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Menu Historians

2008_07_menus.jpgChow has a fascinating "Obsessives" video up right now about menu historian Rebecca Federman and her library's 35,000 piece menu collection. She discusses the differences between menus in the early 1900s and menus now (more humor and graphics back then), the laminated menu era of the 70s, how farm sources have recently arrived on menus, and showcases all kinds of famous menus, from the bills of fare for the Lusitania to posh offerings of the Concorde jets. [Chow via Eater]