Dublin Airport Restaurant, 1953
This is a lovely menu from the early days of Dublin Airport. Opened in 1940, the airport saw limited use until the end of the second world war, after which point its traffic grew and grew, with the first transatlantic flights starting in 1958.
The whimsical aeronautically-themed illustrations on this menu depict planes from every era of flight, from rickety biplanes through to a futuristic-looking “flying wing”. Of particular note are two aircraft: one with the designation EI-ABI, which depicts Irish national carrier Aer Lingus’s first aircraft, a De Havilland Dragon; and the other designated EI-AFA, a Douglas DC-3, in use since 1948.
The menu seems suited for the well-to-do folks who would have been flying in 1953. Although we are equal parts curious and alarmed as to what a dessert called “Omelette Surprise” might be…
Courtesy Private Collection.
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