Menu - Black Cat, Black Cat Cafe, Fitzroy, pre 2001 Document Reg. No: HT 141

Menu with feline cariacuture on cover once used at the Black Cat Cafe in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, until it closed in February, 2001.
Folded menu made from white card. Front cover has black text and a caricatured illustration of a cat in a cafe interior.The cat holds a cigarette and stands beside a counter on which is placed a cup and saucer and ashtray. In the background posters are on door and walls as well as numerous clocks.The floor design is black and white chequers.
Inside the menu the page is black with white printed text listing food and drinks.
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: 24.00 cm (Height), 0.10 cm (Width), 18.70 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: food drink consumption, caf s, menus, decorative arts, brunswick street culture, caf culture, afternoon tea
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: menus
Inscriptions: Front cover text reads: "Black Cat / Menu",
Place & Date Made: Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia, pre 2001
Place Used: The Black Cat Café, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia, pre 2001


Vicki Philipp Posted on 24 May 2015 12:31 PM
The Artist who produced this Menu is Jeff Raglus.

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