause a huge social media backlash. See 50 of the most obnoxious examples here.
See several savvy ’60s sewing machines here – tune the knob and so straight stitching, fancy embroidery, mending, button-sewing and beyond.
These vintage bullet bras (also called sweater bras) were considered flattering and sexy around the ’50s. Take a look back and see what you think of the style!
Vintage velveteen dresses were popular in the sixties, and considered THE thing for ‘at-home party wear. ‘Take a look at some of these bright and sassy dresses!
So hot in the ’60s, the dramatic, dome-shaped beehive can be created at home! Here’s how to get the vintage beehive hairstyle that creates the illusion of tall elegance.
When it came to popular ’60s hairstyles, there were several ways to wear the hair short and look smart. Here are some of the hottest retro looks!
Companies promoted it. Celebrities touted it. Everyday people paid attention, and then spent hours in the sun, trying to get the perfect suntan.
See more than two dozen examples of vintage makeup, showing the evolution of blue eyeshadow from the ’50s to the ’80s. As you will see, sometimes it works… and sometimes it really, really doesn’t.
Retro ’60s clothes to make you feel as weightless as a space-walker – culottes, swinging pants, and tent dresses – in a galaxy of designs and colors.
In this era of push-button cans of room deodorants and fancy smells, there is still the lingering remembrance of grandma’s old-fashioned rose jar with flower petals.
If women of the ’60s needed slimming or trimming for their legs, they might have tried these retro leg exercises, created for maximum leg-watching appeal.
Remember the old Palmolive dish soap ads, featuring Madge the Manicurist (actress Jan Miner), who was always telling women how terrible their hands looked?
Exercises to take off inches, and diet to drop off pounds – this program was planned for the readers of Woman’s Day by the famous beauty expert Elizabeth Arden.
If you want that gorgeous, ingenue-like retro makeup style popular in the ’60s and ’70, here’s how to apply false eyelashes just like they did back then!
In the sixties and seventies, when it came to vintage mini dresses and miniskirts, the rule was short and sassy! If you want to recreate these retro clothing fashions, here’s where to begin.
Twiggy’s big, blue eyes, set in fantastic black lashes, were just one of the things you’d quickly notice about one of the very first supermodels, the often-imitated Twiggy.
Surprised in the night by a five-alarm fire, rescued before there was a chance to change, each (luckily) was caught in something so devastatingly pretty, she didn’t feel the least bit flustered about going out in the world. Moral: The right way to be rescued is in the nicest nighties you can find.