Downtown San Francisco 1961 Breakfast Menu

At first glance, this menu cover has the same photo as one we’ve seen from 1958. But a closer look reveals that the photos are different and were taken some years apart. This photo is zoomed out a bit to show a few more buildings and part of the Bay Bridge east of Treasure Island.


Click image to download a 1.7-MB PDF of this menu.

Both photos are looking down California Street from what must be the Mark Hopkins Hotel. At the far end of the street, a building is crowned with the letters “SP,” which the menu caption explains is the railroad’s headquarters. The SP didn’t appear in the photo on the 1958 menu. Also, a “MobilGas” sign just to the right of the SP appears to have been “photoshopped” out of the 1958 photo.

Continue reading

Fisherman’s Wharf 1960 Breakfast Menu

This cover was on last year’s list of missing menus, and naturally was used on the City of San Francisco. Inside, the menu uses a combination of fonts we’ve only seen once before.


Click image to download a 1.6-MB PDF of this menu.

The menu itself is a standard, 1950s offering of eight breakfast meals, nearly all of which are centered around eggs, and plenty of a la carte choices. The most expensive meal is ham and two eggs with muffin or bread, fruit, juice, or cereal, and beverage for $1.95, or about $16 in today’s money.

Rose Garden & City of Portland Lunch Menus

Like yesterday’s breakfast menus, these two have identical lunch menus dated March, 1959, while the cover photos are ones we’ve seen before. First is the rose garden in Portland’s Washington Park, which we’ve previously seen on a 1959 breakfast menu and a 1960 dinner menu.


Click image to download a 2.0-MB PDF of this menu.

Both lunch menus offer tuna salad, bacon & tomato sandwich, omelet with ham and green peppers, fruit salad, and chef’s salad. Each run of the City of Portland served two dinners but only one lunch, so there was no need for UP to have two different lunch menus in the same period.

Continue reading

Multnomah Falls & Floating Bridge 1959 Breakfast Menus

Two more menus whose covers we’ve seen before and whose backs are identical breakfast menus. The first shows Seattle’s Lake Washington and the floating bridge, which we’ve previously seen on a 1960 lunch menu.


Click image to download a 1.6-MB PDF of this menu.

Dated March, 1959, both of these menus offer the usual variety of egg-based “club breakfasts” plus an extensive a la carte list.

Continue reading

Mt. Hood 1959 Dinner Menu

The cover of this menu is identical to one we have seen before, but this particular one was issued in January 1959, five months after the other one. The menu offerings are a little different: salmon, omelet, lamb chops, ham, or sirloin steak instead of trout, chicken, omelet, prime rib, and sirloin steak.


Click image to download a 2.1-MB PDF of this menu.

This particular menu also came with two little tags paper-clipped in. One tag gives the name of the steward while the other offers a “Special Domeliner Dinner” of pot roast, potatoes, peas, “perfection salad,” dinner rolls, beverage, and “grapenut cup custard” for dessert, all for $2.75 (about $23 in today’s money). This made it the least-expensive meal on the menu, while at $5 (nearly $42 in today’s money), the charcoal broiled steak was the most-expensive.

Zion & Lake Marie 1958 Lunch Menus

Here are two menus whose covers we’ve seen before but whose menu sides we haven’t. The first, featuring the Great White Throne, is dated December 1958 for lunch service in the City of Portland cafe-lounge car. We’ve seen this cover before on menus from 1950.


Click image to download a 1.8-MB PDF of this menu.

The menu offers meals of spaghetti, deluxe hamburger, ragout of beef, and tuna salad. The spaghetti comes with bread and a beverage for $1.15 (about $9.50 today); the other meals come with some form of potato, dessert, and beverage for $1.45 to $1.60 (about $12 to $14 today).

Continue reading

Even More 1958 Café Dinner Menus

The menu sides of these items are all identical to yesterday’s, while the cover photos are all ones we have seen before.


Click image to download a 1.7-MB PDF of this menu.

This photo of aspens in Rocky Mountain National Park was also on a 1960 dinner menu that was used for Minnesota Gopher fans on their way to the 1961 Rose Bowl.

Continue reading

Sun Valley 1958 Café Dinner Menu

This attractive scene shows two woolen-garbed skiers looking out over their balcony at a line of Union Pacific buses bringing more guests from the latest UP train at Shoshone, Idaho. The 1958 timetable shows both westbound and eastbound Portland Roses arriving at mid-day while the City of Portland arrived early in the morning or evening. Since the shadows appear to be in the mid-day, the buses must be serving Portland Rose passengers.


Click image to download a 1.6-MB PDF of this menu.

Like the previous menus, this one was used for dinners in the City of Portland‘s Cafe Lounge Car. While the previous menus offered halibut, fried chicken, and baked ham, this one lists salmon, chicken a la king, and beef pot roast. Both have New York steak, and the a la carte and bar menus are otherwise identical. The slight variations in table d’hôte menus must be so that the café cars could serve different meals on the first and second nights of the City of Portland‘s journey between Chicago and Portland.

More 1958 Café Dinner Menus

These three menus have two things in common: first, the menus themselves are identical to yesterday’s; and second, we’ve seen all of the cover photos before. Like yesterday’s, all three of these menus are marked for the City of Portland.


Click image to download a 1.8-MB PDF of this menu.

The ice rink at Sun Valley was previously shown on a 1961 breakfast menu.

Continue reading

Hoover Dam 1958 Café Dinner Menu

Union Pacific issued at least four different wrap-around color menus featuring Boulder/Hoover Dam, starting with a canyon-bottom view similar to this one in 1947, followed by an overhead view as early as 1948. After this one appeared in the late 1950s, another canyon-bottom view, with different models, was issued in the late 1960s. The text to the left of the photos is nearly the same on all four with the exception of the change from Boulder to Hoover and, in the late 1960s menu, the addition of a short paragraph about fishing in Lake Mead.


Click image to download a 1.7-MB PDF of this menu.

The menu side of this edition says it was for Cafe Lounge Car Service on the City of Portland. The left side of the menu lists beverages while the right side squeezes in four table d’hôte meals–New York steak, halibut, fried chicken, and ham–and numerous a la carte offerings including deluxe hamburger, several other sandwiches, salads, desserts, and hot beverages.