Beer In Ads #1195: Dick Wiken For Blatz


Sunday’s ad is for Blatz Beer, from 1949. The ad is part of Blatz’s “I lived in Milwaukee, I ought to know” series from the later Forties and Fifties that featured prominent celebrities, sports figures and famous folks from Milwaukee claiming to know “Blatz is Milwaukee’s Finest Beer” because they lived there, or near there, at some point in their lives. This one features sculptor Dick Wiken, who was born in Milwaukee. Accounts refer to him as an architectural sculptor, and after 1945 most of his work involved larger commissions, like his sculpture of Diana on the Milwaukee Athletic Club building.

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