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Pink Elephant (I Like Gin), The Cellar Bar, San Francisco’s Geary Theatre 1930s
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Pink Elephant (Gin), The Cellar Bar, San Francisco’s Geary Theatre 1930s


This charming vintage menu image plays on the phrase seeing pink elephants – the phrase used to describe someone who has had too much to drink. The phrase was first used to describe drunken hallucinations in the late 19th century and was particularly popular in the 40s.
This and other pink elephant images were used on napkins in The Cellar Bar in San Francisco’s Geary theatre. Described as the relaxation center for celebrities, the great American jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck played here at the start of his career in the 1950s.
A great example of the humor and whimsy of vintage menu artists.

Courtesy Private Collection.

Gallery quality Giclée print on natural white, matte, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks. Custom printed with border for matting and framing.

All printed in USA.

Each product is accompanied by a copy of the interior menu where available.