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Menu for Plantation Kitchen at Stardust Hotel

Contributed by Stephen Coles on Dec 26th, 2015. Artwork published in
circa 1960
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    menus&CISOPTR=4962&DMX=0&DMY=0&DMWIDTH=1500&DMHEIGHT=1500&DMROTATE=0&DMSCALE=30
    Source: http://digital.library.unlv.edu Henri Bettoni Collection at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas University Library. License: All Rights Reserved.

    No date on menu. “Menu cover is a reproduction of one of four paintings by Vincent [i.e., Vicente] Viudes of Spain, commissioned especially for the Plantation Room.”

    A generally skillful use of two Hermann Zapf typefaces, Saphir and Palatino Italic with swash alternates, though some might object to setting the swashes in all caps.

    menus&CISOPTR=4963&DMX=0&DMY=0&DMWIDTH=3000&DMHEIGHT=2500&DMROTATE=0&DMSCALE=50
    Source: http://digital.library.unlv.edu Henri Bettoni Collection at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas University Library. License: All Rights Reserved.

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    3 Comments on “Menu for Plantation Kitchen at Stardust Hotel”

    1. Dec 28th, 2015  3:37 pm

      This is amazing.

    2. Logan Wagner says:
      Jun 14th, 2018  12:08 am

      Why was this a staff pick? I think the all cap italic-swoosh menu items are unsightly. Also, wouldn’t it have been better practice to borrow non-lining figures from another typeface instead of the full size ones? Also, also, there’s not a baseline grid. There’s a lot of issues.

    3. Jun 14th, 2018  12:51 pm

      Hi Logan, a staff pick is not to be misunderstood as some seal for all-around impeccable typography. It simply signifies that a staff member deemed this post noteworthy, or potentially more interesting than average. Stephen already commented on the objectionability of using all swash caps — those indeed are overkill. I don’t mind the numerals. On a menu, it’s not a bad thing if prices stand out a little. They’re shorter than the caps anyway. You have a point that the many lines could be calmed down a little by a better distribution of whitespace, be it via a grid or otherwise. Nevertheless I find this a fascinating menu, featuring two beautiful and seldomly seen typefaces.

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