Friday, October 14, 2011

Bellows & Co Ad

1939 Bellows & Co.

Bellows and Co. started importing Whiskey from Scotland in 1839 and this ad was produced in celebration of their 100th anniversary.  I actually grabbed it because I was toying with the idea of using the labels as a background for the blog or the header but I just couldn't get it to work right. So it got resigned to the folder to wait it's turn to be used as an article.  I keep a ready supply of these things on hand.  Actually when I last checked I have 117 vintage ads ready to be made into articles and I usually troll E-bay for more once a week.  Anyhow, I digress, on with the show.

Bet you didn't know Batman smoked a pipe
If you are in any way a wine lover or liquor collector like me then a close look of the labels presented here will have you positively salivating.  I see Chateau Haut-Brion 1924 vintage, Musigny 1934 vintage and an 1820 vintage of Rainwater Madeira.  Holy cow Batman!  That's some amazing vintages and even if you could find them today the price would be astronomical.  Bellows and Co. were eventually folded into National Distillers under the Jim Beam Importers division where it stays to this day.  I was going to post a cocktail recipe in honor of this venerable old brand, but in retrospect, maybe it is fitting to just have 2 fingers of scotch served neat.


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