Stirring Tea

A painting by Camillo Innocenti (1871-1961)

Marion Davies

Saw this picture of Marion Davies today, and it reminded me that after a visit to Hearst Castle in San Simeon in October of 2001, I wrote this about her: “Marion Davies was a Ziegfeld Girl who Hearst loved and sought, successfully, to make into a film star. A gifted comic actress, she has never received her just due, but is instead remembered as the fictionalized Suzanne Alexander in Citizen Kane. She was the mistress of San Simeon. A good hearted person with a slight stutter, I could hear her saying, “Are you all right? Can I get you anything?” as I walked through the halls. I confess that I have always wanted to stand in Marion Davies’ bedroom, and that ambition has been fulfilled. Her room was small, but I guess there are trade-offs for living in a castle.”

August Roeseler, Beer & Dachshunds

A Hofbräuhaus menu collected in April of 1969, with art by August Roeseler (1866-1934). He was born in Hamburg in 1866, but spent most of his life in Munich, working as a fine artist, commercial artist, illustrator for books, magazines and postcards, and as a cartoonist.

In addition to his work for the Hofbräuhaus, he did a booklet of Oktoberfest illustrations, and contributed to O Diese Dackel! (O These Dachshunds!) a book of images and verse published in1912. His artwork also appeared on beer steins made by Villeroy & Boch and Marzi & Remy.

The juxtaposition of dachshunds and sausage (wurst) is a recurring motif in Roeseler’s work, and can be seen both on the menu above and in the cartoon below from Fliegende Blätter, Munich, August 31, 1900, in which dogs gaze longingly at a giant floating wurst, which is actually Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin’s airship over the Bodensee (Lake Constance) at Friedrichshafen.

The Hofbräuhaus is still serving. And for those of you who would like to see the menu from 1969, here you go:

My thanks to Laurie Winship for collecting and curating this marvelous menu.