Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

A questionable vintage beer ad September 18, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Audrey Kletscher Helbling @ 8:27 AM
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WHEN I SAW this vintage advertising signage recently at the August Schell Brewing Company Museum in New Ulm, I had to wonder, “What were they thinking?”

But I expect that back in the early 1900s, peddling beer in this manner was socially-acceptable. Can you imagine the uproar, though, if this occurred today, and rightfully so?

What you can’t read in this photo are the words directly under the girl’s image: “A Lady of Quality.” That really got me. Again, I’m certain such word choice was not considered inappropriate for that time period.

I wonder what the public will think years from now about some of our current-day ads. I’m not talking Schell’s advertising. I’m talking advertising in general.

Will anyone wonder, “What were they thinking?”

© Copyright 2010 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


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