More Charlie Russell Menus: Indian Warfare

This blog has been somewhat chronological: first were pre-war streamlined trains; then post-war streamliners; then post-war domeliners. Before taking the logical next step of describing the decline of streamliners in the 1960s, I want to pick up some streamlined memorabilia that I’ve not yet included.

Click image to download a 1.7-MB PDF of this menu.

First, I recently acquired several more of Great Northern’s Charlie Russell menus. Today’s menu titles the painting on the cover “Indian Warfare,” but you won’t find a painting by that name in any of the Charles Russell catalogs. Instead, the painting is called “For Supremacy,” and portrays a historic battle between Crow and Piegen Indians.

Here is the best image of this painting that I could find on the web, although I don’t think the real painting has this much pink in it. You can click the image for a larger view.

This particular menu is a lunch menu from 1949 and it offers four table d’hôte entrees (fried fresh fish, bacon and scrambled eggs, mushroom omelet, and pork chops) for $1.65 (about $16 today) and five table d’hôte entrees (fish, toasted cheese sandwich, baked beans, parsley omelet, tomato stuffed with chicken salad) for $1.25 (about $12 today). The former come with soup, bread, beverage, and dessert; the latter with just the bread, beverage, and dessert. A la carte items include soups, eggs, vegetables, salads, desserts, and beverages.


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