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Society-hostess Jane Poultney Bigelow, wife of the former Ambassador to Paris, followed the example of trend-setting restaurant Delmonico’s when she presented guests to her 1879 ball with a silken menu, embossed with gold lettering. What could be more Gilded Age?

2 thoughts on “Mrs. Bigelow’s Gilded Age Menu (1879)

  1. Can you recommend a good Bigelow resource. With the exception of the website at Union College, I can’t seem to find one that is well curated.

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