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Vintage Poster Brings Guinness Label to Life

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Vintage Poster Brings Guinness Label to Life

Vintage Guinness poster "Harp Player" (circa 1958)In tribute to St. Patrick's Day and *National Women's History Month, I am featuring this vintage Guinness poster. Created in 1958, it is one of the few vintage advertisements to have been created by a female artist for the famous Irish stout. It is also one of the few Guinness posters that shows off the brand's product label, which is recognizable by beer lovers around the globe. The advertisements depicts a fair-headed woman rapturously playing the harp on the Guinness label, as if the label was part of a living scene in a musical performance. It is not clear whether the artist was imagining a gigantic bottle of Guinness or a tiny harp player. Assuming that the artist was Irish, though, and a true Guinness lover, I'm placing my bets she was dreaming of a bottle of stout large enough for her to wrap her own arms around. *March is National Women's History Month in the US, not Ireland. However, I feel that it is appropriate to recognize a female Irish artist in tandem with National Women's History Month as the US is a country that has been heavily populated by the descendants of Irish-American descendants like myself. Ireland's influence on American culture is quite strong, particularly in the South, where the majority of Scotch-Irish immigrants settled.