Mayflower Donuts Front Cover, San Francisco and New York World's Fairs, 1939
Doughnuts and coffee are one of the world's great food pairings and this menu is from the famous Mayflower Donuts chain of shops. Established in
As you ramble on thru Life, Brother, Whatever be your Goal,
Keep your Eye upon the Doughnut And not upon the Hole.
Sally Levitt Steinberg, granddaughter of the founder, recalls: "My grandfather found this motto, the Optimist's Creed, as it is called, inside a cheap picture frame he happened to buy in a dime store. He adopted it as his philosophy of life. The phrase became so popular that Franklin D Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover, campaigning in 1932 during The Depression, worked the phrase into their campaign speeches – and also ate Mayflower Donuts. For decades, Mayflower donuts were so popular there were constant lines outside the shops with people waiting eagerly for plump, brown and sugary doughnuts to emerge hot from the machines. Sadly, the chain closed in the 1970s.This menu dates from 1939 and celebrates the San Francisco and New York World's Fairs with the slogan: "The Bite of the Nation from Fair to Fair".
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Cool Culinaria Ultimate Giclee Prints on 300-315 GSM archival art paper. 11oz ceramic mugs. All printed in USA.
Each print is accompanied by a copy of the interior menu