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Harley J. Spiller collection

  • CA UTSC 006
  • Collection
  • [1860s], 1893, 1896, 1904, 1910-2014

The collection is comprised of 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.

Souvenir objects

Subseries contains various souvenir objects from restaurants and special events.

Postcards and paper souvenirs

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

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

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.

Eight porcelain tableware items

Purchased from Shanghai Museum gift shop, includes note about provenance from Harley Spiller. Dishes and spoons have price stickers with Chinese writing on them. Includes:
2 raised condiment bowls
2 small blue and white condiment bowls
1 blue and white soup spoon
3 soup spoons with painted flowers

4 plastic menu holders

From the following:
Blue Girl The Premium Beer
Pink menu holder with two gold fish and Chinese character 福 (blessing) Fu (Pinyin)
Yellow menu holder in the shape of a temple with characters 潮州城 (Chiu Chow City, Cantonese) Chao Zhou Cheng (Pinyin)
Tsingtao Beer, in the shape of a fan

7 Chinese soup spoons

One blue willow pattern
2 yellow with flowers
1 bronze with dragon
2 flowered
1 from Susanna Foo restaurant with additional chopstick rest and spoon rest

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

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