16 October 2009

From Soup to Nuts

From the Spokane Daily Chronicle on this day in 1936


An experience of a lifetime came to Mrs. Teckla Carlson when she was asked to be the guest of the Cunard-White Star Queen Mary Inspection party. She spent two and a half days at the Waldorf Astoria in New York and attended a banquet and spent a day aboard the Queen Mary.

Mrs. Carlson described the linen, silver, glass and china as the "last word" in the dignified modernistic.

The food at the banquet that most took her eye was the lobsters. Everything from "soup to nuts" was served in a distinguished and interesting manner. Her souvenir menu was autographed by Commodore Sir Edgar Britten, R.D., R.N.R., commander of the Queen Mary.

Mrs. Carlson described the ship as a floating hotel.

Carries Huge Stores
On every round trip the ship carries 280 barrels of flour, 250 crates of oranges, 1200 pounds of coffee, 200 boxes of western apples, 60,000 eggs, 3600 pounds of cheese, six tons of fresh fish, 3600 pounds of butter, 3600 quarts of  milk, 1288 pounds of sugar, five tons of hams and bacon, 2000 quarts of ice cream, 20 tons of meat and fowl, 850 pounds of tea and 1000 pineapples.

The ship has 60,000 cubic feet of refrigeration space, which would equal the average refrigerator space of 15,000 average homes.

More than 40,000 meals are prepared each single trip, and there are more than half a million pieces of china, glass and silver in use.

The linen room for each trip is stocked with 21,000 table cloths, 210,000 towels, 30,000 sheets, 31,000 pillow slips and 92,000 napkins. All linen was especially designed for the ship, Mrs. Carlson said.

[Caption: Do Spokane women envy Mrs. Teckla Carlson? She has just returned from a trip to New York where she was a guest of the Cunard-White Star Line board (sic) the great new ship, the Queen Mary. "The cuisine of the ship is excellent and the dining service in keeping with the appointments of the ship," she said. "So steady is the Queen Mary at 30 miles an hour that a cup of coffee filled to the brim left standing 24 hours will not have spilled a drop."]

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