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Bob Wilvers, Art Director and Illustrator.

January 28, 2011

Bob Wilvers was the art director for the Carl Ally agency in the early 1960’s

when he developed a campaign for Salada Tea. The commercial featured little old ladies

on large Harley-Davidson motorcycles and the tag line …..

”Who says that Salada Tea is for little old ladies?”  There’s a link to a poor copy of the original ad

here and another 3 amusing Salada Tea ads here.

In 1964, he became a founding partner and co-creative director at Jack Tinker & Partners,

with a client roster that included Coca-Cola, Gillette and Alka-Seltzer Plus.

He was an accomplished watercolor painter and illustrator whose work was featured in

several galleries and museums. Apparently Milwaukee based Wilvers was just 24

when he painted these.

Sadly there’s not a great deal of his work online. If anyone has any links to more of his beautiful

illustrations could they please let me know.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. ssarahlou permalink
    February 1, 2011 8:04 am

    Loved the biker ladies …… want 2 b like them when I grow up. The quality of expressions from the 1st tea man are superb. The 2nd looks like a Mr Man! ….were they his creation? Although his paintings here are not my taste….they are certainly v good. 24 huh….wow.

  2. terrykrall permalink
    March 10, 2011 9:22 pm

    I have a Bob Wilvers Watercolor earlier than these posted, most likely Milwaukee era, very hip almost a beat era flavor to it. His work is of that 50s time period which is also very hip today.

    • March 10, 2011 10:01 pm

      I’d love to see it, any chance you could post me a photograph of it, perhaps one that I could put on the blog ? Thanks for the news, great description too. His work is amazing.

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