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Beer In Ads #2605: A Glass Of Beer Is Many Things

Monday’s ad is for is by the U.S. Brewers Association, from 1961. Beginning during World War II, the USBIF began a series of positive ads under the name “Morale is a Lot of Little Things” followed by an unnumbered series of illustrated ads that were a precursor to the numbered “Home Life in America,” the crown jewel of ads which ran from 1945 to 1956, also known as the Beer Belongs series. But they didn’t end there, and for a short time afterward, beginning in 1956, several more similar ads were created but without the numbering or the “Home Life in America” association. Shortly thereafter, the ads continued to use thematic elements from the earlier ads, but they became more conventional, using photographs instead of art.

In this ad, another one entitled “A Glass Of Beer Is Many Things,” the scene is a woman in line at the grocery store, but the ad copy is about the contributions of the brewing industry to the economy. But the other thing I noticed is there’s a small sign at the front of the carts that reads “No Tipping Please.” Was tipping at the grocery store something people did in the early 1960s?

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