This old menu cover is made of celluloid and it advertises Russell’s Velvet Ice Cream. The front and back are the same with images of a frothy soda and a strawberry sundae. The copy reads; We serve Russell‘s Velvet Ice Cream - It‘s Pure - That’s Sure. Across the bottom it has; Parisian Novelty Co. Chicago Pat.2-23-1926. There is a fine line that runs around the cover that looks like a stem going to the six flowers that have raised dimples.
The inside front cover reads; Our Policy and it has a company testimonial about their quality, service and prices. The inside back cover is beautiful with a colorful detailed picture of a set table featuring molded ice cream treats. It tells of ice cream molds in fruit, flower, vegetable, animal, fraternal and other shapes for individual serving. It also tells of ice cream cakes and pies for serving 8-50 people.
Inside the celluloid cover is a period menu. The paper menu features a full page of sundaes, sodas and specialty drinks, three sandwiches, candies and other specials. Prices are generally 5c to 25c but the candy is a whopping $1.50 per pound! There is advertising for Kodaks, newspapers, sick room supplies, medicines and Vaughan's Pharmacy.
It measures about 5 1/8” by 7 3/16” and is in very nice condition with minor wear and no cracks or chips to the celluloid. Overall there is light scratch and scuff wear on the celluloid and a little bit of the copy on the front and back is worn. Across the top edge of both the front and back there are some deeper scratches, I have shown the worst side in the picture detail. I think these may have been caused by daily specials being paper clipped inside of the menu. The paper menu is discolored from age and it has a few small tears, stains and soiling.
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Don't forget to check out the other antique and collectible soda fountain and advertising items in our shop including old ice cream scoops!
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