Jun 1, 2008
"Your Order?" From the Disney Commissary c. 1940
Hans Perk of A. Film L.A. has been sharing his photographs of the (packed) interior of the Walt Disney Commissary taken in the 40s, and thanks to a link he posted I was able to acquire this swell item.
I'd date it to pre-WWII, just after the Burbank studio opened-1940 perhaps(the only characters shown being the shorts stars, Snow White and Pinocchio).
I love looking at menus from the first half of the 20th century; they're usually wonderfully decorated and the wide array of offerings is so superior to the fare an average "american cuisine" place has today. Of course there aren't too many of these sorts of eateries around at all anymore, not even in a city as large as Los Angeles. The closest thing might be a Hamburger Hamlet or a Jerry's Deli(neither of which live up to their reputations in my opinion). Then again Musso & Frank(mentioned below) would seem to have the same menu now as 60 years ago...I mean really, exactly the same, which is one of the reasons I enjoy going there.
So here, complete with discoloration I didn't fix in Photoshop is the interior of the menu. It's large, printed on a medium-weight card stock, nothing flimsy. Lots of fun menu selections and appealing artwork. There's beer, too. And a prime rib sandwich for all of 35 cents. See-it really was possible to live on fifty dollars a week. Or in the case of the top animators, several hundreds a week. Every few dollars made a difference. There's a reason for nostalgia!
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Labels: Disney Studio history