Fall Leaves

I was hoping to find some beautifully colored fall leaves to share with you and couldn’t believe my luck when I found this great advertising image to share with you. Bunker Hill Breweries, owned by A. G. Van Nostrand was known for its P.B. Ale. And, apparently in October, there was something extra special about their brew.

This advertising image with its beautiful fall leaves is from around 1880. The Massachusetts company was in existence from 1821 until 1918. A magazine advertisement from Life magazine used a phrase that often seems associated with the ale – “Oh, Be Jolly”. They advertised the ale as being the “purest and best” since fermentation was not forced.

Reading about the history of companies can be fun but what I’m hoping is that some of you will have fun with these beautiful autumn leaves. Fall leaves like these from vintage periodicals is oddly somewhat rare – or at least there’s not that many that I’ve found yet. Bright red, yellow, orange and green leaves still attached to a small stem could easily be separated from the advertising text. I’ll leave it to you as to whether you wish to keep his a vintage advertising image or use it as a colorful drawing of fall leaves.


This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.