These cards feature an Art Deco image of lavishly costumed courtiers bringing a Christmas Feast to the table, created for a 1931 menu for The Mayflower - also available as a print.
The cards are A5-sized (21x15cm), printed on luxurious 'Vellum' paper-cotton-mix card, and include the bill of fare from the original menu inside the card.
Each pack includes cards and envelopes. Printed in the UK.
Because of Prohibition, no alcohol was on sale and the sweet cider mentioned in the menu was apple juice. Coffee and tea were the other drinks on offer.
Though the Great Depression (1929 – 39) was tightening its grip on the United States, there were still many restaurants that catered to fine dining and The Mayflower – named after the ship that transported the first English Pilgrims from Plymouth to the New World in 1620 – was one of them.
This was a seven-course menu for $3 per person and some of the dishes were still called by their French names.
We have not yet been able to identify exactly where this menu came from – there were several Mayflower restaurants during this era.