Thursday’s ad is for Ova Urtrüeb Urhell, from 1957. From the late 1800s until the 1970s, poster art really came into its own, and in Europe a lot of really cool posters, many of them for breweries, were produced. This poster is something of an enigma, and may not even be for a beer. It was created by Swiss artist Celestino Piatti, who also did at least two similar ads the year before for the German Brewers Association. Apart from the flower, it looks like a beer, and certainly Urhell is a common type of beer in and around Germany. Likewise, so is Urtrüeb, although it’s not quite as common. But the text at the bottom references “grape pressed like fresh” which suggests it could be a beer-colored grape juice. Piatti did other ads for the company, which I believe is Ova, for apple juice so maybe. Still, it’s an interesting ad especially compared to some of his other beer ads during the same period.
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