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1931 Vintage Menus

Vintage menus for 1931 in the GG Archives collection represent the souvenir breakfast, luncheon, dinner, daily, private party, special occasion, and specialty menus provided to the passengers during their voyage.

Many of these souvenir menus have disappeared over the years. Our collection contains a sampling of menus initially produced and printed by the steamship lines. They are often used to illustrate family history books for immigrants from this time. The menus are organized in date order.

Front Cover, TSS California Dinner Bill of Fare - 24 February 1931

1931-02-24 TSS California Dinner Menu Card

Vintage Dinner Bill of Fare Card from 24 February 1931 on board the TSS California of the Anchor Line featured Boiled Salmon, Sauce Riche, Fried Fillet of Flounder, Sauce Tartare, and Soufflé Pudding, Chamois for dessert. Events for the Evening were included with the Menu.

Menu Cover, Farewell Dinner Bill of Fare & Musical Program, SS George Washington, USL 1931

1931-07-07 SS George Washington Farewell Dinner Menu

Stately Farewell Dinner Bill of Fare and Musical Program, complete with a photograph of the dinner guests for this 7 July 1931 meal on board the SS George Washington of the United States Lines. Includes Photo of Dinner Guest at Farewell Gala.

SS Franconia Breakfast Bill of Fare Card 18 October 1931

1931-10-18 RMS Franconia Breakfast Menu Card

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.


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The Folks Behind the GG Archives

The GG Archives is the work and passion of two people, Paul Gjenvick, a professional archivist, and Evelyne Gjenvick, a curator. Paul earned a Masters of Archival Studies - a terminal degree from Clayton State University in Georgia, where he studied under renowned archivist Richard Pearce-Moses. Our research into the RMS Laconia and SS Bergensfjord, the ships that brought two members of the Gjønvik family from Norway to the United States in the early 20th century, has helped us design our site for other genealogists. The extent of original materials at the GG Archives can be very beneficial when researching your family's migration from Europe.