Vintage Breakfast Menus - Steamships and Ocean Liners
"Breakfast," Painted by William M. Paxton. The Ladies' Home Journal, March 1913. GGA Image ID # 1b96ab6e94
There is, in all too many married lives, what is called "the newspaper-at-breakfast stage": when the husband, forgetful of the courtesy due to his wife, hides behind his newspaper at the breakfast table. Sometimes verbally, but mostly silently, the wife always resents the discourtesy, as she rightly should. It is often, as this picture indicates, the first intimation that comes to the bride that the days of her husband's courtesy to her and consideration for her are over. It is the first awakening, and a sad one.
Vintage breakfast menus from the steamships and ocean liners from 1898 through 1955. View the wide variety of offerings in each bill of fare from various classes of passengers. Excellent graphics and menu layouts can provide ideas for your own special event breakfast menu. Menus are listed in chronological order.
Nineteenth Century Bill of Fare Card with a Liquor by the Drink List on the reverse side, served on board the RMS Campania of the Cunard Line. Breakfast Bill of Fare featured Fried Plaice, Broiled Finnan Haddin and Smoked Wiltshire Bacon.
Breakfast Bill of Fare for 26 February 1902 featured a typical American fare including Buckwheat Pancakes, Omelots, Ham, Bacon, in addition to Rumpsteak, Calf's Liver and Grilled Vienna Sausages.
Vintage Breakfast Bill of Fare Card from 2 March 1902 featured Eggs Périgueux Style, Potato-Pancake with Cranberries, and Omelet aux Confitures.
Vintage Breakfast Menu Card from 13 July 1907 on board the SS Kroonland of the Red Star Line featured Broiled Sirloin Steaks, Country Sausage, and Fried Eggs.
Vintage Breakfast Menu Card from 17 July 1907 on board the SS Kroonland of the Red Star Line featured Broiled Salmon Trout, Farm Sausage, and Scrambled Eggs.
Vintage Breakfast Menu Card from 21 July 1907 on board the SS Kroonland of the SSLine featured Broiled Sea Bass, Fried Ham, and Boiled Eggs.
Vintage Breakfast Bill of Fare Postcard from 10 August 1908 featured a limited selection including Halibut Steaks, Stewed Sausages and Mashed Potatoes, and Irish Stew. The attached postcard featured views of the Twin Screw Steamship (TSS) "California", and Dunfermline Abbey in Scotland.
Beautiful medieval period graphic adorns this breakfast Bill of Fare for an unstated class of passengers for a September 1909 westbound voyage of the SS Rhein of the Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen Steamship Line. The Bill of Fare is written in English and German.
Vintage Breakfast Bill of Fare Card from circa 1911 on board the SS Victoria Luise of the Hamburg America Line featured an impressively large selection of items including Scrambled Eggs with Morils, with Mushrooms, Fried Eggs with Ham or Bacon, and Broiled Salt Mackerels. The reverse side of the Bill of Fare was printed in German.
Breakfast Bill of Fare card from the RMS Laconia on a Westbound voyage from Liverpool to Boston, arriving in Boston on 9 September 1914 featuring Grilled Cod Steaks and Yarmouth Bloaters
Post World War I Breakfast Bill of Fare Card from the RMS Celtic of the White Star Line offers typical breakfast fare of Eggs, Saratoga Potatoes, Broiled Wiltshire Bacon and Broiled Palethorpe Sausage with Savoury Rice.
Vintage Breakfast Bill of Fare from 23 October 1923 on board the SS President Arthur of the United States Lines featured Scrambled Eggs aux Crevettes, Fried Flounder with Melted Butter, and Calfs Liver with Bacon. The Bill of Fare selections were printed in both English and German.
Vintage Breakfast Bill of Fare from Tuesday, 24 October 1923 featured extensive offerings including Fried Cod Fish Steaks in Tomato Sauce, Omelette Sarah Bernhardt, and Poached Eggs Rothschild. The Bill of Fare selections were printed in English and German.
Vintage Breakfast Bill of Fare from Thursday, 25 October 1923 featured an extensive selection including Fried Eel in Drawn Butter, Scrambled Eggs à la Kleber, and Goulas à la Minute. The Bill of Fare selections were printed in English and German.
Vintage Breakfast Bill of Fare from 26 October 1923 featured fruits, Cereals, Fish, Eggs & Pancakes, Meats, Mutton Chops, Potatoes and Toast.
Vintage Breakfast Bill of Fare and Concert Program from 27 October 1923 offered Salted Cod and Fried Sole along with Stewed Apples for the Day's addition to standard American breakfast fare.
Sunday's Breakfast Bill of Fare from 28 October 1923 featured Fried Codfish Steak, Fried Flounder, Rossini Eggs à la Turbigo and Diamond Stew in addition to traditional American fare.
Vintage Breakfast Bill of Fare from Thursday, 1 November 1923 onboard the SS President Arthur featured Omelette à la Jurassienne, Shirred Eggs Meyerbeer, and Fricandelles, Onion Sauce in addition to tradational American fare.
Vintage Breakfast Menu Card from 11 July 1927 on board the RMS Cameronia of the Anchor Line featured Oatmeal Porridge & Milk, Fried Fillets of Haddock, and Milk Scones.
Elegant Vintage Breakfast Bill of Fare from 5 August 1927 featured an extensive array of offerings including Calf's Liver - Piquante Sauce, Boneless Codfish—Cream Sauce, Mutton Chops, and a wide variety of cereals, fruits, eggs and omelettes, cakes, breads, and beverages.
This is a Breakfast Bill of Fare from Cabin Class for the 2 April 1928 Westbound Voyage on board the SS Minnekahda of the Atlantic Transport Line, from London to New York. Includes some wonderful selections from that era like Devilled Mutton Kidneys and Minced Lamb on Toast.
An expansive vintage Breakfast Bill of Fare from 18 July 1929 featured Grilled Spanish Mackerel—Fines Herbes, Omelettes, Hashed Turkey -- Creole style and American and Wiltshire Smoked and Pale Bacon.
Breakfast Bill of Fare Card for Sunday, 1 June 1930 featured traditional breakfast choices and Suate of Ox Kidney, Fried Smelts and Kippered Herring.
Vintage Breakfast Bill of Fare Card from 29 August 1930 featured Arbroath Smokies, Broiled Weakfish, and Shirred Eggs and Roquefort.
Vintage Tourist Third Cabin Breakfast Bill of Fare from 24 September 1930 on board the RMS Scythia of the Cunard Line featured Broiled Wiltshire, Danish and American Bacon, Bonny Boy Toasted Oats, and Buckwheat Cakes.
Vintage Breakfast Menu Card from 28 September 1930 on board the SS Stattgart of the Norddeutscher Lloyd/North German Lloyd featured Omelette Bergère, Fried Eggs Meyerbeer, and Lamb Hash with Green Pepper.
1931 Bill of Fare Card from the Cunard Line RMS Franconia II offered an extensive array of the typical American breakfast fare including fruit, cereal, eggs, bacon, sausage, toast and preserves.
Tourist Class Breakfast Bill of Fare Card from North German Lloyd on the SS Bremen for Thursday, 21 September 1933. Written in German and English, the meal featured Fruit, Juices, Cereal, Eggs, Hash, Ham, Bacon and Fried Potatoes.
Colorful breakfast Bill of Fare card from the SS President Harding offered a Third Cabin viewpoint through the passenger's diary of the day written on the back of the menu.
Vintage Third Cabin Breakfast Bill of Fare Card from 13 April 1934 featured Salt Mackerel, Clear Butter, Scrambled Eggs with Bacon or Plain, and Fried Country Sausage.
Rare Vintage Breakfast Bill of Fare Card from 30 June 1934 featured a typical PassengerClass selections for that era offering Salmon Fish Cake, Grilled Yorkshire Ham, Chipped Smoked Beef in Cream, and Rice Griddle Cakes with Maple Syrup for dessert.
Beautiful graphic Breakfast Bill of Fare dating from 1936 from the SS Hamburg of the Hamburg America Line offer traditional American fare plus sirloin steaks, german fried potatoes, and Bologna.
July 1937 Elaborate Breakfast Bill of Fare for passengers on board the SS Hamburg of the Hamburg America Line offers the standard American fare plus German favorites.
Third Class Breakfast Bill of Fare from October 1937 on the SS Europa of the Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen presents standard American fare in a graphically illustrated Bill of Fare with eloquent typography.
Tourist Class Breakfast Bill of Fare Card for Tuesday, 25 October 1949 offered typical Bill of Fare selections plus Fried Flounder, Smoked Cod and Broiled Streaky Bacon.
Vintage Breakfast Menu from October 1949 on board the SS Ile de France of the CGT French Line featured Broiled Kipper à l'Anglaise, Omelet - with Cheese - à l'Espagnole with Chicken Liver, and Poached Haddock Brown Butter.
1952 Breakfast Bill of Fare Card from the RMS Queen Mary of the Cunard Line offered standard American breakfast fare and treasures like Sauté of Kidney and Finnan Haddie in Milk.
Vintage Breakfast Bill of Fare Card from 19 June 1952 on board the RMS Queen Elizabeth of the Cunard Line featured a large selection of breakfast fare including Fried Lemon Sole au Citron, Eggs en Cocotte à la Crème, and Broiled American and Danish Bacon.
Vintage Breakfast Bill of Fare Card from Tuesday, 31 March 1953 on board the RMS Queen Mary of the Cunard Line featured Scotch Minced Collops, Buckwheat and Griddle Cakes, and Fried, Turned, and Poached Eggs.
Vintage Breakfast Bill of Fare Card from 2 April 1953 featured Finnam Haddie in Milk, Broiled Breakfast Bacon and Chipped Beef in Cream, and Buckwheat and Griddle Cakes.
This 1955 Breakfast Bill of Fare Card from the Cunard Franconia II offered passengers typical American breakfast fare including fruit, cereal, eggs, bacaon, toast and marmalade.