Collection featuring beautifully produced menu cards from the first half of the 20th century. It includes menus for special occasions, e.g. the a memorial of the Aviation Division 67/A 281, dated August 20, 1925, the Royal Dinner at Douai, France, on June 30, 1916, printed menu cards with guests handwritten onto the card for Étienne Clementel, former Minster of the French colonies, a printed illustrated announcement, and envelope, of the birth of the daughter Denise Louise on 4th of March, 1911 by Mr. and Mrs. Alexis Tumbeuf with additional envelope, addressed by hand and postmarked, and a printed menu card for a wedding, dated 16. March 1929, with floral chromolithograph at top.
Two menu cards feature original etchings, one by the architect and graphic designer Adolf Kunst (signed A. Kunst in pencil) for the Aviation Division, the other by painter, graphic designer and illustrator Herbert Bartholomäus (HB in plate, see Nagler "Monogramm-Lexikon, p. 312) for a generic menu card with intricate decorative framing.
Menus for cruises of the Hamburg-Amerika Linie, the Holland-America Line, and other German lines, cruises with the NS Community "Kraft durch Freude," blank menu cards distributed by various companies to their clients in the hotel and restaurant business, some with handwritten menus, a Hotel Adlon menu with an impressive embossed gilt Adlon logo, an exquisite menu card featuring the "paladin of the grail," a chromolithography with silver overprinting for the Liebig bouillon company. The Holland America Line features sepia toned lithographic reproductions of works by Dutch painters and the Hamburg South America Line Mediterranean motifs.
Menu cards for establishments w/o additional advertisements
1. Navigazione Generale Italiana, 23. October 1931 (color offset); 2. Frankfurter Hof Speisenfolge 1924, 1926, 1927, 1928 (5); 3. Königliche Tafel in Donai am 30. Juni 1916 Druck Bayer Kartenfelddruckerei A.O.K.S. (folded card, lithography); 4. Le Garde des Suauos, Minitsre de la Justice stamp, two printed menu cards with handwritten invites to Monsieurs Des Hayes and Clementel (2); 5. "Menu du 3 Novembre," printed in red and black on handmade paper; 6. Menu card of Hotel zum Schwan, Frankfurt, 1989, with lithographic color illustration; 7. Printed menu card of Hotel zur Rose, owner Paul Blanchart with color lithograph and gilt overprint on front, menu on verso, not used; 8. Color illustrated blank menu cards with "Journal des Demoiselles" address printed to corner, imprint van Geleyn, Paris (2); 9. Menu card with lithography by F. Appel with French historical motifs; 10. Three menu cards, one printed with gilt stamped logo of Hotel Adlon, Berlin, two with mimeographed text and decorative gilt and green stamped tops, Hotel Leinfelder, Munich, and Hotel Porta Nigra in Trier. (3); 11. Menu card with gilt-stamped Burgeff & Co. champagne company insignia, color lithograph illustration and handwritten note, printed at Mainz Offizin Ph. v. Zabern; 12. Two printed menu cards featuring maritime motifs in color lithography for Burgeff; versos blank (2); 13. Table card with color lithograph of rural motif, advertising for Kronthal table water.
Menu cards for establishments with additional advertisements on versos
1. Beautifully illustrated menu card with Grail motif in color as described above; 2. Joh. Gottl. Hauswaldt, Magdeburg, intricate color lithograph on front (Serie: Internationale Tänze Russland); 3. Table card with color lithography of Roman motif with gilt overprint, Rosbacher Brunnen, printed at Mainz Offizin Ph. V. Zabern; 4. Three variants of table cards, illustrated with rural motifs in color lithography, J. Aberle & Co. Litho Berlin & London, for bouillon "Ciblis" with humorous, promotional text printed to verso (3); 5. Menu card with color lithography for Maether & Co. Cacao, Berlin, with company advertising, including various award medals on verso; 6. Advertising for Kupferberg Gold champagne with color lithography of Roman motif, printed by Dumont Schauberg, with printed poem on verso; 7. Seven menu cards of the German company Liebig with color illustrations in lithography, four with gilt overprint, handwriting on front with six of them, one blank. Advertisements on verso include printed recipes (7); 8. Eight menu cards of the Suchard Cacao company with color lithographic, illustrated themes and printed company advertisements in French on verso; handwritten menus on covers (8); 9. "Kupferberg Gold" champagne menu cards with romantic motifs in chromolithography on front and company advertising printed in two colors on versos (7); 10. Phébus Champagne advertising printed in light brown with gray floral framing, text in French.
Overseas Cruise Line menus
1. Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen S.S. Europa, Wednesday, April 15th, 1936. Color lithograph with gilt overprint and string binding, stiff wraps with double page inside; 2. R.M.S. "Nieuw Amsterdam," S.S. Noordam Holland-America Line, folded menus from 11., 15. + 16. July, 1920. Sepia toned lithographic reproductions of artwork by Dutch painters (3); 3. Hamburg-Amerika Linie "Victoria Luise" 26. Januar, 1913, in two color lithograph; 4. Hamburg-Südamerikanische Dampfschiff-Gesellschaft menu cards illustrated with Mediterranean images at top and printed menus from May 1936, incl. one from 1931 (13); 5. Hamburg-Amerika Linie menus from 1928–1934 with decorative illustrations and gilt overprint on cover; folded with printed guest list and menu inside (12) ; 6. Hapag Hamburg-Amerika Linie folded breakfast menu in English and German, decorative design in chromolithography on cover and Hapag logo in blue and gilt on back.
Cruise Line menus for NS Community "Kraft durch Freude" with steamship "Der Deutsche"
1. Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen, Urlauberfahrten zur See, NS-Gemeinschaft "Kraft durch Freude" from 10. +12. Mai 1936. Illustrated with two color offset reproductions of views of the Bremen harbor and Swastika on cover. Menus printed on inside with daily program on one of the back covers, the other blank (2). 2. Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen, Urlauberfahrten zur See, NS-Gemeinschaft "Kraft durch Freude" from 13. + 15. May, 1936. Illustrated with color offset reproductions of views of the city of Bremen and gray swastika on covers. With information on the construction, respectively the history of the steamer "Der Deutsche" on inside covers, daily menus on opposing page, and the daily program on back cover (2); 3. Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen, Urlauberfahrten zur See, NS-Gemeinschaft "Kraft durch Freude" from 14 + 16. May 1936. Illustrated with color offset reproductions of ships and Swastika on cover. Technical details on inside left with menu on opposing page and daily program on back cover. Item #43814