Delicious Rum Drinks, New Olney Hotel, Maryland 1950s
Anyone wearing a fruit salad on their head, including pineapples, grapes and a bunch of bananas, probably needs a stiff drink!
This fun menu image was probably a tribute to Carmen Miranda, the tiny and vivacious Brazilian star who set Americans swinging to the samba.
While a teen, Miranda was a singing sensation in her hometown of Rio di Janeiro and became a star overnight in the US, taking Broadway by storm in 1939 in the musical The Streets of Paris,
She also became a hit in Hollywood. She made nine feature films for Fox including That Night in Rio and weekend in Havana and her last film, before she died at the age of 46, was Copacabana in which she starred opposite Groucho Marx.
Slightly over 5ft tall and weighing 98 pounds, the Latin singer wore high platform shoes, swirling skirts and that fruit salad headgear and was a mesmerizing nightclub performer.
She starred in cabarets at The Tropicana nightclub in Cuba, the Chez de Paris in Chicago, the London Palladium and in many Las Vegas hotels.
Her signature songs were Down Argentine Way, Chica Chica Boom Chic and I Yi Yi Yi Yi.
Miranda, who was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1909 and taken to Brazil as an infant, died in 1955 at her home in Beverly Hills, California, at the age of 46, from a heart attack.
This menu was from the New Olney Cocktail Lounge, which we think was in Maryland, but the image was probably used in bars throughout the US as a promotion for rum drinks.
The most expensive drink item was a Dive Bomber for $1.50. The recipe: Fill shot glass with the amaretto the root beer schnapps, next drop the shot glass into mug of beer and drink before it fizzes over the mug.
Each order includes a print of the interior menu.
All printed in USA.