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Bohn-Bettoni Menu Collection
Coll #: MS-00793
Date: approximately 1880s-1930s
Extent: 9.3 linear feet (12 boxes)
This collection is comprised of 19th and early 20th century menus from across the United States and Europe. It was purchased from Mrs. Marion Bohn Knutson, the daughter of Henry J. Bohn, owner, publisher and editor of The Hotel World magazine in Chicago from 1879 until his death in 1930. Henry Bohn had purchased Henri Bettoni's Recueil de Menus to add to his own personal collection. Henri Bettoni was a London restaurateur of the late 19th century, manager of a number of London restaurants including the Tracadero, Kuhn's, Kissel's Tivoli, the Globe, and the Savoy Hotel. He had also managed Haxell's Hotel in Brighton. The Bohn-Bettoni Collection comprised approximately 1500 menus dating from 1874 to 1933. Bohn's own collection derived principally from the American Midwest while the Bettoni collection was predominantly British and French with examples from German and other European cities. The Bettoni Collection was pasted in a large leather-bound volume. The bulk of Bohn's collection were likewise pasted into scrapbooks, but a large number of menus remained loose.
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