This unique, beautiful, and historical collection of menus was graciously donated on behalf of Mr. Hayden Mathews of Vero Beach, Florida and Stamford, Connecticut. Mr. Mathews began collecting menus when he was a young boy in the 1930s. There are over 300 items, spanning the 1920s through the 1940s, from hotels and inns, cruises and shipping lines, trains, planes, clubs, and commemorative events.
Some of the menus were collected during Mr. Mathews’ travels with his family, but as his relatives and parents' friends learned of his endeavor they enthusiastically contributed to the collection. Evidence of this can be found in a humorous letter from a great uncle who helped add to the collection.
Every effort was made to determine the date and geographical location of the menu. If the date of publication is unknown, the date of upload to the ScholarsArchive@JWU is noted. Please direct inquiries to the administrator of the ScholarsArchive@JWU.
Submissions from 1940
Casino de la Playa, Havana Cuba, Dinner and Wine Menu, July 27, 1940, Casino de la Playa
The Salad Bowl at Filene's Restaurant, Boston, January 9, 1940, Filene's Restaurant
Fraunces Tavern, New York, Luncheon Menu, April 3, 1940, Fraunces Tavern
Alexandra Restaurant, New York, Special Table d'Hote Dinners, August 20, 1940, Helen B. Smith, Marie H. Schultz
The John Wannamaker Restaurants, New York, Greenwich Village Location Menu, August 28, 1940, John Wannamaker Restaurants
Nassau Tavern, Princeton, New Jersey, Dinner Menu, April 9, 1940, Nassau Tavern, Geo. E. Boynton, Jr. Mgr.
Restaurant Antoine's, New Orleans, 1840-1940 Centennial Menu, Restaurant Antoine's, Roy L. Aciatore, Proprietor
The Down Town Club, July 9, 1940, Location Unknown, The Down Town Club
The Gourmet Society, Sazarac New Orleans Restaurant, Dinner Club Menu, February 5, 1940, The Gourmet Society, J. George Frederick, President
The Hearthstone, New York, Dinner Menu, December 18, 1940, The Hearthstone
Submissions from 1939
Keen's English Chophouse, New York, January 21, 1939, Keen's English Chophouse
Longchamps Restaurant, New York, November 23, 1939, Longchamps Restaurant
Submissions from 1936
The Gourmet Society, Hotel Pennsylvania, Dinner Club Menu, December 13, 1936, The Gourmet Society, J. George Frederick, President
Submissions from 1930
Matterhorn, Lunch Menu, August 1, 1930, Matterhorn
Submissions from 1927
Celia Brown's Delicious Sandwich Drive-In, New Jersey, 1927, Celia Brown's Delicious Sandwich Drive-In