[1924 Harvard-Princeton Football-Shaped Dinner Program and Menu].
1924 Dinner held at Boston’s Copley-Plaza hotel; with team and coaching rosters
In outstanding condition, football-shaped program and menu issued for the Harvard-Princeton football game dinner held at Boston’s Copley-Plaza hotel on November 8, 1924.
The dinner was held after the game, the 27th meeting of the two rivals. Princeton won that day in a shut-out, 34–0.
This fun artifact is both football-shaped and bound with a thin leather strip that laces the program together along the top edge just as a football is laced. It is quite fresh and brightly colored with the schools’ colors: crimson for Harvard and tiger black and orange for Princeton. This color scheme is carried into the program and menu: each leaf is printed half red and half black and orange.
The menu featured Cotuit [Massachusetts] oyster cocktail, green turtle au Madeira, breast of chicken, endive and beet salad, and “Biscuit Nesselrode” and “Petite [i.e. Petit] Fours” for dessert.
A half tone cover illustration depicts the 1912 Copley-Plaza hotel in Copley Square designed by Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, with H.H. Richardson’s Trinity Church (1872–1877) just visible on the left.
A choice shape-“book” from 1924.
Description: [1924 Harvard-Princeton Football-Shaped Dinner Program and Menu].
[Boston: Hotel Department, Geo. E. Damon Co. 1924]. ff. Program. 6½ x 9¼. Die-cut, football-shaped color printed stiff covers laced together with a leather strip in the manner of a football. Text printed (rectos only) in red (i.e. crimson), black, and orange. Accompanied by (likely) original plain envelope. Half tone cover illustration. Fine condition.