The Art of the Menu

The Cranbrook Archives has recently added more menus to The Henry Scripps Booth Collection of Menus in our digital image database, thanks to the efforts of Wayne State University graduate student, Leilani Ward. The menus cover 1926-1984, and were collected by Henry and his wife Carolyn during their travels in the U.S. and abroad. Menus were selected for digitization for their art or design work, and for local interest as well.

Several Detroit icons are represented including the Book Cadillac Hotel, Stouffer’s, the Hotel Statler and J.L. Hudson.





1934 Hotel Statler dinner menu

Other menu covers reflect the art of their era, or the luxuriousness of travel, aboard steamship or railroad.




Queen elizabeth

1952 breakfast menu from R.M.S. Queen Elizabeth

And others are just fun to look at …


1926 Paris, France

More menus will be added as time and staff permit, but in the meantime, please take a look at these gems from the past.

— Cheri Gay,  Archivist


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