If you have a moment, I’d like to direct your attention to a touching article posted on The New York Times website. It features Norma Beazley and the story behind the numerous cruise ship menus that her late husband, Herbert, spent years giving to her.
Savoring a Bygone Splendor: The Maritime Menu
The Beazleys have generously donated hundreds of books and thousands of archival pieces at the start of 2012 and their contributions will eventually benefit other researchers and steamship ephemera enthusiasts around the world. To read more details about their donation, see this post by Jay Moore:
Library receives major donation of steamship ephemera
And finally, if you just can’t get enough menus after reading the NYT article, take a peek at a couple of previous blog posts by Rachel Berman. She discusses some of the menus from an artistic standpoint, and the best part is that she provides spectacular images of some of the covers.
A New Addition to the Library’s Collection!
Food for Thought Series: What a Menu Can Teach About Art