Title page from a vintage cook book. Via Flickr.
Work by Tank Design.
From the Buttolph Collection of menus at the NYPL.
Menu cover from the 6th annual banquet held by the Confederat Veteran Camp of NY at the St.Denis Hotel in NY, 1896. Via the Buttolph Collection at the NYPL.
Menu from the annual banquet in honor of the Democratic congressmen elect in NY. Held by the Business Men’s Democratic Association of New York. Printed int 1899. Via the Buttolph Collection at the NYPL.
The back of the menu has a monogram on it. See it inside the post.
1883 Menu aboard a Mail Steamship traveling from Santiago to Cienfuegos. Via the Buttolph collection of menus online at the NYPL. The exterior is so exquisite, but then you look inside and the dishes are doodled in by what I assume were some very board members of the wait staff..
See the doodles inside the menu- Read on!
Helms Workshop is a phenomenal design studio in Austin. I’ve seen their work sprinkled around but never found the source. This particular brand they created made me oo and ahh like a little girl who just saw Cinderella’s castle for the first time. I love it so much! It’s vintage heaven.
I thought it was interesting to see the evolution of design through the Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Banquet menus. The typography and supporting illustration gradually becomes more complex in a span of only 7 years. Just looking at the 1881 menu next to the 1887 menu, they look like there from two completely different eras.
So today I’ve been digging through the digital archives of the New York Public Library. It took me a few hours just to get through the menus of the 1800s! I had no idea they had such a massive collection online. I found about 40 out of roughly a couple of thousand, so there will be a few posts sprinkled over time.