Bill of Fare of Jackson’s Dining Rooms. Philadelphia: Samuel Loag, 1870s.
Menus were often collected as souvenirs by travelers, and their beauty, wholly unnecessary to their utilitarian purpose, certainly encouraged that practice. This menu for Jackson’s Dining Rooms in Philadelphia is illustrated with an elaborate scene featuring putti pouring wine and serving steaks, along with a wide variety of recently deceased game animals. A diner could not resist taking it away and saving it as a keepsake. Irresistible souvenir menus could also be found in the Pullman dining car, the elegant travel experience for over one hundred years until it ceased operations in 1968. On the front of the menu, the traveler is assured that “If you take this along, there will be nothing said about it.”