1954 Colorado State Capitol Dinner Menu

Until I found this menu on eBay, I knew about it only because it was visible in a postcard. This copy is dated July 2, 1954, and has a handwritten note saying “OK Jay 6/30,” suggesting that this was a proof of a menu that would go into effect two days later.

Click image to download a 1.2-MB PDF of this menu.

UP had another menu featuring Colorado’s capitol building that also had a 1940s-era car parked in front. I’ve speculated that the railroad would rephotograph scenes to deal with dated cars and hairstyles, but my copy of the other state capitol menu was issued three years after the one shown above. Since this one doesn’t have a car that can get dated, it is surprising that UP continued to use the other version long after the car would look old fashioned.

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