A quote about the dining experience in mid-20th century Las Vegas reads as follows: "There are elsewhere Hickory Rooms, Chinese Rooms, Garden, Clover, Painted Desert, Terrace, Plantation and what-not-rooms in appetizing abundance, all with menus the size of circus posters listing an uncountable assorting of caloric wonderments." It was all part of the Las Vegas dining experience, and the restaurant menu is how most people began to imagine their future meal. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries has created this fine collection of menus for the general public, and culinary historians and others will find it all quite appetizing. The project is sponsored in part of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and there are over 1,575 menus here. Visitors can search through the images, look at a special feature called "Dining in Las Vegas", and also read a brief history of restaurant menus. Also, the "Graphic Design" area provides a mini-master class in how the menus were designed, and it also offers commentary on methods of mass production and chronolimthography. Also, visitors can share their own stories about dining out and post their own comments on the menus.


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