I've saved my cards over the years, most no one but I will ever see. I also tucked away the menu cards from my wedding (we had a few upright on each table on stock which matched the invitations), from the weddings and events of my closest friends, and any important great meals otherwise. I have never bothered arrange them. just nipped them all away in a big box. Then I got to thinking how I loved the collection and how these might be a lovely thing to collect and frame, especially if one lives the Hostess dream day in and out, like yours truly.
I plan to start straight away and create a non-central wall of historic menu cards. Because you see, they bear witness to history, do they not?
One chronicled the meal served to a British Queen by a Texan in the White House.
Official menu card, White House, 1962
Some will cause you to wonder about the signatures and why at some of the guests scribbled their names on the opposite side of the card. Who were they? Or what would they become?
They would be present as future kings were welcomed to Leeds and everywhere else at one time or another...
They would be beautiful works of art all their own.
They would chronicle meals survived by vessels traveling bravely in the second great war.
Christmas Day Menu, HMS Krestle, 1944, Sea History UK
What story will they tell about you and I and this age we live through together, I wonder?