A menu from our collection that we have because it featured “Music by the Cosmopolitan Orchestra, Hoboken.” A dinner party aboard this combined passenger and freight vessel of the Cosmopolitan Line was held when it was in the Caribbean thus a theme related to ‘pirates’ and ‘rag and tatters” (which, of course, is how pirates always seem to be dressed?) But eighty years ago in 1935, America (along with most of the world) was suffering in the economic calamity known as the Great Depression. For too many people, rags and tatters were real, not costumes or to be found entertaining.
Although humorous treatment of the less fortunate was a part of popular culture such as could be found onstage or in films, a better name for the dinner may have been more appropriate. A “politically correct”-style judgment on the event name 80 years in the future would not have been on the minds of the passengers back in 1935. See a larger view in our online catalog, enter keyword: tatters