Group of illustrated menus produced for the Royal Packet Navigation Company, Netherlands Indies, 1938.
[Batavia] : Koninklijke Paketvaart-Maatschappij, 1938. Six individual menus, in identical folding card format (240 x 160 mm), with sepia tone photographically illustrated fronts, depicting Tjandi Sewu and Prambanan temples (Yogyakarta), Aceh monument in Batavia, Papandajan volcano near Garoet, a Batak house, and heathen tombs at Sawangan (Celebes); the menus themselves are on the centre pages, four being printed or typed on board T.S.S. Nieuw Holland, and the other two (with more extensive information for tourists in Dutch and English) printed at the Bali Hotel; the menus have printed dates, all in June-July 1938; reverse of one example with traveller’s notes on Singapore in pencil, a couple of the fronts with a tiny amount of silverfishing, else a clean and very attractive group, collected by a cruise ship passenger.
The Koninklijke Paketvaart-Maatschappij (Royal Packet Navigation Company), better known as KPM, was founded in 1888 and was the dominant shipping line in the East Indies in the Dutch colonial era.