Friday, September 18, 2009

Historical Image of the Day

Menu from wedding reception of Maria Ewing Sherman and Thomas William Fitch, Washington, DC, 1874.

I guess I wasn't aware how much turtle and oysters people ate in the 19th century. I think everyone of these menus has had multiple oyster dishes and most have had some kind of turtle as well. Another thing that has interested me, though I don't think it's on this menu, is the specificity of the species of duck people are eating.