The cover painting on this menu is called Acequia Madre or Deep Shadows and was painted by Theodore Van Soelen, an artist living in Teseque, New Mexico. Born in St. Paul in 1890, Van Soelen suffered from tuberculosis and moved to the arid West for his health in 1916. He sold this painting to the Santa Fe in 1928. The West was apparently good for him as he lived until 1964.
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The menu itself has two full meals: salisbury steak or “chicken salad, baked ham, aged cheddar cheese, sliced tomato, and potato salad,” each with rolls, dessert, and beverage, all for $1.75 (about $13 today). There are also two children’s meals: either a child’s portion of one of the other meals or a sandwich with soup, potato chips, dessert, and milk or cocoa.
The a la carte side has soup, four sandwiches, several salads, desserts, and beverages. The most expensive sandwich is a hamburger with tomatoes, onion, potato chips, and cole slaw for $1.20 (about $9 today).