Saturday, November 27, 2010

Christmas at MCAS El Toro, 1945

Christmas is now officially just around the corner, and here's a little companion piece to my recent Thanksgiving post. I lifted (and then colorized) the artwork above from the 1945 MCAS El Toro Christmas dinner menu shown below.
From nose art on bombers to mess hall murals to unit logos, a lot of fun artwork -- both professional and amateur -- was generated as part of the war effort. Today I'm sure this menu would have some benign clip art on the front. But in 1945 we got Santa with a lecherous gleam in his eye.
Once again, this menu comes from the collection of CSUF's Center for Oral & Public History. The food selections bear a striking resemblance to the Thanksgiving menu from that same year.
Does anyone else wonder why the reindeer has a spear sticking out of him? It seems fairly non-jolly and un-festive.

I cleaned up the back panel a bit in Photoshop and it still looks bad. It was damaged by one of those sticky "magnetic" or "magic pages" scrapbooks.
Folks,... PLEASE don't use those things. However, if you already have family photos and momentos in one of those books, just leave them there for a couple decades until the glue dries up and they fall out. Otherwise, you're likely to damage the contents during the attempt to peel them off the pages.

1 comment:

JJohnson said...

This is a neat old menu.

The look in Santa's eye combined with the positioning of his thumbs is a little disturbing.