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Menu - Black Cat Cafe, Fitzroy, pre 2001 Image Reg. No: HT 130

Handmade 'official menu' used at the Black Cat Cafe in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, until it closed in February, 2001.
Food menu made from a paper sheet with affixed sections of paper bearing typewritten text. Handwritten heading in black ink and hand drawn picture affixed to centre features a burger set on a table cloth with a cat sitting near by.
Statement Of Significance:
In recent years the Museum has collected, whenever possible, objects relating to the rapid development, since the 1950's, of Melbourne as a `Cafe Society'. Just as the Legend Cafe was one of the pioneer cafes of the 1950's, the Black Cat's opening in May 1982 signalled the shift towards a new type of cafe that catered for a young, arty, alternative set. From the start, it maintained an almost symbiotic relationship with the nearby Roar Studios, a group of studios and associated art gallery that has produced painters such as David Larwill. The Black Cat Cafe has been a significant contributor to the social, cultural and demographic changes that have made Brunswick Street into what it is today. This point has been made in various newspaper articles written about the Black Cat Cafe since it was announced that it was to close in 2001.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Henry Maas - The Black Cat Cafe, 2001
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 23.50 cm (Height), 0.01 cm (Width), 29.80 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: food drink consumption, caf s, menus, decorative arts, brunswick street culture, caf culture
Themes this item is part of: Black Cat Cafe Collection, Cafe Culture, Domestic & Community Life Collection
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Café & Pub Culture
Tertiary Classification: commercial art & design
Inscriptions: Handwritten text reads: "OFFICIAL MENU"
Typewritten text reads: "252 Brunswick St. Fitzroy. 4196230 Hours: 9am-1am..."
Extensive text follows.
Format: Graphic Design: Black & White
Place & Date Made: The Black Cat Café, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia, pre 2000
Place Used: The Black Cat Café, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia, pre 2000

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