Saturday’s ad is for Pabst, which most sources claim is from 1920 or the 1920s. It’s mostly a simple photo 9or is that an illustration?), but some of the text is priceless. Starting with the “most refreshing thirst quencher on the market this long, blazing summer” (how exactly would you measure that?), to “Its label means exactly what is says” (so that’s “The Brew Of Quality,” I guess), “And you don’t have to remember a ritual to get it” (not like those other beers that require a special dance or secret handshake before you can buy them).
Friday’s ad is for Pabst, from 1939. Set at what the refer to as “Boston’s Swank Copley-Plaza,” which today is part of the Fairmont chain, the ad features a couple dressed to the nines and out for a night on the town. But what really makes this ad a hoot, is how they refer to the beer. “For Keener Refreshment … It’s Lighter … Brighter … Brisk-Bodied, Not Logy!” Whew, well thank goodness it’s not logy. Wait, what the hell is “logy?” Apparently it means “dull and heavy in motion or thought; sluggish.”
Friday’s ad is for Pabst, from 1896. I don’t know if it was intended as an advertisement or something else, but it’s a beautiful piece of art. The only name attached to the image is “rose window,” which is what it resembles, of course, a popular stained glass design.
Thursday’s ad is for Pabst Blue Ribbon, from 1950. The setting for the ad is the archery range, and features archery champion Larry Hughes. According to a History Of Archery By Tom Brissee, in 1941 Hughes used “aluminum arrows to win the American National Archery Championship.”
Monday’s ad is for Pabst Blue Ribbon, from May 1942. This one involves a ping pong, err … table tennis, match and was created by well-known illustrator Albert Dorne. Using the Pabst tagline about 33 to 1, that’s also the score in the game, which sparks a bit of a goofy discussion.
Friday’s ad is for Pabst Blue Ribbon, from April 1942. It’s a bowling themed ad, a popular sport in beer ads, at least up until the 1960s or 70s. The man bowling didn’t convert a split, sailing the ball between two pins, placing his 200 game in jeopardy, apparently. Luckily using some pretty tortured 33 to 1 logic, he managed to make his 200 game and beat the competition by 20 points.
Monday’s ad is for Pabst Blue Ribbon, this one from 1913. It’s a fairly simple ad, with two men (possibly famous? – the one on the left looks a little familiar) clinking some pretty small glasses of beer. They look a lot like modern 4 oz. sample glasses. One thing I am curious about; what was it they were doing that they had to “come back to Pabst?”
Friday’s ad is again for Pabst Blue Ribbon, also from 1950. This one features New York Yankee Tommy Henrich, who apparently was named Athlete-of-the-Year that year. He’s showing off his World Series home run ball, from what series I have no idea. Given the look on his face, it’s probably a good thing he’s sharing a PBR so his guest can endure his tall tales.
Thursday’s ad is again for Pabst Blue Ribbon, this one from 1950. Showing an old-fashioned tennis player — is that Pancho Gonzalez again? — using a racket with just one string, the analogy they’re using is that playing that way is the equivalent of not blending your beer. Blending is great, but it’s not the only way to brew a beer, and it may not even be the best way to make a pilsner. But how about that outfit?
Wednesday’s ad is also for Pabst Blue Ribbon, this one from 1948. Showing famed comedian and actor Bob Hope in what’s purported to be his home in Hollywood — golf club in hand — he appears to be lecturing the crowd, perhaps on pain of getting hit with his driver. That, or he’s boring them to death with another golf story.