Beer In Ads #2284: Three Rings, Another Train


Monday’s ad is for Ballantine, from 1940. In this ad, part of a series progressing from one, to two, to three rings, this one shows another toy steam train chugging along. This one also has a face, but at least there’s a person driving it. But the result is the same, it’s also puffed out three rings in the shape of the Ballantine logo.

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Beer In Ads #2282: Three Rings, Pipe Rings


Saturday’s ad is for Ballantine, from 1940. In this ad, part of a series progressing from one, to two, to three rings, this one shows a man sitting in an easy chair smoking a pipe. I’ve seen smoke rings, but pipe rings? That’s what he’s making, first one, then another and finally three, making, what else, the Ballantine logo in the air.

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Beer In Ads #2280: Three Rings, Spilled Milk


Thursday’s ad is for Ballantine, from 1940. In this ad, part of a series progressing from one, to two, to three rings, this one shows a cat knocking over a milk bottle, creating a ring of the floor. I guess the cat keep playing with the bottle, causing it to roll and keep spilling, creating a second and then a third ring until there’s a Ballantine logo in milk on the floor and a cat who knows he’s done a good job making the “okay” sign with three raised fingers to “order the ‘handy’ way.”

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Beer In Ads #2279: Three Rings, Winter Sled


Wednesday’s ad is for Ballantine, from 1948. In this ad, part of a series progressing from one, to two, to three rings, this one shows a sled pulled through the snow by a white horse. It’s obviously Christmastime and the couple appears to be delivering Ballantine, but it seems to be that each house they visit adds one more smoke ring from their chimney so that by the third home it’s the Ballantine logo in fireplace smoke rings.

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Beer In Ads #2276: Three Rings, At The Sphinx


Sunday’s ad is for Ballantine, from 1940. In this ad, part of a series progressing from one, to two, to three rings, this one shows a trio of camels riding in circles in front of the Sphinx in Egypt. Their path first makes one circle in the sand, then a second, with no reaction, as you’d expect, from the statue. But after they make a third one, mirroring the Ballantine three-ring logo, the Sphinx smiles and waves to them. Personally, I think they’ve just had one too many Ballantines.

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Beer In Ads #2275: Three Rings, Polar Bears


Saturday’s ad is for Ballantine, from 1949. In this ad, part of a series progressing from one, to two, to three rings, this one shows a polar bear fishing in a stream. With each failed attempt reaching his paw into the water, creating a ring. Three times he tried and failed, the fish is seemingly laughing at the bear; but at the least, his efforts created the Ballantine logo.

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