Clementine Paddleford: Vintage Airline and Cruise Ship Menu Covers

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Food writer Clementine Paddleford traveled the world in search of recipes, which consisted of  trips by air and sea.  At times, it would be the maiden voyage of an airline or ship.  Just as previous blogs of the American and Global menu covers, these are beautiful works of art, many of them I wish I could frame!

Clem airlines Air France 1

This first one is a favorite!

Clem airlines Air France 2

Clem airlines Air France 3

Clem airlines Air France 4

Clem Air France American Press dinner menu

Clem airlines BOAC

B-O-A-C is British Overseas Airways Corporation, later to become British Airways

Clem airlines BOAC Monarch menu wine list

BOAC had their own wine list aboard!

Clem airlines Iberia

Clem airlines SwissAir double photo

Clem airlines SwissAir partial menu

This is the SWISSAIR menu to choose from!  What- no peanuts?

Clem airlines TWA covers

Clem Breman Line 1

Clem Breman Line 2

Clem Breman Line 3

Clem Breman Line 4

Clem Cunard Bon Voyage menu cover

Clem Cunard Menu 1

Clem Cunard Menu 4

Clem Cunard menu 3

Clem Cunard menu 5

Clem Cunard Menu 6

Clem French Line menu Versailles cover

Clem French Line ship cover

Clem Iberia airline menu with castle

Clem menu Swedish-American Line

Clem Panagra Airlines cover

Clem menu airline cover Thanksgiving

And last, here is my favorite airline menu.  It’s hard to believe how airlines used to go all out to serve the passengers good food.  This airline even served a special Thanksgiving dinner.  Look at the menu below!  Yes, this was long ago…

Clem menu airline cover Thanksgiving dinner menu


4 Responses to Clementine Paddleford: Vintage Airline and Cruise Ship Menu Covers

  1. October 25, 2013 at 7:44 am #

    Traveling back then seems to have been a much more civilized and enjoyable experience

  2. October 25, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

    Sometimes it is the little things that make such a big difference. That era of going the extra mile in the ‘little things’ to make an experience special has been lost. Looking at the menu covers is a good reminder of the ‘little things’ that can make a ‘big difference’ in a memorable moment. Thanks for sharing.

  3. May 18, 2018 at 11:09 pm #

    Cruise menu covers are the best. They have a different look & feel. In fact, I saw some Stitched Edge Menu Covers on a cruise & I really liked it. Anyways, thanks for the blog.

    • May 19, 2018 at 2:10 pm #

      Thanks for writing, Michael! The vintage restaurant, cruise, and airline menus are works of art. You’re right about those cruise ship ones, different and beautiful.

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