We love the wit and humor of vintage menu art, and this is a classic example.
Not only is this swordfish making use of his razor-sharp bill to etch out the letters MENU on a billboard - but he’s also wearing a smart navy uniform, complete with three line-insignia on the sleeve, to indicate that he has the rank of Commander at sea.
This was a menu cover aboard RMS Ivernia, an ocean liner owned by the British shipping company Cunard.
Built in Scotland in 1951, the liner ran a passenger service between the UK and Montreal and Quebec in Canada.
In 1959, the ship made an appearance in the Peter Seller’s film The Mouse That Roared.
With the increasing popularity of air travel affecting transatlantic shipping, the Ivernia was refitted for cruising in the early 60s and became the Franconia, continuing travels between the UK and Canada and alternating with trips to the Caribbean, Bermuda and the Atlantic Isles.
She was withdrawn from Cunard service in 1971 but saw service with other shipping companies until she was scrapped in 2004.
This charming Cunard menu cover is from 1961 and the prices of wine in the interior menu are in old English shillings and pence.
Each order includes a print of the interior menu.
All printed in USA.