Print and Hang! Menus from the New York Public Library

The New York Public Library has a breathtakingly vast digital archive. You can browse botanicals, photographs, historic apartment floorplans, and (our favorite) old menus. It's addictive! And here's the best part: You can order prints, framed or unframed, or print them out yourself for free. We can so see a row of these whimsical menus in a kitchen.Most of the menus are from hotels and cruise lines and date back to the early-to-mid 1900s. Some have delicate illustrations and embellishments along the top; others are from special occasions, like a fraternity dinner or Valentine's Day.

We love looking at the food. There were a lot of consommes going on back then. One menu offers stewed terrapin (!); many list apple pie and prime rib.

If you choose to order a print from the NYPL, they start at $30 for a 10-inch print. You can get several sizes and can also order them framed.

• Visit the New York Public Library Digital Gallery. Search "menu" or look for the Buttolph collection of menus.

TOP ROW

• 1. Restaurant Longchamps in New York (You can also buy the inside view.)

• 2. Menu Du Dejeuner from the Baltimore Hotel

• 3. Ristorante Valiani in Siena, Italy

• 4. Hotel Du Musee in Waterloo, Belgium

• 5. Daily Menu aboard the R.M.S. Etruria from the Cunard Line

BOTTOM ROW

• 6. Ebbitt House in Washington, D.C.

• 7. Menu from the Hoffman House

• 8. Phi Delta Phi Fraternity dinner at the Marlborough Hotel

• 9. Russell House in Detroit, Michigan

• 10. Neil House Cafe in Columbus, Ohio- for Faith and Emma, who live there!

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