Collection: 1930s Posters

A majority of our 1930s Posters are reproductions from the Japanese Beer Culture that exploded during that time.

Prewar Japanese Beer Posters: the Most Beautiful Ads ever made?

Before 1994, a Japanese brewery legally had to produce 528,000 gallons of the stuff every year to qualify for a license, a regulation nakedly meant to hand the advantage to long-established corporations. This situation still exists, to an extent, in Korea; hence the dominance there of the near-flavorless Hite, Cass, and OB.

But if we've entered the golden age of Japanese beer, we've missed the golden age of Japanese beer advertising. That came before the Second World War, a time when, if the advertising industry needed drawing, painting, or lettering, it was done by hand.

Asahi, Kirin, and Sapporo were not known for their richly flavorful product, but could command richly evocative imagery for the posters and postcards that promoted it.

A robust market now exists for these antique pieces of advertising and their suitable-for-framing reproductions. Spend enough time hunting for them, and you'll start to notice that different brands often used the same pictures: what you'd thought of as "the Asahi girl" might well turn up on a Sapporo poster, and so on.

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  • Reproduction - 1930`s Vintage Kirin Beer Poster (Large Size) - Kirin Edition (5)
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  • Reproduction - 1930`s Vintage Kirin Beer Poster (Large Size) - Kirin Edition (1)
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  • Reproduction - 1930`s Vintage Kirin Beer Poster (Large Size) - Kirin Edition (6)
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  • Reproduction - 1930`s Vintage Kirin Beer Poster (Large Size) - Kirin Edition (4)
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  • Reproduction - 1930`s Vintage Kirin Beer Poster (Large Size) - Kirin Edition (3)
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  • Reproduction – Set of 3 1930`s Vintage Beer Posters (B2 Size) – 1 Yebisu and 2 Sapporo Posters
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  • Reproduction – Full Set of 6 1930`s Vintage Kirin Beer Posters (Large Size) –Including Postcard Set
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  • Reproduction - 1930`s Vintage Kirin Beer Poster (Large Size) - Kirin Edition (2)
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  • Reproduction - 1930`s Vintage Yebisu Beer Poster (Large Size) - Yebisu Edition
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