Super Chief Cook Book

The Super Chief was a first-class operation, and most of these recipes were what we would today call upscale: braised duck Cumberland, curry of lamb, lobster Americaine, poached eggs a la reine–harlequin, and empanadas with vanilla sauce, to name a few. Most of them wouldn’t be found on a Super Chief menu but instead came from chefs at the various Fred Harvey restaurants, such as the El Tovar and La Fonda hotels and Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles and St. Louis union stations.


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Most of the pages of the book have two recipes each. Though not particularly relevant to the recipes, the pages being enlivened by southwest Indian symbols and their meanings. There’s no date on the book, but it must be from the 1950s (when the Turquoise Room was introduced) to the early 1960s (when Fred Harvey stopped running Santa Fe dining cars). This cookbook is from the collection of Streamliner Memories reader Bruce Adams, who generously scanned it for our use.

Go Santa Fe Direct to the South Rim

This 1950 brochure is much like yesterday’s Land of the Pueblos brochure, with a color cover and mostly black-and-yellow photos. It does include one color photo of the Grand Canyon, but it is so washed out that it is no wonder they mostly used monotone pictures.

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The brochure describes motor trips and trail trips, with a one-day motor coach tour costing $12.75 (about $100 today) that includes three meals at El Tovar as well as the bus trip. An overnight trail trip to Phantom Ranch–another building designed by Mary Colter–included the mule ride, four meals, and lodging at the ranch for $32.75, or about $260 in today’s dollars. Today, that same trip is about $550 for one, $960 for two.

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Land of the Pueblos

This 1949 brochure has a nice four-color painting on the cover, yet the rest of the brochure is filled with fifteen black-and-white (or, in some cases, magenta-and-white or black-and-yellow) photographs. It always amazes me that the railroads would pay the extra expense of printing in four colors yet not take advantage of it by using color photos. After all, the cost of color separations would be small compared with the cost of printing 35,000 of these brochures.

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The brochure describes several one-, two-, three-, and four-day tours, all of which start in Santa Fe, a $1.65 ($13 in today’s money) round-trip bus ride from Lamy, the nearest stop for Santa Fe passenger trains. Prices for the multiple-day tours include lodging and motor coach transportation but not meals. The four-day tour goes to Durango, Silverton, and Mesa Verde National Park, returning via Aztec Ruins National Monument, at a cost of $150 ($1,200 in today’s dollars). Considering meals weren’t included, that seems a bit steep.

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Vacation Notes on Santa Fe Trips

Published in April, 1948, when T.B. Gallaher was still Santa Fe’s General Passenger Traffic Manager, this 24-page booklet was part of Santa Fe’s effort to capture post-war vacation travelers. Aside from a centerfold map of the Santa Fe system, three pages of text and a nearly blank back cover, the booklet consist of mostly full-page photos of Santa Fe destinations, each with brief captions.

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Except for the cheesecake cover, all of the photos are disappointingly in black-and-white, which makes them far less effective. This is particularly true of photos of the Grand Canyon and other southwest destinations, whose true colors are striking and unforgettable.

The Alco PA

The American Locomotive Company was more successful in the transition from steam to Diesel than either Baldwin or Lima, but it ultimately failed to survive competition with the General Motors juggernaut. The Alco PA passenger locomotive that is shown in the Howard Fogg painting on the cover of this brochure is a good example of why it failed.


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Introduced in 1946 (which is presumably the date of this brochure), the PA’s squarish lines clearly distinguished it from the GM E-series locomotives, and its throaty sounds led Trains magazine editor rail historian George Hilton to title it an “honorary steam locomotive.” Yet its performance proved to be inferior to that of GM locomotives such as the E7, which came out in 1945.

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Streamlined Trains Ticket Envelope

With its row of E1 locomotives, this silver ticket envelope seemingly predates the other silver Santa Fe envelope presented here a few months ago, which had F units on the front. Neither envelope is dated, but the art deco script used for the words “Streamlined Trains” on this envelope makes it seem older than the more modern type faces used on the previous one.

if I had to guess, I’d say this one dates from the late 1930s to 1940s while the other one dates from the 1950s to 1960s. However, collector Bruce Adams, who owned and scanned this particular envelope for us, notes that it is smaller than most ticket envelopes and thinks it was used for some special purpose at the same time as the larger envelopes.


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Both envelopes list R.T. Anderson as the Santa Fe’s General Passenger Traffic Manager. Raymond Anderson was promoted to that job in 1948 and held it until he passed away–in the harness, as it were, on board a Santa Fe train–in 1962. So it is possible that this envelope was used in the late 1940s and early 1950s while the previous one was used in the late 1950s to early 1960s.

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Grand Canyon Outings, 1923

We already seen a 1941 edition of this booklet, but other than the name and both being issued by the Santa Fe Railway, the two have very little in common. This 1923 version has fewer pages (28 vs. 40), but with tinier text it appears to have more words and almost as many photos as the later edition.


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The older booklet also has two maps of the Grand Canyon, one showing relief and the other a topographic and trail maps. The newer booklet only had a map of the Santa Fe rail system. The maps, and in fact the printing of the entire booklet, are credited to Rand McNally.

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Santa Fe Postcards

The first three postcards today are very similar to the Fred Harvey photochromes shown yesterday, right down to the statement on two of them that they could be “Sent Courtesy of the Super Chief.” The only thing missing is the Fred Harvey logo. This could mean they are from the late 1960s, after Fred Harvey stopped operating Santa Fe dining cars.

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This card shows the Super Chief going by a rock in New Mexico called the Devil’s Footstool. At least, that’s what the Santa Fe Railway called it; I can’t find any reference to this object outside of Santa Fe photo files. This photograph, and probably those of most of the other Santa Fe streamliner postcards, was taken by Santa Fe photographer R. Collins Bradley. Many of Bradley’s black-and-white photos can be seen on the Kansas Historical Society‘s web site. Judging by these photos, Bradley worked for Santa Fe in the 1950s and 1960s.

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Fred Harvey Photochrome Postcards

Printers finally developed the four-color process well enough to use on postcards in 1939. The results are sometimes called Photochrome postcards, which is a bit of misnomer as the original multicolor process used by Detroit Photographic was called Photochrom. Photochrome cards were both more realistic looking and less expensive than printing eight to twenty colors on a card, as the Photochrom/Phostint process required. These Fred Harvey cards are probably from the late 1950s.


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The first card shows a Santa Fe streamliner going around a curve. The back of the card says, “Grand Canyon National Park – Arizona – Santa Fe Streamliner Near Ribera.” In fact, Ribera is in New Mexico, not Arizona, so the mention of Grand Canyon National Park was gratuitous. The curve, shown on the aerial photo below, is not quite a double horseshoe as the card claims but does indicate that the train in the photo is ascending a pretty good grade.

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Fred Harvey Postcards of the 1930s

The Detroit Publishing Company, which printed yesterday’s postcards, went bankrupt in 1923. Though it continued to print postcards for Fred Harvey until 1932, it no longer employed photographers to add to its collection of images. Thus, it is likely that most if not all of the postcards shown here were printed by another company, probably Curt Teich.


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This white-bordered postcard showing Canyon de Chelly appears to be the oldest one here, as it uses Fred Harvey’s older logo and says Canyon de Chelly is in the Navaho Indian Reservation. In 1931, the canyon was made into a national monument, though still part of the reservation. Since this isn’t mentioned on the card, it is likely from the late 1920s or 1930.

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