The Menu: A Brief History

Early in President Roosevelt’s first term, he held a state dinner for Prince Henry of Prussia. To highlight the different, younger tone, of his administration, President Roosevelt offered his guests champagne compliments of George Kessler, considered to be the “Champagne King” of the early 20th century. In addition to the champagne, Mr. Kessler partnered with two stationers – Dempsey & Carroll and Tiffany & Co. to produce brightly colored, finely detailed menus for this special dinner.
The images below picture the menus produced by Dempsey & Carroll for this occasion.
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Images courtesy of: Henry Voight, The American Menu

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