King Tut Dinner Menu

King Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered in 1922 but not fully excavated until 1930. It caused a sensation that had not diminished by 1931, when Canadian Pacific issued this menu for use on the Mountaineer. The back of the menu advertises Canadian Pacific steamship cruises for the winter of 1931-1932, some of which would visit Egypt. A 73-day cruise from New York to the Mediterranean was just CDN $900, but that would be US $12,000 in today’s money.

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The menu itself is all a la carte, which seems peculiar. Someone ordering a full meal with soup, salad, potato, vegetable, dessert, and beverage based around a salmon entrée would have to spend around $2.50, while a similar table d’hôte meal from a 1936 Canadian Pacific menu would cost about half that.

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