Charles Baum, Barbara McMahon and Eugen Beer
New York, NY
The amazing images that you see on our website come from vintage menus and classic restaurant signage that Cool Culinaria has rescued from the fate of languishing in storage or held in vast institutional and private collections for too long. Cool Culinaria’s mission is to bring the vintage art of dining out back to life.
Our collection of menus from all over the world date from the late 19th century through the 1970s. Our favorite period is from the years 1930–1960 and the venues are mostly located in the Americas. This was a boom time when independent restaurateurs were positively buccaneering in the way they marketed their restaurants and themselves. It was a time when fish smoked pipes and cigars. Prawns and cockroaches wore top hats and spats. Voluptuous brunettes sat astride lobsters and devil like women drained their cocktail glasses in New York bars. Proprietors hired celebrated artists and highly talented illustrators to create stunning imagery that expressed both the personality of the owner as well as the character of the establishment.