I just received this afternoon a copy of this wonderful poster print that will rank pretty high in the "Most Beautiful Advertising Rugby Print World Contest" (new concept, I agree...)
This print is refered to us by historian and rugby writer Ron Palenski in Otago who owns the original adversitising print.
Thanks a lot, Ron!
As Ron puts it "The football punch was produced by an immigrant Frenchman, Henri Pain, at Westport in the South Island of New Zealand" (nota: "Pain" in French translates into "Bread"...)
This Franco-Kiwi story doesn't seem to have any connection with this Manchester-based Duckworth & Co, another beverage company (alcohol ? soft drink ?) also producing "Football Punch"... but far less classy label, I admit... yet wearing old Manchester FC (rugby) and Lancashire colours! (no date, possibly 30s? 40s? 50s? any hint ?)
"Refreshing, Delicious and Restorative" for the first drink... a "splendid winter drink" for the other bottle... Make up your choice!
(private messages : Hi to Lorenzo in Manchester and to JC Pain in Tarbes, if they read me...)