Silk Hat, Seattle, 1960s
In 1916 the water levels of Lake Washington, near Seattle, were lowered, thus creating more beach area in districts such as Kenmore. The result was an economic boom, with new eateries, nightclubs and speakeasies opening near the beach and the main highway to the area, Bothell Way.
The Silk Hat was one of these, and was famed for the quality of its blackberry pie - as this menu from the 1960s still boasts. Unfortunately we can't find out much more about the establishment.
The fine illustration for the Silk Hat's menu comes from Byron MacPherson, who was well-known as an illustrator of maps, some serious, and some more light-hearted, such as this delightful depiction of Seattle.
Courtesy Private Collection.
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