French Maid Coffee House menu cover

The logo for the French Maid Coffee House menu cover.

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3 comments have been posted about French Maid Coffee House menu cover

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Michael Smythe

Posted: 04 Aug 2018

It is not an ad - it is a menu cover designed by Walters c.1947. In 'GORDON WALTERS : PRINTS + DESIGN' (2004) William McAloon wrote:
... its linear design shows his strong interest in surrealism at the time, particularly the work of Paul Klee.

Francis McWhannell

Posted: 14 Feb 2017

Indeed, the design is by Gordon Walters, as indicated by Hamish Thompson in his book 'Coverup: The Art of the Book Cover in New Zealand' (Auckland: Godwit, 2007). He dates the menu c. 1947. Walters appears to have exhibited at the French Maid Coffee House in 1941–2, 1944, and 1947.

Christopher Johnstone

Posted: 07 Jun 2013

At an educated guess I would suggest that this gorgeous Miro-inspired graphic for the French Maid Coffee House is a late 1940s design by renowned New Zealand artist Gordon Walters (1919-1995) who exhibited there in 1947. I don't think this has been pointed out by anyone before.