Old Grand-Dad

Perspective: Message in a Bottle

As a cocktails columnist and occasional bartender, Michael Dietsch often runs across old decanters and barware at flea markets near his home in Providence, R.I. But there’s one artifact he’s yet to encounter: “I’ve never seen a bust,” Dietsch says, referring to the kitschy piece of plaster handiwork that takes center stage in this 1962 ad for Old Grand-Dad.