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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Enjoying a Stroh's: 1935

Enjoying a Stroh's: 1935

Circa 1935 family portrait by my grandfather Howard McGraw, a photographer for the Detroit News for almost 40 years, of his brother and a thirsty young nephew. Scanned from a 4x5 negative. View full size.

Looks like a hot day.

Bet the boy is much more comfortable than his dad. And to see the boy and his dad bonding over a beer...priceless!

Another Vote for the Stroh's of Yore

I remember opining in the '60s that Stroh's was the beer that Coors only claimed to be. Olympia was pretty good, too.

Tall Boys

I'm a 50 year old man with plenty of beer under my belt, and I feel the effects of a 16 oz beer.

It's a dark Lager to boot. That 50 lb kid has to have been wasted when he was through.

It was probably warm as well....bleh

And the result?

Beer, kid, stairs - and the ultimate result might be a tipsy nipper?

Stroh's Brewery

Stroh's still exists as a brand. I had one in Michigan last summer, but it's not nearly as good as I remember it when it was "fire-brewed" in Detroit. For a while it was made in St. Paul, but now I think it's made by Miller in Milwaukee. Stroh's ice cream is also still available, at least in Michigan.

[The Stroh's Beer brand name is now owned by Pabst. - tterrace]

August heat

One of the most candidly perfect photos I've seen to date here on Shorpy!

Free beer

In the 1960s and 70s Stroh gave tours of the plant, followed by free beer in their Rathskeller. I took that tour many times.

"From one beer lover to another: Stroh's Beer!"

It really was a terrific regional beer back in the day. I was in the Air Force in the early 70s stationed in Ohio, and this was the only beer most of us drank.

Nap time beer

This pic reminded me immediately of a family living on our street in the early 50's. They would give their toddler, who was probably 3 years old and about 30 pounds or less, one longneck beer in the afternoon. He would stagger around on the porch for a little bit and then his mother would take him inside for his nap.

Guess he got grandfathered in

Prior to the end of Prohibition in 1933, there was no minimum drinking age in Michigan.

Uncle Beer

I had an Uncle who would give me a small glass of beer when I was a kid. Loved it.

Stroh's spelled backwards is?

Stroh's long gone

Stroh's was a great Detroit brand, no longer available. They made pretty decent ice cream too.

I Hear Banjo Music

Looks like the kid from "Deliverance", knocking back a cold one with Dad. They both, probably, fired up a Camel afterwards

Spatsy

Awesome looking shoes.

Chug-a-lug

The young boy is starting off with beer quite early in life; apparently much to the chagrin of the women to the left of his uncle.

 
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