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Harley J. Spiller collection
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Cruise menus

File contains:
-Four booklet style menus from Victoria Cruises
-A fan menu from the M.S. Tijluwah.
-M.S. Ruys Chinese Dinner menu printed on lace handkerchief, November 7, 1964.
-M.S. Leverkusen Chinese Special Dish menu from December 25th, 1936, the Hamburg-Amerika Linie

Airline menus

File contains booklet styles menus from various Airlines including United Airlines, Continental Airlines, Dragonair, Air China first class service, Royal Executive class Thai air, Continental Micronesia, Concorde Cellar JFK menu.

Imitation menus

File contains four fake Chinese food menus with offensive language, on 8x11" paper, some of which were faxed. Menus have fake addresses in New York or California. Also includes one Pratt career services menu in the form of a Chinese food menu.

Menus

The series 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, 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, five fold and seven fold menus 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 as well.

Menus from hotels, cruises and airlines are also included in this series.

The series is divided into 6 subseries: Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania and South America. The division is based on the 7-continent model, substituting Australia as a continent and replacing it with Oceania for greater geographical coverage.

Menus from the United States - California (1930s to 2000s)

Contains 21 menus:
Canton Low
Chef Chu's
Chef Chu's
Chef Jia's
China Camp
Ching How Menu
Fong Fong Tea Pavilion
Fong Wan's Club Shanghai
Fong Wan's Club Shanghai
Fong Wan's Club Shanghai
Forbidden City
Frank Fat's
Gang Sue's Tea Garden
Golden Dragon Restaurant
Golden Pavilion, The
House of Lee
Indo China
Kan's
Kan's
Kan's
Lions Den

Menus from the United States - New York (1930s to 2000s)

Contains 25 menus:
Au Mandarin Restaurant
Barbizon-Plaza
Chin's Red Dragon
China Doll
Chinese Village Restaurant
Cotton Club
Homers Oriental
Homers Oriental
Larchmont Yacht Club
Lee Chu's Restaurant
Lichee Tree
Lou Walters' Latin Quarter
Mandarin House in the Village
Massapequa Restaurant & Grill
Ming Tree Restaurant
Ming Dynasty
Mo Pitkin's Restaurant
Peking Duck House
Richard Mei's King Dragon
Russian Tea Room, The
Shanghai Royal
Shanghai Royal
Soo Lin
Sun Luck
Tao

Menus from Europe

File includes oversized menus from Rotenburg and Baden Baden in Germany. Menus feature Chinese and Thai cuisine.

Postcards and paper souvenirs

  • CA UTSC 006-2-3
  • Subseries
  • 1904, 1910-1913, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1936, [ca. 1937], [ca. 1940], 1944-1945, [ca. 1947], [ca. 1950], 1952, [ca. 1960], 1979, 1990, 2012
  • Part of Harley J. Spiller collection

Subseries contains postcard souvenirs from restaurants and other paper souvenirs, including photographs and cards.

Objects

  • CA UTSC 006-2
  • Series
  • n.d., [1860s], 1896, 1904, [ca. 1910], 1925, 1929, [1930s-1960s], 1979, 1981-2003, 2005, 2012
  • Part of Harley J. Spiller collection

Series includes objects related to food and various restaurant souvenirs collected by Harley Spiller. Types of objects include handmade artifacts and art or sculpture, matchbooks and matchboxes, postcards and other cards, promotional recipe booklets, image reprints from newspapers, various forms of restaurant and event souvenirs, various tableware, and toys and music related to Chinese food.

Various tea cups

Gala Manor Banquet Hall
Red Willow pattern, made by Walker China
Lotus Room, Denver, Colorado
Empire Szechuan Paradise (2 cups with handles)
Shotglass from Ollie's Savonara Party, 1998

Lacquer tiffin boxes

Black lacquer boxes with a floral painted pattern. Contains a note from Spiller with the following information: tiffin boxes were collected by a woman who attended the tiffin in honour of Chinese viceroy Li Hung Chung, possibly on the West coast. Tiffins contain dried coconut, watermelon seeds, and preserved bird's nest.

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