An Indian Matron Breakfast Menu

Born in Moscow in 1892, trained in London and Paris, Nicholas de Grandmaison found his way to Canada where he painted the first of hundreds of portraits of Indians in 1930. Canadian Pacific put some of his portraits on its menus, including this 1941 breakfast menu.

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This menu, which is marked for the Dominion, offers breakfast meals for 50 cents, 75 cents, and a dollar, the latter of which included fruit or juice, baked apple with cream, a wide variety of entrĂ©es, bread, and beverage. The a la carte side had everything from a slice banana with cream for 20 cents to a sirloin steak for $1.25. Multiply by 12 to convert these numbers to today’s U.S. dollars.


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