Friday, February 1, 2013

cleveland saloon paintings

 part of a mural over the long street side of a west side saloon
John Gilroy painted for Guinness, poster after poster, year after year, both clever and attractive subjects. Gilroy did his first beer poster in 1930, he continued for a over a generation. The weathervane toucan came in 1955. Yes, it is a lovely day for a stout. For some it is an acquired taste, but unlike 2,000 lagers it is something to remember.
I do not know whose inspiration this speakeasy, flapper Martini Girl is. 806 is the address.
The 1st of February is the name day for St. Bridget of Kildare. There is a prayer/poem in her name that begins:  I'd like to give a lake of beer to God... 
An older better version is, more clearly, a prayer of Grace before meal:
I should like a great lake of finest ale for all the people.
I should like a table of the choicest foods for the family of Heaven.
Let the ale be made from the fruits of faith, and the food be for giving love.
I should welcome the sick to my feast for they are God's joy.
Let the poor sit with Sophia, at the highest place and the sick with the angels.
Bless the poor, bless the sick, bless our human race.
Bless our food, bless our drink, all homes, O God embrace. 

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