Beer In Ads #1359: Let Me Cool You Off


Thursday’s ad is for Budweiser, from 1951. This is from a series of billboard ads from around the same time I stumbled upon, though I’m sure the originals in color are more spectacular, though in case I’m a little glad it’s in black and white. In this ad for Budweiser, they’re advertising with a giant bottle of Bud up in the mountains, along with a full tall glass, and is that a snowed in cabin I fee behind them? Who wouldn’t want to be there?

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Beer In Ads #1358: No Wonder It’s … Again


Wednesday’s ad is another one for Schlitz, also from 1950. This is from a series of billboard ads from around the same time I stumbled upon, though I’m sure the originals in color are more spectacular, though in case I’m a little glad it’s in black and white. In this ad for Schlitz, they’re advertising with a football player, agin using the tagline “No wonder it’s … The Beer that made Milwaukee famous.” I still don’t quite understand it, but I did discover it was designed by a well-known ad man at the time, Howard Scott.

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Beer In Ads #1357: No Wonder It’s …


Tuesday’s ad is for Schlitz, from 1950. This is from a series of billboard ads from around the same time I stumbled upon, though I’m sure the originals in color are more spectacular, though in case I’m a little glad it’s in black and white. In this ad for Schlitz, they’re advertising with a clown — and I HATE clowns — but even so I don’t quite understand this one. Essentially it’s saying “No wonder it’s … The Beer that made Milwaukee famous.” But why? Because … clown?

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Beer In Ads #1355: … Take Your ‘Pick’


Sunday’s ad is for Haffenreffer & Co., Inc., from 1946. This is from a series of billboard ads from around the same time I stumbled upon, though I’m sure the originals in color are more spectacular. In this ad for Pickwick Ale and Pickwick Ale Light, they’re advertising like that scene in The Blues Brothers, when they play in a redneck bar. When one of the Blues Brothers asks what kind of music they play here, a waitress replies “we got both kinds: country AND western.” Same deal with the choices presented here, your “pick” is between regular adjunct ale or light adjunct ale, which according to the label is “lighter than regular Pickwick.”

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Beer In Ads #1353: A Better Beer Naturally


Friday’s ad is for Gretz Beer, from 1951. This is from a series of billboard ads from the same year I stumbled upon, though I’m sure the originals in color are more spectacular. In this Gretz ad, they’re advertising it as “a better beer naturally.” I wonder what they meant by that? There;s a clue in this wonderful sentiment that ends the ad. “Made the old-fashioned way — slowly — naturally.” I guess every other brewery was making their beer a completely different, and unnatural, way. Oh, and fast, too.

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Beer In Ads #1352: Gimme Gold Label


Thursday’s ad is for Acme Beer, from 1951. This is from a series of billboard ads from the same year I stumbled upon, though I’m sure the originals in color are more spectacular. In this Acme ad for their Gold Label beer, they’re advertising it as a “new lighter, drier beer.” The cartoon faces are amazing, especially that wink.

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Beer In Ads #1351: From The Land Of Sky Blue Waters


Wednesday’s ad is for Hamm’s, from 1951. This is from a series of billboard ads from the same year I stumbled upon, though I’m sure the originals in color are more spectacular. In this Hamm’s ad, using their iconic tagline “From the land of sky blue waters,” imagine it ginormous, with a bottle of beer being poured into a pilsner glass, with a picturesque outdoor background.

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