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SS President Harding Farewell Dinner Menu - 12 April 1934

Front Cover, SS President Harding Farewell Dinner Menu - 12 April 1934

Front Cover of a Vintage Farewell Dinner Menu from 12 April 1934 on board the SS President Harding of the United States Lines featured Fried Plaice, Meunière, Baked Irish Ham, and Neapolitan Ice Cream for dessert. The Menu included the Credo for the United States Lines.

Menu Items

Third Cabin

  • Fruit Salad        
  • Caviar on Toast
  • French Sardines
  • Queen Olives


  • Cream of Asparagus
  • Consommé, Carmen


  • Fried Plaice, Meunière


  • Baked Irish Ham
  • Philadelphia Capon, Sage Dressing


  • Cauliflower, Cream Sauce     
  • Corn on Cob

Boiled or French Fried


  • Lettuce and Sliced Tomatoes


  • Preserved Peaches


  • Neapolitan Ice Cream
  • Perfetto Wafers


  • Swiss or American - Crackers
  • Assorted Nuts
    Fresh Fruit in Season
  • Tea
  • Coffee

The United States Lines undertakes to paint at sea a canvas of all that is finest in the American manner of living. To depict with fidelity, it must pose the perfect Host ... must ask that he lends himself to the painting without mental reservation, and at all times to be natural. This prototype, fittingly, is the American of achievement. He is depicted as inviting to his home his dearest friend. Every thought is for the happiness and enjoyment of his guest. Therefore, first of all, the food must be perfect and flawlessly served … when, where and how an intimate knowledge of his guest's likes and dislikes dictate. Next, logically, comes accommodations. His guest must he ultra-comfortable … every facility present or available at a nod. Well-fed, comfortable, his guest is basically happy. The nuances and highlights that breathe feeling, mark consummate artistry and complete the perfect painting, here we shall call… entertainment. Pause or stimulation for mind and body must be present in abundance. All these things United States Lines has endeavored to provide, unobtrusively ... that a perfect sailing may be found …under the Stars and Stripes!





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