|Paper place mat from the Tirolerland Inn, Jay, NY, 1953.|
|Excel tabletop menu printer, 1914.|
Here's the text from the display:
From the Delmarsh Inn, Inlet, NY
Gift of James Meneilly, Jr.
It was important for historic Adirondack eating establishments to provide new offerings as often as possible to remain competitive. This menu printer allowed chefs to "keep the breakfast, dinner and supper cards set up and make only the necessary changes from day to day." If chefs could not find the exact words necessary for a menu, they could order more at 7.5 cents per word from the maker of the menu printer, the Excel Manufacturing Company.
|In this word drawer you can see interesting menu items like "Tongue, Tripe, Truffle, Vanilla sauce, Vermicelli, Weakfish, Weiner, with Barley," etc. (This was behind glass, so I apologize for the blurry photo)|
|Steamboat ticket, 1896.|
|A turn-of-the-century postcard of Eight Lake (just outside town at Inlet, NY)|
According to the Town of Inlet's official website the Delmarsh Inn (owned by the Delmarsh family) was built in 1921. So, I'm guessing the year of 1914 given on the museum display card is the printing press' production date. I wonder if the inn purchased it second-hand. Turn-of-the-century visitors from the city would have been used to full-color lithograph restaurant menus, but I'm sure they could forgive the Delmarsh's simply printed menu. They were on a rustic Adirondack getaway, after all.
P.S. If you are interested in the design history of American menus, then check out Menu Design In America, by Heimann, Heller, and Mariani. It's a massive coffee table style book full of gorgeous photos of menus from the late 19th century to the mid 20th century.
|Zoe and Grandpa Jeff sitting in one of the museum's oversized Adirondack chairs, October, 2012.|