This witty and imaginative menu from the Stardust Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, advertising a restaurant called The Plantation Kitchen, is from the 1960s. It shows a Southern gent and his lady, both made entirely from vegetables and fruit. He has a nine-pack of carrots, an artichoke beard and arms made out of eggplants. Her hair is made from grapes and plums, she has a décolletage of oranges and grapefruit and a skirt made of melons. The menu cover was one of four specially commissioned from celebrated Spanish artist Vicente Viudes (1916-1984).
The Plantation Kitchen served breakfast and lunch to weary gamblers who had been up all night at the tables.
The Stardust was one of Sin City's most famous landmarks, with 1,552 rooms and a vast entertainment complex. Its famous neon sign was visible from 60 miles away. After a 48-year run, the Stardust closed and customers and staff vacated the building in style by leaving in a conga line. In 2007, the Stardust Resort was imploded in a controlled explosion, to the accompaniment of fireworks.
Courtesy University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Libraries Collections.