Came across this little gem of time-yellowed archival material from 1939 at work today, replicated for your reading pleasure below. It’s completely irrelevant to what the work project will ultimately be about but made for some fun reading. I wish I had seen it three years ago for wedding menu inspiration, although I guess if this kind of stuff was still en vogue The Knot would have yet another “to do” (“Write menu poetry liberally speckled with puns and wit and have your calligrapher sketch it on onionskin sheets that white doves will carry in their bedazzled beaks to each and every rehearsal dinner guest! If you want!”) to add to their “Panic Inducing List of Half a Billion Things That We Try to Make Brides Think They Need to Do to Prepare for Their Weddings or ELSE.”
No matter. I’ve got at least three friends in my back pocket that would appreciate having this style of printed menu when they come over for dinner. Ok, two friends. Ok, one friend, and my husband. And the friend is my sister. Also, we won’t be having anything on the menu because it took me so long to make it that we’re eating dry spaghetti and a can of beans from the cabinet.
FIRST ANNUAL SPORTS DAY AND BANQUET
STOWE COUNTRY CLUB
June 3, 1939
CELERY — OLIVES
“Think as you munch how hunters tense and grim
Risked everything, risked life, risked limb
To lure the savage olives from their lair
That we might have them on our bill of fare!”
-R. Daughters, B. ED.
“How when I stare upon this small red sea
My thoughts sing me this lyric litany:
How exquisite, ineffable, how super-luscious,
How lovely looks m’lady when she blushes!”
-D. Taylor Coleridge, A.B.
BONELESS SIRLOIN STEAK
“This of resistance should be the very piece,
One half a pound, no less, immune from grease.
And though we land that fine philosophy:
That in short measure life may perfect be,
Ah, Wilcox! mark you, let there not appear
The faintest vestige of short measure here!”
-E. Dooley & Com., OGPU
“Hats off to him with ringing rhyme
Who raised the spud to heights sublime
Who gave the lowly pomme-de-terre
A fluffy, creamy, regal air.
Greater than Ickes or Jim Farley
He was a real animal rationale.”
-Shea & Labouvie, FAC.
ASPARAGUS AND PEAS
“Dutchmen like their fragrant cheese,
Their foamy beer and skittles.
Lawyers dote on fatted fees
And quick acquittals.
But asparagus and native peas
Are my fondest victuals.”
-E. Solemando, A.B.
HOT ROLLS — GREEN SALAD
ICE CREAM — CAKES — COFFEE
“Ice Cream! Did I hear you say?
Then let the horses have their hay,
But tie me, lash me e’re I swoon
To a deep-grooved large-sized spoon!”
-E. Krohn and M. Mahaney, B.S.
“Join in the dancing if you’re able
To leave your plates at the table.”
AWARDS AND LUCRATIVE DOOR PRIZES
**TOWELS FREE, MUSTACHES EXTRA**