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Three (3) Historical paper ephemera items, including The Maxwell House, Nashville, Tennessee Christmas dinner menu. 1st item: Black and white one-sided printed dinner menu for "The Maxwell House" restaurant in Nashville, TN, dated Thursday December 25, 1879. 11 1/8" H x 20 1/8" W. Note: The Maxwell House Hotel in downtown Nashville, was for years Nashville's largest hotel and a center of the city's social and political life. Colonel John Overton Jr. built the hotel, designed by Isaiah Rogers, and named for his wife, Harriet Maxwell Overton. Construction began in 1859 using slave labor. During the Civil War, the partially finished brick building served as both barracks and prison hospital for the occupying Union army. Construction resumed after the war and the hotel opened in 1869. The hotel became famous for its Christmas dinner, which featured such delicacies as Leg of Cumberland Black Bear, and Tennessee Opossum. Seven presidents stayed at the Maxwell House Hotel, including Theodore Roosevelt, whose comment that the coffee was "good to the last drop" launched the advertising slogan used for years to promote the nation's first blended coffee. Other visitors included Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, "Buffalo Bill" Cody, General Tom Thumb, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and George Westinghouse. The Maxwell House was destroyed by fire on Christmas night 1961. (source: "Maxwell House Hotel," by Ophelia Paine, Tennessee Encyclopedia, originally published October 8, 2017, https://tennesseeencyclopedia.net/entries/maxwell-house-hotel/). 2nd item: Black and white double-sided printed fish shaped menu for "The Contented Sole," South Kensington, and "The Contented Place," restaurants located in Kingston upon Thames, England. 7" H x 17 3/4" W. 3rd item: Albumen print depicting a group of young men attired in late 19th/early 20th century suits. Pencil inscriptions en verso. Photograph mounted on black cardstock. Includes a carved wooden frame with a pane of glass. Photograph: 7" H x 19 1/2" W. Cardstock: 11" H x 23 1/4" W. Frame: 15" H x 27 1/4" W. The Estate of William Pursell, Nashville, Tennessee. Condition: All items in overall good condition with handling wear to be expected from age and manner of use. 2nd item: Creases, minor tears, to edges of menu. 3rd item: Cardstock with areas of loss, largest 2" x 2", to edges of board. Gold spray paint to left and right edges of board, partially affecting image. Frame in fragile condition.