CORPORATIONS: The Baron of Beer

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At the turn of the century, the most famous painting in the U.S. was Custer's Last Fight, a huge canvas across which hordes of infuriated redskins hurled themselves at General George A. Custer and the last of his 7th Cavalry at Little Big Horn. The man who made the picture famous was a St. Louis brewer named Adolphus Busch,* co-founder of Anheuser-Busch and inventor of Budweiser beer. Reproduced on outdoor posters and hung in countless saloons, Custer's Last Fight became an amazingly successful advertisement. The company filled 1,000,000 requests for...

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