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  • Introducing the Lou Greenstein Collection

    Lou Greenstein Lou Greenstein’s passion for collecting menus goes back to his childhood in Massachusetts when his dad took the family to dinner in a different restaurant every Sunday. “We weren’t a rich family by any means but it was our weekly treat and sometimes my Dad would drive us for an hour or more to go to a particular place,” he remembers. Fast forward more than 50 years and Lou now has one of the best vintage menu collections in America, numbering 10,000 items. He started with menus saved on those family outings and has added to his collection...

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  • The Herbert Beazley Vintage Maritime Menu Collection

    Herbert & Norma Beazley This collection of cruise ship menu prints is courtesy of the Estate of Herbert Beazley, a lawyer and an avid collector of maritime memorabilia. Born in 1932, Herbert would accompany his father to the docks in his home town of Houston, Texas, to watch cargo ships loading and unloading their goods. In 1948, when Herbert was a teenager, he persuaded his parents to allow him to take a trip on one of those cargo ships to Cuba. “There was a strike at the port and he had to stay in Havana much longer than planned, but...

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  • Happy Birthday JFK and Wow Marilyn Monroe

      May 29th, would have been President John F. Kennedy's 97th birthday. However, his 45th birthday celebration is the one most noted by historians and remembered by gossips. His 45th was celebrated on May 19th, 1962, in New York City, 10 days prior to his actual birthday. This was the grand party at Madison Square Garden that was attended by 17,000 democratic loyalists, many of JFK's closest celebrity pals, and the power elite. After much anticipation, amidst hushed silence and shimmering in the heat of a spotlight, the Commander in Chief's alleged paramour, Marilyn Monroe, appeared in a skin tight...

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  • Introducing The Henry Voigt Collection

    Carefully curated artwork from one of the most important vintage menu collections in America.  Available for the first time as archival prints Henry Voigt began collecting vintage menus and other dining ephemera two decades ago and has amassed, according to Gastronomica magazine, “one of the most significant private collections” in the USA. He is probably the country’s foremost authority on The American Menu. For the first time, he is making part of his amazing collection available as archival prints and other items as part of Cool Culinaria’s mission to put vintage menu artwork before a new audience. Giclee prints of...

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  • A 1950s Latin Quarter Menu and "Swiped" Art

    This 1950s menu, featuring a scantily-clad waitress who sends her tray flying, was used in the legendary New York nightclub The Latin Quarter. According to a credit on the cover, the illustration was by Vani Cola but try as we might, Cool Culinaria could not find any information about this artist. Then, after our company was featured in The New York Times in October, we received this email from John Raglin, a professor at Indiana University. It read: “I was intrigued by the klutzy French maid because she was originally painted by an artist I am writing a book about....

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  • Welcoming Harley Spiller's Vintage Chinese Menu Collection To Cool Culinaria

    Harley Spiller Photo: Vincent Laforet/The New York Times He says he’s just a guy who collects stuff but Harley Spiller is being modest. He has a legendary collection of Chinese menus and, for the first time, is making many of them available to Cool Culinaria’s online gallery. Dating from 1910, these menus have striking graphics, colorful imagery and provide a fascinating record of how Chinese food became a staple of American cuisine. With vastly differing styles reflecting diverse eras, they have been given a modern twist and are reproduced on giclee prints, stretched canvases, mugs and greetings cards. An acknowledged...

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  • Scottish Bakery In Trouble Over 'Buckfast' Cronuts

    CRONUT copycats are sprouting up all over the world with horrible names like the Do-Kro, Crumb-Nut, Crobar and the Doughssant and, of course, they don’t taste half as good as Dominique Ansel’s fabulous – and unique - pastry. But a bakery in Scotland might well have committed the biggest sin of all….it’s being investigated for creating cronut knock-offs laced with an alcohol called Buckfast. Buckfast, for those of you who do not know, is a vile and extremely strong tonic wine much beloved of tramps and vagrants in this northern country. It was originally made by Benedictine monks at Buckfast...

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  • Is this the answer to why a ballerina was dancing in a champagne glass covered by a top hat?

    One of the latest additions to the Cool Culinaria collection is from the Hi Hat Cocktail Lounge Wine List. The bar was in the Ambassador Hotel in Washington D.C. and our cover comes from the 1930s: We posed this query in the product information: "We’re not quite sure why a ballerina is dancing in a champagne glass covered by a top hat..." and Susan Elin Zacharias came back to us with a very plausible explanation: "The ballerina, Anna Pavlova, performed at the Shubert-Belasco Theater, Washington DC. Since the theater was only 2 blocks away from The Ambassador Hotel, I have a...

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  • Night time on the City of New Orleans, changing cars in Memphis Tennessee...

    "Illinois Central, Monday morning rail... " We love being able to link Cool Culinaria's vintage menu art to music because it's all  part of America's amazing history. City of New Orleans is a double win for us. Some say it is the best train story ever written and it is one of our all-time favorite tracks. And then... we have a lovely menu cover from the railroad itself. Originally written by Steve Goodman around 1971, City of New Orleans was first a hit for Arlo Guthrie on his 1972 album Hobo's Lullaby and then Willie Nelson's version earned Goodman a...

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  • George Harrison's Tribute To Eric Clapton's Chocolate Addiction: Savoy Truffle (1968)

    One of the more intriguing and jazzy tracks on The Beatles White Album is George Harrison's Savoy Truffle. The title is taken from one of the chocolates contained within a box of Mackintosh's Good News, a popular gift back in 1960s Britain. Harrison penned the song as a good-natured tribute to his chocoholic friend Eric Clapton and got some of the lyrics from the inside lid of a box of Good News. "He's got this real sweet tooth and he'd just had his mouth worked on. His dentist said he was through with candy. So as a tribute I wrote,...

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