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Exceptional collection of 86 ceremonial menus - Collected by New York City Polic - 1899. 
Mostly New York, 1899-1927. The menus and programs range in size from approximately 3? x 4.5? to 12.5? x 18.5?. Most are large and many are engraved. Most include color illustrations, photographs and photogravures. Many contain lists of attendees and sponsors. The front covers and inside pages are generally in very nice shape, a few have creases. All were previously mounted in a scrapbook so most rear covers have glue stains, scuffs, and/or paper remnants; a few have tears. (The paste/glue that was used to mount the items is water soluble, and time, effort, and care, I was able to remove paper remnants from two menus without damage.) Several of the menus were autographed by event attendees. This accumulation of menus and programs was collected by Richard E. Enright as souvenirs from scores of important dinners and celebrations. All of the pieces were specially printed for their events. Most of the dinners were elaborate affairs with a multitude of courses including appetizers (oyster were a favorite), fish or seafood (often lobster), beef, pork or lamb, poultry (usually chicken or duck), salad, fruit, cheese, deserts, wines (often several including champagne), coffee, and tobacco (cigars and cigarettes). Many were held at the Waldorf-Astoria, The Commodore, Hotel Astor, The Biltmore, The Plaza, Hofbrauhaus, and Delmonico?s. Several were held aboard naval vessels or commercial liners like the Adriatic and Majestic. Among the occasions were dinners and events for * Business and Society (Charles M. Schwab, John Wanamaker, Dr. Charles Fama, etc.); * Fraternal Organizations (B.P.O. Elks, Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, Hope Fishing Club, etc.); * Inventors (Thomas Edison, Sir Joseph Isherwood); * Law Enforcement and Fire Protection (Theodore Roosevelt, Rhinelander Waldo, John Kenlon, International Police Conference, etc.); * The Military (General Pershing, Marshall Foch, Marshal Joffre. etc.); * National Politicians and Statesmen (William Jennings Bryan, Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, David Lloyd George, etc.); * New York Politicians (Job E. Hedges, John F. Hylan, etc.); * Political Parties (National Democratic Convention, National Republican Club); * The Theater (Ned Harrigan Club, Lyres Club, William H. Crane); and * The closing of the Astor House Overall, this collection provides a fascinating and colorful window into early 20th century New York City society, politics, law enforcement, and eating habits.
[Bookseller: Read 'Em Again Books, ABAA]
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