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A collection of over 10,000 menus, providing evidence of the manners, mores, and food
habits of earlier times.
Many menus include prints or half-tones of historic people and places. They may also
include featured speakers, detail organizational leadership, and provide biographical
sketches of the famous and infamous, including Theodore Roosevelt, Wilbur and Orville
Wright, and Oscar Hammerstein. They may dramatize historical events, such as a "luncheon
to the California Promotion Committee on the occasion of the resumption of the hotel
business in the burned district after the earthquake and fire on 18 April 1906"; the
opening of the first tunnels of the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad Company under the
Hudson River; and a dinner in honor of Louis Kossuth, the Hungarian patriot. Prohibition
era menus indicated the availability of spirits to their clientele by tucking a small
insert into the spine cord of the menu.
Also menus collected by Charles N. Pinco.
Also, menus collected by Ruth Wood Green from hotels and nightclubs in the 1940s.