“ Unusual Advertising Poster ”
of the Early Years
When the Bicycle grew up
and wrote Advertising History in a Beer Garden
Allsopp’s Garden. Beer garden with outside buffet with numerous guests sitting in the open and in an arcade, enjoying Allsopp’s Imperial Stout and India Pale-Ale and Burton Ale
par verre 20 cent
The gentlemen with cigars throughout. Above the entrance of the public house on the right side the Union Jack flies.
In front of it bicycle stand with two bikes with their sporting owners seated at an isolated separate table,
admonished by the call displayed on the rack below stopping hand
“ (CYCLISTS , ONLY DRINK ALLSOPP’S STOUT). ”
Poster by Allsopp’s Brewery in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordsh. Lithograph printed in brown. C. 1880s. Inscribed as above. 23¼ × 33¼ in (59 × 84.5 cm).
Lynn Pearson, Built to Brew / The history and heritage of the brewery, 2014, illustration of this copy page 190 , captioned
“ An unusual advertising poster … for a beer garden ,
Note the garden’s provision for stout-drinking cyclists .”
To boost their brawn it indeed should be , ought to be a STOUT ! It were just the years when the chain gear helped the bicycle to maturity. And the beer metropolis Burton was at her zenith and boomed
“ CYCLISTES NE BUVEZ QUE L’ALLSOPP’S STOUT ”!
Allsopp’s success story began with Samuel Allsopp (1780-1838), yet nonetheless based on Benjamin Wilson’s brewery, a relative of his, as the leading one in Burton upon Trent, which he entered at the age of 20 and bought out seven years later, first a majority, then, 1812 completely and carried on under his own name. While Napoleon’s Continental System ruined the Baltic trade important to English brewers, so the mistake of a competitor and Allsopp’s courageous grasp secured him big business from the East India Company with India Pale Ale. Leaving to the next generation a house established in such a manner, Allsopp’s dominated for decades along with the competitor Bass Burton’s brewing fame. So for instance in 1861 this duo accounted for two thirds of the 3500 brewery employees there. For Allsopp’s not least due to their additional brewhouse built 1859/60, which earned the repute of being the world’s greatest individual brewery. Later a general decline of the beer market and in-house setbacks led to failed going public and mergers, yet the name remained part of the company until 1959.
See on this Pearson, op. cit., pages 49 & 176-187 and Wikipedia. – Lower left the red Belgian poster duty stamp at 12 c. as the highest value along with the additional imprint AANPLAKBRIEVEN added since 1886, cancelled by stamp of the printer Aug. Geud(ens) in Antwerp’s Rue des Juifs no. 15.
The usual fold traces due to the fine poster paper barely conspicuous. Only few backed tears and a larger tear backed with similarly toned paper in the sky part. – In short , subordinating the figures to the advertising message , a
pictorially as stylistically interesting “unusual poster”
from doubly early days .
Those of the poster & those of the bicycle !
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(Frau K. K., 21. Mai 2013)