1928 Canadian Pacific Dinner Menu

The large picture on the cover of this menu shows Mt. Stephen towering over the Kicking Horse River with a Canadian Pacific passenger train coming down the 2.2 percent grade toward Field, British Columbia. The back cover mentions that a trip across the Swiss Alps takes but five hours, while a trip across the Canadian Rockies takes 22. That 22 hours includes the Purcell and Selkirk mountains, which are impressive by themselves but nowhere near as awesome as either the Alps or the Rocky Mountains proper.

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Inside is a dinner menu for members of the Kiwanis Club on their way way to a national convention in Seattle. The menu notes that “Stephen E. Pawley” is the district governor, which would make this the New Jersey Kiwanis Club. The unpriced table d’hôte menu offers entrées of halibut, “roast western Canadian ribs of beef,” and, for vegetarians, pineapple fritters.

Your Journey Through the Canadian Pacific Rockies

Published in 1928, this 60-page booklet describes the train trip from Calgary to Vancouver with ferry to Victoria and Seattle. It also manages to advertise Canadian Pacific trains and its fourteen hotels throughout Canada plus eight bungalow camps in the Rockies and three more in Ontario.

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The booklet includes numerous black-and-white photos, most of which are too much to attract much interest. The only color is the green title on the cover, and that’s so hard to read over the grayish background that is seems like another color would have been more eye catching.

Scenes Along the CPR

This postcard folder was never posted and has no date. However, one of the pictures shows what appears to be a semi-streamlined steam locomotive, probably a Royal Hudson. Since these locomotives were built in 1938, the folder must have been issued in that year or later.

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As with yesterday’s folder, I included two copies of page one in order to get all of the cover.

The Road Through the Switzerland of America

This postcard folder was mailed from Vancouver, BC, to Portland, Oregon in 1928. Because of the way the cover is attached to the fold-out cards, I had to include two copies of the first page, so the PDF ends up being a three-page document.

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The folder says that it includes 20 views of the Rockies. About half a dozen of those views include passenger trains, and one includes tracks to show that the mountain in the picture is visible from the train.

Interesting Facts for Your Next Convention

This brochure encourages people to hold conventions at one of Canadian Pacific’s hotels in the Rockies or Vancouver, BC. There’s no date, but it mentions the Trans-Canada Limited, which operated from 1919 to 1931. It also has a photo of a Vancouver memorial to President Warren Harding, who spoke in Vancouver shortly before he died. The memorial was dedicated in late 1925, so this brochure must be from somewhere between 1926 and 1931.

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Although the brochure has some pretty pictures, it does a poor job of making a pitch for holding a convention thousands of miles away from the eastern cities where most Canadians lived. The brochure says nothing about the convention facilities available at CP hotels and very little about what people could expect from their visits. Curiously, one entire panel is blank; possibly, it was to be used by individual hotels to answer some of these questions.

Scenograph of the Canadian Rockies

This collection of 20 hand-colored postcards was issued by the Gowen Sutton Company of Vancouver, BC, no doubt with the cooperation of the Canadian Pacific as most of the photos are of CPR trains, tracks, and hotels. Frank Gowen preferred real photo postcards over printed ones, but I’m not sure if real-photo cards can be hand colored.

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The locomotive shown in the third card in this collection is numbered 2717, which would make it a G-4 Pacific. Built in the Canadian Pacific’s own shops in 1919, this locomotive was later redecorated with a larger number board on the side. Since this doesn’t appear in this photo, it must be early in the locomotive’s life. I estimate this postcard collection dates to the early 1920s.

Mt. Stephen and Mt. Donald

George Stephen and Donald Smith were the two primary financiers behind construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway, and the nation honored them by naming prominent peaks in the Canadian Rockies after them. Both were made peers of the British Empire and barons, with Donald naming himself Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal while Stephen named himself after his own mountain, becoming Baron Mount Stephen.

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In the above card from the early 1910s, Mt. Stephen looms over the Canadian Pacific train station in Field, BC. The train in the foreground would soon go through the spiral tunnels on its way to Lake Louise, Banff, and eastern Canada.

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Miscellaneous Santa Fe Items

Santa Fe produced wall calendars from the early 1900s through 1993, and all of them after 1914 featured paintings of the Southwest or Southwest Indians by one of the Chicago or Taos painters cultivated by the railway. From the early 1930s on, these calendars were paired with wallet-sized pocket calendars that had the painting on one side and the year’s calendar on the other.


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Here is the pocket calendar for 1970, featuring “The Roundup of Wild Horses” by Leonard Reedy. A near-complete collection of Santa Fe pocket calendars can be viewed at the Harry Briscoe web site, while David Kiehn has an entire web site devoted to Santa Fe calendars.

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Burlington-Santa Fe Summer 1929 Tours

In 1929, Burlington and Santa Fe teamed up with the Rio Grande and Western Pacific to offer escorted tours from Chicago to the West Coast. We’ve already seen the 20-page tour booklet for winter, 1929, which advertised 21-day tours leaving Chicago twice a month in January, February, and March.

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This booklet for the summer offers two- and three-week tours to California, three- and four-week tours to the Pacific Northwest and California, three- and four-week tours to Yellowstone, Colorado, and California, and five- to seven-week tours to Hawaii. Naturally, the booklet is longer than the winter edition, filling 36 pages with many photos but only a small amount of text repeated from the winter booklet.

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Monument Valley 1961 Dinner Menu

We’ve seen this painting before when it was used on a 1950 menu for the Santa Fe’s Grand Canyon train. In this case, it was used on the El Capitan, and I interpret the date code at the bottom of the menu, “5-1-1,” to mean May 1, 1961. Don’t ask my why they left the 6 off.


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The items on the menu aren’t as fancy or numerous as those on yesterday’s Super Chief menu, but the prices are lower. No filet mignon, or any steaks at all. The fanciest dinner entrée is “flaked breast of chicken, calf’s sweetbreads and fresh mushrooms, Escoffier,” for $2 (about $16.50 today). Other table d’hôte entrées include salmon steak, braised loin end of beef, and Spanish omelette. The a la carte side also has baked beans and chef’s salad. Instead of Hungarian Dobosh cake, there is a plain layer cake as well as cherry pie and apple pie a la mode.

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