Shipboard Chinese food menu for the E.& A. Line, two days after 1929 Stock Market Crash, postcard. Ships, Food.
Shipboard Chinese food menu for the E.& A. Line, two days after 1929 Stock Market Crash, postcard.

Shipboard Chinese food menu for the E.& A. Line, two days after 1929 Stock Market Crash, postcard.

26th October 1929. Ephemera. An unusual combination shipboard menu / letter / postcard advertising the E & A ship S. S. Tanda on its route between Australia, Borneo, the Philippines, China and Japan. It is dated 26th October 1929, 2 days after the Wall Street Crash of 1929.

The Tanda was a steel passenger cargo vessel which served as hospital ship and ambulance transport during W.W.I 1914 -1919. In 1924, she was transferred to E & A Steamship Co Ltd. and employed on the Australia - East Asia & Asia service traveling to Australia , Borneo, The Philippines, China, Japan. She rode out the 2nd September 1937 typhoon that struck Hong Kong via South China sea, owing to the experience of Sydney based Captain Elias T Pilcher. She was torpedoed and sunk on July 15, 1944 by U.181 near Mangalore 13.22N/74.09E whilst on voyage to Melbourne via Colombo to Bombay.

The meal is entirely Chinese, listing 14 items including Si Woo Yee (boiled fish & piquante sauce; Hai Young Yee See (shark's fin with crab); Hong Shau Boo Poo (braised abbolonie (sic)), etc. At the bottom it lists "Crumbed Lamb Cutlets & Green Peas To Order".

7 1/2 x 6 1/2" folds to 3 3/4 x 6 1/2". Color image of a ship by C.E.S. Tindall and route map of the E. & A. Line on front. Original fold, foxing on menu side, not affecting the other side. Good + overall. Item #26823

Price: $75.00

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