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Need ideas for recipes or menus? Get those ideas, and help the NY Public Library at the same time. Here's how.

Go here: http://menus.nypl.org/about...

Read aboout the massive (40,000) collection of menus and how we can help bring those menus into the digital age.

Sardine sandwiches, anchovy sandwiches and mutton were on a lot of menus circa 1900; on the menu I'm working on, Mallard duck is listed at $1.25 ($.75 for half) and Teal duck is listed at $.75 for the whole bird.

Click through the menus to find those that give brief descriptions of offerings, instead of just listing the name of the dish and the price.

It beats playing solitaire while waiting for the next foodpickle to arrive.

asked by betteirene over 6 years ago

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Sam1148

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added over 6 years ago

I'm not sure what to post here. But here's a suggestion that might make the project go 'viral'.

Post it to http://boingboing.net/

They are not foodies on the that site. But very much interested in archiving and promoting Library projects.

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added over 6 years ago

that is so cool!! where did I see this very recently??

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added over 6 years ago

It was in the papers a couple of weeks ago, but I forgot all about it until I heard a blurb on NPR this morning on the way to work.

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added over 6 years ago

That's super fun (for geeks like us!), but it seems to have trouble with the handwritten menus. Every time I click on one, it says there's an internal problem. The typewritten ones are easy, so I try to do the handwritten ones, since I have experience with transcribing censuses and 19th century texts, but it just won't let me.

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