Placard, Mystère

Description
Julia Child occasionally used French bistro signs as props on the early episodes of The French Chef television series, which first aired in 1963. This sign, in red and black lettering, advertises a “Mystery,” perhaps an acknowledgment that many Americans found French cuisine mysterious and strange. Julia’s introduction of unfamiliar cuisine through humor and a sense of adventure brought the message home to viewers in an accessible and memorable way.
Object Name
placard
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
paint (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 24 in x 2 in; 60.96 cm x 5.08 cm
ID Number
2001.0253.0740
catalog number
2001.0253.0740
accession number
2001.0253
subject
FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
Food
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Home and Community Life: Occupations
FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
Exhibition
Food: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Julia Child

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