A couple of menus from what I believe must've been a retirement or nursing home. Though it could've been a hospital judging from the blank line at bottom "Nurse in charge." But were patients allowed to choose their own meals in US hospitals? Made no note of which book these came out of. It was most certainly an old mystery novel.
No year for these, but a handy calendar calculator I found on the interweb tells me that there were only four Monday, December 16ths to choose from: 1930, 1940, 1946 or 1957. I'm going for either 1930 or 1940 based solely on the font used on the menu, the typed food choices appear to be mimeographed, and the use of a German name brand.
Note the difference between the two meals. Supper and Dinner! Both were offered? Rather a luxurious place. And the patinet/client in Room 403 ordered both meals. Hungry or gluttonous?
Guess the patinet in Room 403 really hated cheese sauce. Violent scratching out of that ingredient. Allergies? Or just antipathy? Some of the choices are odd and telltale products of the era helping to date it even further. Milk or Postum. Postum is basically fake coffee invented by C.W. Post, the health food fanatic, who founded La Vita Inn in Battle Creek, Michigan. It was made from wheat bran, molasses and maltodextrin, one of those insidious food additives derived from corn, and was first marketed in 1896. Bleech. I'll pass on even a taste taste of something as vile sounding as that.
Kaffee Hag? Never heard of it. A little internet research reveals it is an ancient brand of decaf dating back to Bremen, Germany in 1906, and its still available from Kraft Foods. It's even spelled the German way rather than the modern brand of Cafe Hag making me think these menus date to sometime in the 1930s prior to WW2 when all things German were anathema to Americans. I see there were two choices for decaf. Sanka is the more recognized form. Plus, it's one of the first instant coffees.
Prune whip! What no chocolate? I'll skip dessert, thanks all the same.