new york public library digital gallery : menu collection

longchamps
longchamps

The New York Public Library's Digital Gallery is a massive, free archival resource. Scanned documents, files, maps, books, manuscripts, photos and my recent discovery, historic menus. The Kitchn put me onto this section of the gallery -- beautiful and withered menus that are excellent inspiration and design reference points. They also make for interesting historical records from  restaurants, cruise ships, international hotels and private residences in the 19th and early 20th centuries. There could be a great gift in this as well since the NYPL sells prints of all archive images in a range of sizes -- they even offer framing.

Above and directly following, the menu from the Longchamps Hotel in New York City, 1938.

longchamps-inside
longchamps-inside
astor-house
astor-house

Astor House, New York, 1854.

standish
standish

The Standish, Worcester, MA, 1908.

oriental-hotel
oriental-hotel

Oriental Hotel, Bangkok, 1907.

stcharles
stcharles

New Year's Dinner, St. Charles Hotel, New Orleans, LA, 1908.

All images courtesy of the NYPL Digital Library.