Ham n Egg Corner, New York 1950s Menu Art

Ham n Egg Corner, New York 1950s

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This visual feast of a menu is from the Ham n Egg Corner, a restaurant in the 1950s and 60s that served customers on Broadway and 51st street in New York. Fortuitously, it was in the epicenter of the city’s jazz scene - practically across the street from the famous jazz club Birdland -and musicians playing there and at other venues nearby on 52nd street adopted the Ham n Egg Corner as their after-hours rendezvous. The peak hour was apparently 3am as sets wrapped up and band members trickled in with their various instruments to sit at the red linoleum tables and wind down over a plate of ham n eggs.

Inventive, charming and clever, this illustration is everything we love about vintage menu art. The graphics feature cute pigs (including one with wings, so pigs really do fly) and busy and efficient chickens, clucking their way to the plate. Specials are given their own vignettes: ham n eggs: the bite that’s rite mornin, noon and night. The owner was kitchenware distributor and restaurant designer I Arthur Ganger who operated another whimsical New York restaurant the "Bird in Hand" which specialized in fried chicken. Joseph Sylvester Opferman (1904 - 1992) was the uncredited creative genius behind all of Arthur Ganger's restaurants in New York and Los Angeles. Responsible for all design and illustrations on menus, his whimsical humor is still a joy to behold

Courtesy Private Collection.

Gallery quality Giclée print on natural white, matte, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks. Custom printed with border for matting and framing.

All printed in USA.

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