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Vintage Menus of the Hamburg-American Line

Main Dining Saloon and Cupola - S.S. Prinzessin Victoria Luise

Main Dining Saloon and Cupola - S.S. Prinzessin Victoria Luise

Hamburg-American Line Aka: Hamburg Amerika Linie, Hamburg Amerikanische Packetfahrt Actien Gesellschaft (HAPAG). Hamburg American Line was one of the major steamship companies to handle the immigrant trade. Their primary route was Hamburg to New York via Southampton.

Breakfast Menus

SS Deutschland Breakfast Bill of Fare 26 February 1902

SS Deutschland - 26 February 1902

Breakfast Bill of Fare for the steamship Deutschland of the Hamburg-American Line featured a typical American fare including Buckwheat Pancakes, Omelots, Ham, Bacon, in addition to Rumpsteak, Calf's Liver and Grilled Vienna Sausages.

Other Breakfast Menus from This Voyage:

  • 2 March 1902
    Vintage Breakfast Bill of Fare Card from 2 March 1902 featured Eggs Périgueux Style, Potato-Pancake with Cranberries, and Omelet aux Confitures.
SS Hamburg Breakfast Bill of Fare Card 3 July 1936

SS Hamburg - 3 July 1936

Beautiful graphic Dinner Bill of Fare dating from 1936 from the SS Hamburg of the Hamburg-American Line offer traditional American fare plus sirloin steaks, german fried potatoes, and Bologna.

SS Hamburg Breakfast Bill of Fare 30 July 1937

SS Hamburg - 30 July 1937

July 1937 Elaborate Breakfast Bill of Fare for passengers on board the SS Hamburg of the Hamburg-American Line offers the standard American fare plus German favorites.

SS Victoria Luise Breakfast Bill of Fare Card (u.d.) c1911

SS Victoria Luise - (u.d.) c1911

Vintage Breakfast Bill of Fare Card from circa 1911 on board the SS Victoria Luise of the Hamburg-American 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.

Daily Menus

Vintage Menu, Hamburg-American Line, SS Deutschland, 30 September 1927

SS Deutschland - 30 September 1927

Vintage Third Class Daily Bill of Fare Card from Date on board the SS Deutschland of the Hamburg-American Line featured Boiled Eggs for Breakfast, Braised Fillet of Fish for Dinner, and Matjes Herrings, Bacon Sauce for Supper.

Dinner Menus

Menu Cover for the Main Meal on board the SS Hamburg, July 1933

SS Hamburg - 2 July 1933

Vintage Main Meal Bill of Fare from 2 July 1933 on board the SS Hamburg of the Hamburg-American Line featured Philadelphia Pepper Pot, Steckrübenmus - German Style Ribs, and Vienna's macro-cake for dessert. In German with English Translation.

Front Cover, SS Hamburg Dinner Bill of Fare - 11 March 1937

SS Hamburg - 11 March 1937

Elegant Vintage Dinner Bill of Fare from Thursday, 11 March 1937 on board the SS Hamburg of the Hamburg-American Line featured Fried Fillet of Haddock Meunière, Râgout of Tongue with Mushrooms and Dumplings, Risotto, and Cannelons with Whipped Cream for dessert. Printed in German and English, the Bill of Fare included a Music Program.

Front Cover, SS NewYork Farewell Dinner Bill of Fare Postcard - 30 June 1928

SS New York - 30 June 1928

Vintage Farewell Dinner Bill of Fare Post Card from 30 June 1928 on board the SS New York of the Hamburg-American Line featured Fried Filet of Perch Pike, Roast Duckling, and Mixed Ice Cream for dessert.

Front Cover, SS Pretoria Dinner Bill of Fare - 26 May 1905

SS Pretoria - 26 May 1905

Vintage Dinner Bill of Fare from Friday, 26 May 1905 on board the SS Pretoria of the Hamburg-American Line featured Striped Bass à la Meunière, Saddle of Veal, Wax Beans, and Mixed Ice Cream for dessert. The menu, printed in English and German, included a Concert Program.

Luncheon Menus

Cover, SS Hamburg Luncheon Bill of Fare Card - 2 July 1933

SS Hamburg - 2 July 1933

Vintage Luncheon Bill of Fare from 2 July 1933 on board the SS Hamburg of the Hamburg-Amerika Linie featured Philadelphia Pepper Pot, Roast High Rib, and Viennese Makronentorte for dessert.

Cover, SS Moltke Luncheon Bill of Fare - 24 July 1905

SS Moltke - 24 July 1905

Uniquely constructed luncheon Bill of Fare card from the SS Moltke of the Hamburg-American Line consisting of 3 pieces of paper glued together by design. Featured quality graphics common among German steamship lines of that era.

Front Cover, SS Resolute Swedish Luncheon Bill of Fare - 1930s

SS Resolute - 1930s

Vintage Luncheon Bill of Fare from the 1930s on board the SS Resolute of the Hamburg-America Line featured Original Cold Fishes, Swedish Style, Small Tenderloin Steak with Smothered Onions, and Caramel Cream or Apple Pie for dessert. Bill of Fare printed in German, Swedish, and English.

Special Occasion Menus

Front Cover, Anniversary Dinner Menu, Hamburg American Line, SS New York, 18 July 1937

SS New York Anniversary Dinner - 18 July 1937

This Anniversary Dinner Bill of Fare celebrates the 90th Anniversary of the Founding of the Hamburg-American Line (1847-1937). The Bill of Fare featured Eggs with Caviar, Boiled Turbot with Sauce Romain and Tournedos with Potato Croquettes. A Music Program is on the Back Cover.

Front Cover, Valentine's Day Dinner Bill of Fare - SS Reliance 1938

SS Reliance Valentine's Day Dinner - 14 February 1938

Elegant and Ornate Dinner Bill of Fare for St. Valentine's Day on board the SS Reliance for Monday, 14 February 1938. The meal featured Fillet of Halibut, Tournedos, and Styrian Pheasant.

Vintage Menus from the GG Archives collection are representative of the menus, typically printed on board each steamship during the voyage onto a blank pre-printed graphic cover. The bill of fares was intended as souvenirs of the journey and provided to each passenger for that class (First, Second, Third, Tourist, etc.). Many survive today as delightful displays of gourmet meals served in elegant dining saloons on the ocean liners of yesteryear.

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