MoTMA or The Museum of Takeaway Menu Art is believed to be the only institution of it's kind in the world. It was started from
humble beginnings way back in 2008 in Salford, Greater Manchester and was then known as The Salford & District Takeaway Menu Museum.
It was expensively re-branded in 2013 to become MoTMA. It's founder and Director Mark Page aimed to not only create the largest
archive of takeaway menus in England but also form a resource where the study and celebration of the takeaway menu could take place.

"We applaud you for preserving 21st century printed ephemera and there's no doubt that your specialised field will hold particular historical significance in the future"

Malcolm Warrington
The Ephemera Society

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Miss Frank E. Buttolph is our heroine!

 Here at MoTMA in our recently opened RESEARCH DEPARTMENT we are very excited to have discovered the life long work of a certain Miss Frank E. Buttolph 1850-1923. Like MoTMA, Miss Frank as she was known, was an avid collector of menus. Over her lifetime she amassed a collection of more than 25,000 menus! The menus or 'Bills of fare' as they were often referred to in America at that time, were left mainly to the New York Public Library although some were also left to The British Library. Below is an example from1900.

Miss Frank was born in Mansfield Pennsylvania in 1850. In 1899 she offered to donate the menus she had to the New York Public Library. She asked the then library director a Dr John Shaw Billings if they would like her to continue to add to the collection which she did until her death in 1924. She was discribed as "A somewhat  mysterious and passionate figure, whose mission in life was to collect menus"  And you thought we were mad.

More info can be found Here and Here and her collection can be seen Here and Here

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