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Continental Hotel menu, Christmas 1883

Contributed by Stephen Coles on Dec 27th, 2016. Artwork published in
December 1883
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    Continental Hotel menu, Christmas 1883 1
    Source: http://digital.library.unlv.edu Henry J. Bohn Collection at the UNLV Libraries. License: All Rights Reserved.

    A frilly menu for a fancy 1883 Christmas dinner at the Continental Hotel in Chicago. The cover features the funky Dado, reverse-contrast novelty designed just a year earlier by the prolific Herman Ihlenburg of MacKellar, Smiths & Jordan. Inside is another recent release, Geometric, issued by Central Type Foundry in 1881. I can’t precisely identify the sans and serif used for smaller type, but see Light-face Gothics.

    Continental Hotel menu, Christmas 1883 2
    Source: http://digital.library.unlv.edu Henry J. Bohn Collection at the UNLV Libraries. License: All Rights Reserved.

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