More Western Pacific Menus

These menus are from the California Railroad Museum, which posted them at as individual pages. All I’ve done is assemble them into PDFs. Those that are dated range from 1915 to 1927, but some probably fall outside that range.

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The front and back of this 1915 lunch menu features sublime watercolors by Marion De Lappe. Born Marion Owens in 1888 in San Francisco, she became an artist and married another artist named Wesley De Lappe. She later changed her name to Frances Marion, under which byline she earned a fortune and two Oscars as a Hollywood script writer. The back of the menu has an ode to the “Golden Feather River” that might have been written by De Lappe but more likely was written by a WP marketing agent.

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The White Sox took Western Pacific on one leg of their journey to spring training camp in Paso Robles. This 1915 lunch menu, which is unpriced, offers lobster Newberg, halibut, squab chicken, and baked ham with California raisin sauce.

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Contrary to the cover, there aren’t many missions or orange trees on the Feather River route, but the back of this breakfast menu nonetheless lauds California’s citrus industry. There’s no date, but a diligent research could probably figure it out from the data indicating that citrus is a $100 million industry shipping 29 million boxes of oranges a year.

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When this menu was printed, April 30th was National Raisin Day, but that doesn’t help date it because it’s still considered National Raisin Day today and has been since at least 1909. The unpriced menu doesn’t say whether it was for lunch or dinner, but it offers salmon, ham, omelet, pudding, pie, ice cream, and several other items all made with raisins.

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Continuing with the food theme, this testimonial to lettuce features a cover that today would be considered racist. The dinner menu has seven entrées all of which are accompanied by an iceberg lettuce salad.

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The back of this breakfast menu tells of $18 million worth of improvements Western Pacific was making in its lines in “a program begun in 1927 and covering a period of about six years.” From that I take it that the menu is from 1927 or 1928.

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This children’s menu has fold-out flaps that, on the inside, are decorated with drawings of the old West. The menu has breakfast for 25 cents, lunch for 35 cents, and dinner for 40 cents, the latter of which includes lamb chops, “deep sea fish,” or creamed turkey.

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