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Friday, May 23, 2008

Friday Show and Tell – Airline Menu

Show and Tell

Show and tell Friday is hosted by Kelli at There is No Place Like Home

Today's show-and-tell is a framed item I have in my kitchen near the stove.

Back in 1971 my sister and I took a non-stop American Airlines flight from New York to Los Angeles. In those days they gave these printed menus so the passengers could choose their entrees. And this was not first class, but just regular seats. Things have certainly changed a lot over the decades. Now we barely get a drink and a tiny bag of nuts.

I took it out of the frame to show the inside. I has used tape in places so it is not in mint condition, except for the front cover.

Does anyone else remember getting a menu on an airplane?

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ceekay said...

I don't remember a menu, but my mother flew for the first time around 1978. She struck up a conversation with the flight attendant and she gave my mom a set of the silverware they used. I still have it...a real fork, spoon and knife! That has got to be a collectible these days!! I love your menu and great idea to frame it!

Becki said...

What a fun thing to have saved and what a great idea to frame it and display it in your kitchen.

Hootin' Anni said...

What a treasure!! It's no doubt worth a LOT to someone who'd want this for their collection! Hang on to it!! It's a showpiece!!!!

[I stopped flying when in 2001 with the terrorist alert and we had to take our shoes off to go through the security scanner. LOL, I have sanitary issues....no shoes? No me!]

My Show n Tell is bone china cardinals this week. And especially a favorite...a cardinal music box.

The show n tell is following a set of photos of a tornado that ripped through where my nephew lives!!! I had to post those first since it's family!! So, scroll down.

Happy weekend, and for the Americans, have a safe holiday!

Hadias said...

y the time I started flying there were no menus. Just drinks and nuts. Thanks for sharing.Please, stop by and check out my S&T today.

Penless Thoughts said...

I don't recall getting a menu but certainly remember the full, nice meals!! How smart and clever of you to save and frame this as art. I'm sure it is a collectible. Any idea of the year?

Constance said...

I DO remember those days! Meine Mutti and I flew several times back to Germany (remember Pan Am?)and I we got menus, real dishes and silverware! We just got back from St Louis yesterday and I swear the snack bags have shrunk as the prices go higher!

LBP said...

How cool is that!

Thanks for sharing.


Timalee said...

This was a bit before my time, I had no idea that airlines had menus! How neat, thanks for sharing!

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

I can't imagine getting a menu on an airplane! Wow. I do remember getting a meal...goodness how things have changed! Hold on to that little gem :)


Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

This is so neat! I have a friend who framed menus from her honeymoon and a few other special mementos occasions. They hang in her kitchen and dining room. They make great pieces of art!

~Rhonda ;)

Mary said...


The American Airlines menu is highly collectible and what a treasure. Thank you for sharing.


Susie said...

What a great collectible item. I flew for the first time in 1967 on our honeymoon and don't remember a menu at all.
How wonderful that you have it displayed as it is truly a rarity.
Great show n tell :)

Lidian said...

What a great thing to have! I don't remember menus on airplanes, but once in the 1980s I had a meal on a plane with china and silverware and the food was really good and we weren't even in first class! I think it was Northwest Airlines.

That Mount Vernon Cherry Pie sounds really good to me, and I don't even like pie! :)

Anonymous said...

What a great memory. I live in Australia and when we fly overseas with Qantas you still get a menu and an entree choice and I always keep the menu and scrapbook them. They are fun and it brings back so many memories.

Mica Garbarino said...

thats a neat story and a tresure that you have kept and display as well. thaks for sharing that. hope to see you agin here... and thanks for the sweet comment to mine. take care, Mica

Muum said...

gosh, I haven't seen those before. the first time I flew o a commercial airline was headed off to college in 1974. Cool! thanks for sharing with us, and thanks for visiting my blog.

Betty said...

Very interesting. I have flown several times but don't remember ever seeing a menu.

Thanks for visiting me.

Melanie said...

Wow... how cool! I don't ever remember seeing menus like this on airplanes. Too bad we don't still get service like this today. :)

Grand Life said...

I don't remember menu's either but I didn't start flying alot until the 80's. We did fly non-rev for 14 years because 2 daughters worked for Delta. It was wonderful. We saw alot of changes over those years but it seems like they tripled after 9/11. Jet Blue is my airline of choice now adays. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a nice comment.

Linda said...

Very cool Show and Tell! I love travel souvenirs. BTW, we flew American R/T to San Diego a few weeks ago - just beverage service, no stinkin' peanuts or any other snack. Oh well. Thank you for your post on my S&T. Have a nice Memorial Day.

Scrabblequeen said...

Wow. I flew from L.A. to NewYork in 1971 to visit my grandfather. I was only 10 and don't remember the menu, but I DO remember they gave us hot, damp towels to clean and refresh ourselves with after the meal!

Eleanor said...

Yes, I do indeed. South African Airways had elegantly printed menus. Today you just have a hasty "Chicken or beef?" from the steward! Have a happy day. Eleanor

IRENE said...

This is quite unusual. You did so well to keep it!

Bonita said...

That is so cool! Yes, I remember the menus on airplanes back in the days when a meal was way more than a skimpy bag of pretzels! The good ole days for sure!