Monday’s ad is for Budweiser, from 1947. With the tagline “Beer Is As Old As History,” the ad shows scenes from the beginning of civilization to the the present, with select points of history in between. I actually have an original copy of the ad framed in my office. It’s a pretty grandiose ad, especially with the conceit of the Budweiser and glass as the suggested result of all that history.
Thursday’s ad is for Budweiser, also from 1948. It’s yet another of Bud’s “Great Contributions to Good Taste” series, this one suggesting that it was James VI of Scotland who made country clubs possible, because he changed the laws to allow golf (which had apparently been prohibited by earlier kings). Having been to countless wedding receptions at country clubs, I’m not entirely convinced that it was such a great contribution to good taste.
Monday’s ad is for Budweiser, from 1943. In honor of Veterans Day, it’s a World War 2 era Navy ad. The tagline, “The Ammunition is being passed,” is a reference to “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition” an patriotic song written by Frank Loesser in 1942. It was a response to the attack on Pearl Harbor that marked American involvement in World War II.
Thursday’s ad is for Budweiser, from 1948. On a historical theme — and part of their “Great Contributions to Good Taste” series — the ad suggests that “Oysters and lobsters gave the trail its start,” and by trail, they mean the entire west coast. Apparently the Wells Fargo stagecoach first delivered food before diversifying into banking.
Wednesday’s ad is for Budweiser, from 1958. It’s one from Anheuser-Busch’s long-running “Where There’s Like … There’s Bud” series. In this one, a smiling redhead is having her pilsner glass filled, but notice that it’s already full to the brim, but there’s still a stream of beer coming out of the bottle, plus you can see a fair amount of beer still inside the bottle, too. A lot of these ads show this impossible scene of a bottomless beer bottle where despite the fact that glass is full, the bottle that filled it is still likewise full. It’s magic. And check out the length of her painted fingernails. They seem pretty long for 1958. Of course, I was minus one that year, so what do I know?