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Vintage German menus from a Norddeutscher Lloyd cruise

Our last vintage menus post proved popular – and most of the examples that we featured in it prior to listing in the web shop have now sold.

Vintage German menus from a Norddeutscher Lloyd cruise

We thought we’d share some more of our collection over the coming weeks…

Details from vintage German menus from Norddeutscher Lloyd cruise

…starting with this collection of cruise ship menus dating from the late 1960s.

Details from vintage German menus from Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen cruise

They were produced for the German company, Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen.

Vintage menu illustration details from a Norddeutscher Lloyd cruise

We like the combination of stark pen & ink drawing with bold, partial colouring. They’re very distinctive – the artist’s signature looks like Geißler, but we can’t seem to find any mention of him anywhere on the internet. Can anyone out there shed some light?

Vintage menu with cover illustration of men playing bowls in a park Vintage menu with cover illustration of suns

Vintage menu with cover illustration of birds Vintage menu with cover illustration of fish

This particular set would look fabulous with simple black frames against a large expanse of white wall. The vibrant colours would really leap out and draw you in to take a closer look.

Forthcoming Attractions: Mid-February 2016

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various vintage homewares from H is for Home

Here’s a selection of various vintage homewares heading to an H is for Home store near you soon!

Vintage Worcester Ware fish place mats | H is for Home

We’ll start with the gorgeous Worcester Ware fish place mats dating from the 1960s. This pattern is getting harder & harder to find – and from our point of view, harder & harder to let go. The design and colours are just gorgeous.

Vintage menus from a Royal Viking Star cruise in 1975

And talking of gorgeous design & colour, we’ve also got some vintage cruise menus that we’re going to put in the web shop. We dedicated a whole post to these last week so click on the link for more details.

Large vintage desk globe with set of vintage Royal Viking Star cruise menus

This globe dates from the 1960s era and has a vintage industrial quality with the bronze coloured metal base. It also has a textured surface showing mountain relief. It was produced in the USA by Replogle Globes Inc. A lovely example!

Antique copper jug

Onto a couple of much older items now – 18th or 19th century old in the case of this antique copper jug. We love it – the colour, the patina, the gorgeous big handle!

Vintage Jeyes Fluid mirror

And finally this very sweet little mirror which advertises Jeyes Fluid. It’s the perfect vintage touch for a laundry area or bathroom.

Bookmarks: Menu Design in America

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'Menu Design In America' book with collection of vintage menus | H is for Home

We have a really fabulous book for today’s Bookmarks post.

front page from 'Menu Design in America' book

page from 'Menu Design in America'

It’s Menu Design in America, 1850-1985 by Steven Heller & John Mariani and edited by Jim Heimann.

'Ale Ale Kai' Tiki-style menu

The Blackhawk and Club Ballyhoo menus

The book charts the history of menu design in America in the 19th & 20th centuries.

Bond Fifth Avenue Flight Deck menu

Billy Rose's Casa Manana menu

The menus featured inevitably incorporate the evolution & development of food.

The French Casino Theatre menu

page from 'Menu Design in America'

But they also draw in American and social history, politics, immigration, civil rights, prohibition, social taboos & norms for various eras – some of which can be eye openers.

Hotel Sahara, Las Vegas 'Congo Room' menu

Adams-Sheetz Drive-in menu

Fans of graphic design, illustration and typography will also be in heaven!

page from 'Menu Design in America' page from 'Menu Design in America'

El Rancho Vegas menu

There’s a broad subject overview at the start of the book, followed by further insightful captions on each page.

page from 'Menu Design in America'

Empire Dinner menu

page from Menu Design in America

They add details for specific venues or menus – artists/designers, who owned/frequented an establishment, its popularity, dates, details about the food – chefs, new introductions, where items may have been sourced etc.

Fountain Room menu

page from Menu Design in America'

In some cases, there are accompanying photographs of the actual restaurant locations, buildings, interiors and the diners themselves.

page from 'Menu Design in America'

page from 'Menu Design in America'

The menus are the real stars of this book, of course. There are nearly 400 pages crammed full of fabulous examples. Both the stunning covers and their menu contents will give hours of visual pleasure.

page from 'Menu Design in America'

page from 'Menu Design in America' page from 'Menu Design in America'

We’ve included lots of images for this post, but even this is only a small portion of those contained within the book.

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Howard Johnson's 'delicious food' menu

Art Nouveau to Art Deco, Jazz age to Space age – it’s all in here!

John's Island Cafe menu

Kon-Tiki menu

The menus are sourced from hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, diners, steamships, cruise ships, trains & planes.

'Tropicana' menu

'Mario's Pizza House' menu

We know one thing though – after browsing this book for an hour we were starving!

page from "Menu Design in America'

'mixed drinks' menu

Some of the menus had up to a hundred items from which to choose.

page from 'Menu Design in America'

page from 'Menu Design in America'

There are familiar dishes such as steaks & burgers (done in a myriad of different ways, of course).

Orbit Dining Room Coffee Shop menu

Well of the Sea menu designed by Richard Koppe

Others have choices that were new to us – ‘stewed terrapin with hominy’, ‘fried smelts with figaro sauce’, ‘calf’s head en tortue’.

page from 'Menu Design in America'

page from "Menu Design in America'

There are enjoyable aspects to take from all the menus – our favourites in terms of design & artwork are those dating from the 1930s and the 1950s. There’s a few in this book we’d love to add to our collection.

page from 'Menu Design in America'

page from 'Menu Design in America'

We started acquiring vintage menus some time ago. In fact, we’ve blogged about the subject before.

Sea Cave menu

page from 'Menu Design in America'

We love both the artwork and browsing the dishes on offer. They can be stored in a folder, but also look great framed – and as you can see from the wonderful examples in this book, the designs can be just stunning.

Stan's menu

Subway Cafe 507 menu

So we were sold even before opening a page, but if you are a newcomer to the subject, this book can be enjoyed as pure eye candy or will provide a fascinating insight into the history of a nation through its culinary culture.

Supper Hotel Pennsylvania menu

page from 'Menu Design in America'

Mouth-watering stuff – we can highly recommend it!

Town and Country menu

page from 'Menu Design in America'

Menu Design in America, 1850-1985 is also available from Hive and Amazon.

page from 'Menu Design in America'

page from 'Menu Design in America'

[Many thanks to Taschen for supplying this review copy]

On the menu

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Detail of a vintage menu showing bottles and drinking glasses

 We’ve mentioned our ever-expanding collection of vintage cookery books in previous blog posts.

1960s BOAC drinks menu 1960s BOAC drinks menu

detail from 1960s BOAC drinks menu

An offshoot of this collection consists of a number vintage menus.

1950s Porterhouse steakhouse menu from our collection of vintage menus

detail of 1950s Porterhouse menu

menu items from the 1950 Porterhouse menu

detail of 1950s Porterhouse menu cover

It’s interesting to peruse the dishes on offer… in fact, it’s made us feel quite hungry writing this post.

detail of KLM menu illustration by Otto Dicke depicting a girl in traditional Dutch costume

KLM menu illustration by Otto Dicke depicting girls in traditional Dutch costume KLM menu illustration by Otto Dicke depicting a girl in traditional Dutch costume

KLM in-flight menu items

However, it’s the period graphics, fonts & illustrations that we really look out for.

1960s Polish Ocean Lines menu

detail from 1960s Polish Ocean Lines menu cover

menu items on the Polish Ocean Lines dinner menu

detail from 1960s Polish Ocean Lines menu cover

Some of the artwork is stunning – and the menus themselves are very frameable.

1960s/70 Trattoria menu

selection of dishes from 1960s/70 Trattoria menu

detail from 1960s/70s trattoria menu

We have menus from restaurants, bars, airlines and cruise ships.

1950s/60s KLM trans-Atlantic menu

flight plan on 1950s/60s KLM trans-Atlantic menu

detail from 1950s/60s KLM menu cover

Due to their ephemeral nature, interesting examples are often quite hard to get hold of.

1960s Trans-World Airlines London flight menu

detail from Trans-World Airways London flight menu

…but we enjoy the hunt!