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Harley J. Spiller collection
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Harley J. Spiller collection

  • CA UTSC 006
  • Collection
  • 1893, 1896, 1910-2014

The collection comprises menus from around the world featuring a variety of cuisines including Afghan, American, Argentinian, Armenian, Asian, Bangladeshi, Brazilian, Burmese, Cambodian, Caribbean, Chinese (Peking, Szechuan, Shanghai, Yunnan, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hunan and Jiangnan), Colombian, Cuban, Dutch, Ecuadorian, Egyptian, European, Filipino, Finnish, French, Hong Kong style, Indian, Indochinese, Indonesian, Islamic, Israeli, Italian, Jamaican, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Latin American, Lebanese, Malaysian, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Mongolian, Moroccan, Mughlai, Nepalese, Pakistani, Pan-Asian, Peruvian, Russian, Scandinavian, Singaporean, Southwestern, Spanish, Taiwanese, Thai, Tibetan, Turkish, Venezuelan, Vietnamese, seafood and vegetarian.

Menus are from restaurants located in Kenya, Morocco, South Africa, China (Beijing, Hangzhou and Shanghai), Egypt, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Tibet, Turkey, Vietnam, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Wales, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados Bermuda, Canada (British Columbia, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan and Yukon Territory), Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, El Salvador, Greenland, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, the United States (Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming), Australia, New Caledonia (France) New Zealand, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Peru and Venezuela.

Menus types included placemat menus, single sheet menus, trifold and four fold menus, five fold, seven fold and menus in booklet style. Some menus are laminated while others are in vinyl enclosures. Menus range from take away and delivery, to eat in and include wine lists, menus for cafes, breakfast menus and menus for cafeteria lunches.

The material is divided into Series 1 Menus. The series is divided into 6 subseries: Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania and South America.

Spiller, Harley J.

O-Mei

Menu has blank fields for prices, but no prices filled in. Restaurant addess: Av. Javier Prado Este, Lima, Peru.

Menus from Peru

File contains trifold, booklet style and single sheet menus. Menus are from Lima. Menus feature Chinese (Cantonese, Beijing and Szechuan), Vietnamese and Thai cuisine.

Victor Lim's

Back cover of menu has address fields, "stamp" template, and space "for message," for menu to be folded and mailed.

Blue Ship, The

Menu cover has brief description of the construction history of Boston Harbor, and a print of an engraving of the harbour with British Ships landing in 1768. Menu notes music by pianist Russell Blake Howe. Menu advertises to customers to read "The Silent Traveler" by Chiang Yee. Menu does not have prices listed.

Blue Ship, The

Menu cover has brief description of the construction history of Boston Harbor, and a print of an engraving of the harbour with British Ships landing in 1768. Menu notes music by pianist Russell Blake Howe. Menu advertises to customers to read "The Silent Traveler" by Chiang Yee. Menu does not have prices listed.

Menus from the United States - New York - Queens county (T-Z)

File contains trifold, four fold and placemat type menus. Menus are from Flushing, Woodside, Garden Hills, Fresh Meadows, Sunnyside, Jackson Heights, Ridgewood, Elmhurst and Maspeth. Menus feature Chinese (Szechuan, Shanghai, Cantonese and Hunan), Mexican, Vietnamese, Indian, Thai, Malaysian, Burmese, Italian and seafood cuisine. Menus in this file are stained.

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