Geoff. McElwaine

Geoff. McElwaine

Posted on 08/11/2013


Photo taken on July 23, 2007



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Sign
Guinness
McHugh's Bar
Northern Ireland
Belfast


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" My Goodness ... ! "

" My Goodness ... ! "
Sign on the gable end of a famous Belfast public house. As may be seen in my picture, McHugh’s bar dates back to 1711, making it the oldest surviving building in Belfast. Standing in the historical heart of the city, McHugh’s has watched as it grew from being a small settlement into a thriving industrial centre in the18th and 19th centuries. With the 20th century came industrial decline and civil unrest but still McHugh’s survived and today, in an era of regeneration and renaissance for Belfast, the building remains.

Guinness, the liquid featured in this adverisement, owes its iconic stature, in part, to its advertising. The most notable and recognisable series of adverts were primarily drawn by the English artist and illustrator, John Gilroy MA, ARCA, FRSA. [ 1898-1985 ], in the 1930s and '40s. Posters included phrases such as "Guinness for Strength", "Lovely Day for a Guinness", "Guinness Makes You Strong," " My Goodness My Guinness, " [ as shown here ] and, most famously, "Guinness is Good For You". The posters featured Gilroy's distinctive artwork and often featured animals such as a kangaroo, ostrich, seal, lion and notably a toucan, which became as much a Guinness symbol as the harp.

Larry Drummond, Juan have particularly liked this photo


Comments
Dave Hilditch
Dave Hilditch
Great advert beautifully captured.
Thanks for posting.
4 years ago.
Juan
Juan
Fantastic composition !!
4 years ago.
Polyrus
Polyrus
A good presentation with very interesting notes.
4 years ago.
Dave Linscheid
Dave Linscheid
Impressive advertising art. Neat pic.

ADMIRED in ART 4U
3 years ago.
Larry Drummond
Larry Drummond
Classic image!
3 years ago.