"Vintage Menus That Are a Feast for the Eyes”
From the 19th century to the 1970s, restaurants had one surefire way of standing out. Smithsonian Magazine
We are rediscovering and reinventing a largely forgotten category of American art – vintage menu design. During the golden age of menu art - the decades through the 1930s to the 60s – menus were eccentric, eye-catching, funny and often, beautifully illustrated.
These illustrated menus were largely hidden from public view - until we came along. We find them, restore them (as ephemera, many are damaged and dirty) and bring them back to life. We enhance colors, for example, or group them into a collage representing a particular subject or era.
We print these wonderful evocations of America’s past - barometers of changing graphic design tastes, humor and eating habits - on archival paper and HD metal to hang as décor in kitchens and other rooms in the house. We also tweak them so they can be displayed on kitchen towels, coasters and other gift items.
This traditional American art form was in danger of being forgotten but is now available as a new and unique form of art to hang in homes and offices.
After four years living and exhibiting in New York, we recently moved to the West Coast, hence our first application to your shows. We have a wonderful collection of menu art prints dating back to 1813, with some exceptional pieces from California, that we would like to present along with our other prints from all over America and the world.
We are a husband and wife team – Eugen Beer and Barbara McMahon.