Wednesday’s ad is for “Hamm’s,” from somewhere between the 1960s and 1980. This ad was made for Hamm’s Brewing, which was founded in 1865 by Theodore Hamm in St. Paul, Minnesota. At its peak, it was the 5th largest brewery in America, and operated facilities in five cities, including San Francisco, L.A., Baltimore and Houston, in addition to the original brewery in Minnesota. This ad uses the long-running character Sascha, better known as the Hamm’s Bear, a cartoon mascot that the brewery began using in 1952 to great success, and only stopped using in 2000. This one shows the Hamm’s Bear sitting on top of a wolf while a rabbit, bird and beaver look on from their seat in a roller coaster, with the headline “On Top Again!” I feel like there’s something I’m missing here, because this one doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.
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