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The Festive Past of New Year's Menus

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With approximately 45,000 menus dating from the 1840s to the present, The New York Public Library’s restaurant menu collection is one of the largest in the world, used by historians, chefs, novelists, and everyday food enthusiasts. Housed in the Rare Book Division, the menu collection originated through the energetic efforts of Miss Frank E. Buttolph (1850-1924), who, in 1900, began to collect menus on the Library's behalf. Miss Buttolph added more than 25,000 menus to the collection, before leaving the Library in 1924. The collection has continued to grow through additional gifts of graphic, gastronomic, topical, or sociological interest, especially but not exclusively New York-related. The collection now contains approximately 45,000 items.

 

In anticipation of 2018, we combed through the archives to find some of the most festive menus fêteing the new years of yore!

 

NYE Menu 1
Hotel Belleclaire 1907
Tam O'Shanters
Tam O'Shanter's 1949
Tam OShanters 2
Tam O'Shanter's 1949


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congress Hotel
Congress Hotel 1908
Rod's Ranch House
Rod's Ranch House 1972
Clegg Hotel
Clegg Hotel 1906
Clegg Hotel
Clegg Hotel 1906

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicago Beach Hotel
Chicago Beach Hotel 1901
1895
The Portland Hotel 1895
SS Manhattan
SS Manhattan 1937
SS Manhattan
SS Manhattan 1937
Hotel Gordon
Hotel Gordon 1901
The Hoffman House
The Hoffman House 1891
259 Bowery
259 Bowery 1901
259 Bowery
259 Bowery 1901

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Palm Beach Hotel
Palm Beach Hotel 1948
The Ambassador
The Ambassador 1922
The Ambassador
The Ambassador 1922

























 

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