Miss Buttolph's Marvellous Menu Collection

The tale of a unique and largely unknown collection of 25,000 menus and the stories they reveal about the society of their time.

Just over 100 years ago, the mysterious Miss Frank A Buttolph offered to collect menus for the New York Public Library. By 1924, she had single-handedly amassed more than 25,000 of them from across America and Europe. So who was Miss Buttolph, and how did she manage to accumulate such a collection?

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20070112

The tale of a unique and largely unknown collection of 25,000 menus, and the stories they reveal about food, good nights out, eating habits, immigration, social mores, fashion, food crazes and more.

Just over 100 years ago, the mysterious Miss Frank A Buttolph made the New York Public Library an offer it couldn't refuse: she would collect menus and donate them to the Library. Her appetite for collecting was astonishing. By 1924, she had single-handedly gathered more than 25,000 menus - not only from New York, but from across America and Europe.

So who was Miss Buttolph, and how did she manage to amass 25,000 menus?

20070624

The tale of a unique and largely unknown collection of 25,000 menus and the stories they reveal about the society of their time.

Just over 100 years ago, the mysterious Miss Frank A Buttolph offered to collect menus for the New York Public Library. By 1924, she had single-handedly amassed more than 25,000 of them from across America and Europe. So who was Miss Buttolph, and how did she manage to accumulate such a collection?