NP Menu with Leslie Ragan Painting

This beautiful menu is very large–11.7″x14″ when folded–and features a painting of the four-domed North Coast Limited commissioned by the Budd Company when it built the domes for the NP. Although it doesn’t look exactly the same as the Gustav Krollman painting (and neither painting looks a lot like the real thing), the location is probably supposed to be near Bozeman Pass between Bozeman and Livingston, Montana.

Click image to download a 1.4-MB PDF of this menu.

Unfortunately, this particular menu wasn’t used aboard the train. Instead, the menu covers were “furnished by the Northern Pacific” for the 1956 annual banquet of the Northwest Federation of Stamp Clubs, which was held in Yakima, Washington. I’m sure it was good advertising for the railway, but it would be interesting to see how its commissary used all of that space to present meals to the traveling public.

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