You will find me at Barney's Paradise Saturday, August 11, 1900. Bring your Appetite at 12:30 p.m.
(n. p.): 1900. Top-fold invitation card, cut out by hand in the shape of a snouted clam and illustrated with light purple concentric markings to all panels; text also done by hand in light purple ink, with heavier ink to some words and inner markings. Invitation to front panel, menu to inner panels, and "souvenir" poem to last panel. Bleeding of ink to concentric markings of inner panels, heavy in some areas but only slightly affecting text; minor crease. Still crisp overall.
A charmingly designed and illustrated invitation to a clam bake, possibly located in Rhode Island given its provenance, but otherwise almost surely in New England.
The menu is a veritable feast: "Manhattan (?)", periwinkles on the half-shell, mussels, barnacles, "Salt Kod", menhaden, starfish, "Klam Kakes", raw eels and olives, escalloped sponges, chowder, "Klams (snouted)", turnips, liver, carrots, "Sponge-Kake", "Dressing (Buryeas) [bearnaise?]", brown bread, "Cream Kakes", "Shampain phrappe" (Champaign frappe), "Dried pease on ice, Pastry-Dried apple pie, Pork pie, Printers' pi[e], Boiled peaches, Raw onions, Fried watermelon, Chinese crackers, Coffee, Limburger, Cordials Presidencias", Sazerac and, perplexingly to this cataloguer, "Svensk Banco [Swedish Bank?]".
The poem on the last panel appears to be original, and speaks to the diner's journey home at the end of the evening: "'Tis then we'll homeward wend our way, / Full-surfeited with all our pleasure; / And kindly hold in thought this day, / That adds new wealth to Memory's treasure."
A delightful survivor from a truly astonishing repast.