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Beer In Ads #2349: New England Clam Bake

Wednesday’s ad is by the Brewing Industry Foundation, from 1945, part of a series of ads the beer industry undertook just as World War 2 was ending, after their “Morale is a Lot of Little Things” series. They were also a precursor to the “Home Life in America” series that was numbered (and which I’ve featured before), and very similar. Each ad featured an original illustration or work of art by prominent artists of the time, along with the first use of the “Beer Belongs…enjoy it!” tagline. It’s also when the UBIF started using “America’s Beverage of Moderation” in their advertising.

In this ad, entitled “New England Clam Bake,” the scene shows a beach where a dozen people are having a clam bake, complete with many beers. The painting was done by William Palmer, who was an “American painter who created public murals” from Des Moines, Iowa.

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