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A 1950s Latin Quarter Menu and "Swiped" Art

This 1950s menu, featuring a scantily-clad waitress who sends her tray flying, was used in the legendary New York nightclub The Latin Quarter. According to a credit on the cover, the illustration was by Vani Cola but try as we might, Cool Culinaria could not find any information about this artist. Then, after our company was featured in The New York Times in October, we received this email from John Raglin, a professor at Indiana University. It read: “I was intrigued by the klutzy French maid because she was originally painted by an artist I am writing a book about. His name was Enoch Bolles and the image first appeared on the cover of Film Fun magazine that was published...

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Latest Additions: Alamo Plaza, Shrimp in Shorts and Marine Bar

Three great new 'creatures' have been added to the always expanding Cool Culinaria collection. A gun-totin' cockerel from Chattanooga's Alamo Plaza; a five-handed 'shrimp in shorts' from a St Regis Restaurant in New Orleans and a fantastic fish from Santa Catalina's Marine Bar. All fantastic examples of great illustration and timeless design. Alamo Plaza Shrimp in Shorts Marine Bar

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A Star From Our Cocktail Collection: The Piccadilly Hotel, London

One of our favorite cocktail menus because of the clarity of the design – the graphics are wonderful and we love the clever illustration of the glass with the cherry at the bottom. The Piccadilly Hotel was built in London in 1908 and was one of the capital city’s most luxurious places to stay. There were 300 bedrooms, several top-class restaurants and Masonic Temples in the basement. Staff drew water from the property’s own well so guests did not have to drink from the city’s then-questionable public water supply. By the time a guest of the hotel could sip a Piccadilly Cocktail from this 1950s list, there were no concerns regarding the quality of the ice in one’s glass. The...

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