Sometimes I feel like I’m living in one giant junk drawer. I look at a pile of stuff and I want to heave the entire lot. Then I get up close and personal, and when it comes time to pull the trigger, I cannot do it.
When I was I’m not exactly sure how old, perhaps 10 or 11, I went to a bon voyage party for my grandmother and my uncle on the Queen Elizabeth 2, aka QE2. It was notable for the fact that one or more of my uncle’s guests availed themselves of the shower during the festivities. The QE2 was launched in 1969 to replace the Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mary. The Queen Mary was retired in 1967.
I don’t remember where I got this menu, which I assume refers to the final dinner of a cruise, held 55 years and 354 days ago.* I know it won’t bring much on eBay, but how can you toss something like this? It’s printed on stiff cover stock paper. When you open it, ‘Autographs’ is printed at the top of the left page. The menu is printed on the right. Here it is for your enjoyment.
R.M.S. “QUEEN MARY” Sunday, September 20, 1953
Iced Tomato Juice
Chilled Grape Fruit
Hors d’Œuvre, Variés
Olives—Green and Ripe
Clear Turtle with Sherry Crème Marie Louise
Poached Halibut, Hollandaise Sauce
Fried Fillet of Lemon Sole, Rémoulade Sauce
Creamed Garden Vegetables
Escalope of Sweetbreads, Maréchale
Baked Cloved York and American Ham, Oporto
Roast Stuffed Vermont Turkey, Cranberry Sauce
From the Grill (to order): Sirloin Steak, Vin Rouge
Spinach en Branches Corn on the Cob, Melted Butter
Boiled, Roast, and O’Brien Potatoes
COLD: Roast Beef, Horseradish Cream Roast Chicken
Salads: Sliced Tomatoes Chiffonade
Roquefort and Cream Dressings
Charlotte de Pommes, Sauce d’Abricots Coupe Malmaison
Vanilla, Strawberry and Cherry Ice Cream
Coffee (Hot or Iced)
Red and White Bordeaux—per Bottle or en Carafe,5/-; per Glass, 1/-
Passengers on Special Diet are especially invited to make known their Requirements to the Chief Steward
Speciality Foods for Infants are available on request
*September 20 falls on a Sunday this year as well.