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This is a large, four-tined silver-plated fork. This fork and other similar silverware were used in restaurants, called "Harvey Houses," established in 1876 by Fred Harvey of Leavenworth, Kansas. Harvey opened this chain of restaurants along the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway as a better alternative to the pre-existing food service on trains and in trackside restaurants. Harvey's restaurants offered quality dining, settings, and service from Harvey Girls, the first female workforce in America. Similar establishments were erected in nearly every railroad town in the country - 30 of which were in Kansas. By catering to customers with loyal service and good food, "Harvey Houses" paved the way for food service and customer service industries throughout the United States.
Creator: International Silver Company
Item Number: 221041
KSHS Identifier: 2007.7.37
Business and Industry - Railroad - Companies - Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe
Business and Industry - Services - Food and drink - Restaurants - Harvey Houses
Collections - Museum
Date - 1910s - 1912
Objects and Artifacts - Tools & Equipment for Materials - Food Service - Fork - Dinner
People - Notable Kansans - Harvey, Fred
Type of Material - Objects and Artifacts