Placard, Mystère

Placard, Mystère

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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
United States: Massachusetts, Cambridge
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
paint (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 24 in x 2 in; 60.96 cm x 5.08 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Julia Child
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Cultural and Community Life: Occupations
Julia Child's Kitchen
FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
Food: Transforming the American Table
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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