Christmas Dinner Aboard the USS Yorktown, c. 1953

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The folks at Patriot Points kindly shared this 1953 Christmas Day dinner menu from the USS Yorktown with us: That year, the meal got rolling with three kinds of olives, three kinds of pickles, shrimp, saltines and turkey consomme.

Spokeswoman Holly Jackson says the holiday menu has changed slightly in the intervening 60 years: “We did, however, have the ham, turkey and sweet tea this year at the staff Christmas luncheon,” she writes. “We’d never stray from that!”

For the menu’s inside pages, read on. Continue reading

Thanksgiving 1954: Saltines and Navy Blended Coffee Aboard the USS Yorktown

Ever in the holiday spirit, Patriots Point, which sent us a USS Yorktown cookie recipe for Veterans Day, shared the below menu from the aircraft carrier’s 1954 Thanksgiving dinner.


The menu is stamped with a few oldfangled touches, such as the hot mincemeat pie and after-dinner cigars. But it’s also testament to how little the standard holiday menu has changed in more than half a century: Turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, two kinds of potatoes, pumpkin pie and Parker House rolls are immediately recognizable as a Thanksgiving meal. Continue reading