Liverpool, England. Elder Dempster Lines. 1972.
Eleven pictorial menus from the M.V. "Aureol" provided to the passengers of Elder Dempster Lines’ "West African Coast Service by Sea" during February and March, 1972. The menus, 9 x 6 inches, feature art work depicting birds, butterflies, and flowers native to Africa. No artist’s name appears on the menus. A slightly smaller menu was provided to passengers on "Carnival Night," and features on the cover a champagne bottle with popping cork. Four of the colorful menus are illustrated with flowers, two with butterflies, and four with birds. The menus are unusual in that the art work is designed as a continuous panel utilizing both front and rear covers. The menus are in good clean condition. A Wikipedia entry states the firm, with roots in the 19th century, experienced its final iteration as a shipping entity between the years 1932 and 2000 when the company was bought by a French firm and, to quote the source, "wound up." Item #54880