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Vintage Menus of the American Mail Line

Menu Cover from the S.S. President Jackson of the American Mail Line

American Mail Line, established in 1920 by the United States Lines, was a steamship line that ran between Seattle, Washington, and the Far East. Ownership of the American Mail Line was transferred to the newly formed American President Lines in 1938.

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Dinner Menu, SS President Jackson, American Mail Line, 27 October 1930

SS President Jackson - 27 October 1930

Vintage Dinner Menu from Monday, 27 October 1930 on board the SS President Jackson of the American Mail Line featured Poached Black Cod, Normande Sauce, Prime Ribs of Beef au Jus with Browned Potatoes, and Cottage Pudding, Lemon Sauce for dessert. The back of the menu includes a route map for the ships of the American Mail Line.

Front Cover, SS President Jackson Dinner Menu - 16 February 1935

SS President Jackson - 16 February 1935

Vintage Dinner Menu from Saturday, 16 February 1935 on board the SS President Jackson of the American Mail Line featured Poached Red Snapper, Mustard Sauce, Yeoung Chow Wor Mein, Canton Style, and Boston Cream Pie for dessert.

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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