Ahwahnee Hotel Menus, Yosemite National Park, 1961

giantsequoia

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Fifty years ago, the menus at Yosemite’s Ahwahnee Hotel featured a series of beautiful woodblock prints, taken from the 1932 book “Trees of Yosemite” by Della Taylor Hoss. I’m not sure how many menus were in this series, nor how long these menus were in use, although I would guess just a few years. All the pieces in my collection date from 1961, though I’ve seen others dated in the mid-1960s. I’ve also seen Ahwahnee menus with Ansel Adams photographs on the cover with dates that ranged from the 1930s through the 1960s. It’s possible that both style were used concurrently, or perhaps this version was used for breakfast only during a time? The actual menu size of these woodblock prints is about 6.5 x 10 inches. Enjoy!

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sugarpine

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mountainhemlock

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   californiablackoaktree

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sierrajuniper

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ahwaneemenu

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