Nut Tree Menu, Vacaville, CA, 1950s

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I’ve seen similar Nut Tree menus as this one dated all the way back to the 1940s, but the 20-cent coffee on this menu has me questioning such an early date. My rule of thumb for the 1940s is that coffee was 10 cents, so 20-cent coffee seems awfully expensive for that era. I suppose it’s possible that the Nut Tree used this menu design during the 1940s and the 1950s. Or could the Nut Tree have been so far ahead of its time that they were already fetching exorbitant prices for a simple cup of joe? Impressive. Or, maybe there was a wartime coffee shortage that had driven up the price? Either way, I would kill for a club sandwich right now.

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