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Vintage Menus of the Scandinavian-American Line

Setting up for Dinner in the Third Class circa 1912

Setting up for Dinner in the Third Class circa 1912

Favored today by those who cross the Atlantic for pleasure and for business, the Scandinavian-American Line -- the descriptive name under which the company operates its passenger service between the United states and the Scandinavian countries, typifies everything that makes ocean travel a delight.

The popular steamers of the the Scandinavian-American Line sail the broad Atlantic than the splendid modern twin-screw steamers which maintain a regular direct service between New York and Scandinavian ports.

Dinner Menus

inner Menu, Scandinavian American Line SS Frederik VIII, 1920, Second Cabin

SS Frederik VIII - 8 August 1920

Vintage Second Cabin Dinner Menu Card from Sunday, 8 August 1920 on board the SS Frederik VIII of the Scandinavian-American Line featured Frankfurter with German Potato Salad, French Marinated Beef Dish (Carbonnade de Boeuf), and Smoked Ham. A Danish menu that emphasizes meat and cheeses to make open faced Danish sandwiches that are very common throughout Denmark and especially Copenhagen.

Front Cover, SS Hellig Olav Dinner Menu - 25 June 1923

SS Hellig Olav - 25 June 1923

Vintage Cabin Class Dinner Menu from Monday, 25 June 1923 on board the SS Hellig Olav of the Scandinavian-American Line featured Boiled Striped Bass with creamed Horseradish, Roast Loin of Veal Cauliflower à la hollandaise, and Ruben Steiner Cake for dessert. A Music Program was included with the menu.

Menu Cover, SS Hellig Olav Dinner Menu - 10 May 1924

SS Hellig Olav - 10 May 1924

Vintage Cabin Dinner Menu from 10 May 1924 on board the SS Hellig Olav of the Scandinavian-American Line featured Boiled Salmon, Sauce Mousseline, Calf’s Sweetbread à la Marachale, and Parfait Aida for dessert. The menu was published in Danish and English and included a Music Program.

Front Cover, SS Oscar II Dinner Menu - 16 May 1912

SS Oscar II - 16 May 1912

Vintage Dinner Menu from Thursday, 16 May 1912 on board the SS Oscar II of the Scandinavian-American Line featured Roast Duck with Potatoes, Soup of Asparagus, and Cream Cake for dessert. Menu printed in Danish and English.

Luncheon Menus

Front Cover, SS Frederik VIII Luncheon Menu 19 October 1923

SS Frederik VIII - 19 October 1923

Vintage Luncheon Menu from 19 October 1923 on board the SS Frederik VIII of the Scandinavian-American Line featured Mock Turtle, Roast Duck, and Anchovies for Danish Soup and Sandwiches. Menu printed in Danish Only - Primarily Scandinavian dishes.

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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