Friday, March 24, 2017

“Short Order Menus”

Not from Shirley May’s. It’s from a used-book store find:


[Linotype Keyboard Operation (Brooklyn: Mergenthaler Linotype Company, 1930). Click for a larger view.]

comments: 9

Daughter Number Three said...

I learned this meaning of "leaders" in 1983 when learning to use a Compugraphic EditWriter. Back when I used to RTFM.

Michael Leddy said...

1983: that feels like pre-everything now, doesn’t it?

Diane Schirf said...

I hope those prices are in cents.

Michael Leddy said...

Ha! I didn’t realize how much this menu, without ¢, resembles menus without $.

Diane Schirf said...

Curried chicken wings with rice seems pretty exotic. Cold cuts with potato salad seems awfully spendy.

Michael Leddy said...

I’m pretty sure that chicken curry was a pretty standard “ladies’” lunch option. It must have had only a slight resemblance to serious curry. The cold cuts must have had serious meat content to merit that price. Oh for a time machine.

Diane Schirf said...

But chicken wings! Almost like the precursor to Buffalo wings. :)

Michael Leddy said...

Here is a “business men’s luncheon” menu from 1910 with curried chicken wings. Among the other dishes: “Individual Pork and Beans.”

Diane Schirf said...

And everything is free!