|Jump to full article: The Gothamist [Blog], 2012-02-27|
Author: Garth Johnston
For almost a year now the New York Public Library has been in the process of digitizing its menus (with the help of YOU) and one of the benefits of all that work is you can now search for terms found in many of the menus. As of this morning, cigarettes appear on 402 menus in the collection, first appearing in an 1884 menu and making their last appearance on a 1987 menu (not all of those are restaurant menus though--menus from cruise ships, trains and formal events are in the mix too). And considering the size of the archive, that is just the beginning. . . .
And who could turn down the annual American Medical Editors' Association dinner of 1908 when cigars and cigarettes were proudly offered with the dessert options.
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