Children’s menus are interesting to people who love cute drawings of various animals, but less interesting to rail fans who want to see pictures of trains. This menu has both.
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The front has a large picture of beavers–a part of the Canadian Pacific’s logo–playing at what appears to be a children’s amusement park. The picture is signed “L.R. Batchelor,” a Canadian painter and illustrator of numerous books. Born in 1887, he must have painted this illustration near the end of his career as he died in 1961 and the back of the menu has a somewhat crude redo of the Chesley Bonestell illustration of the 1955 Canadian.
The menu, which has no date, offers four breakfasts, four lunches, and four dinners. Many of the actual meals are somewhat vague. The most expensive thing on the menu, for example, is “hot or cold meat selection” with fruit juice; mashed potatoes; vegetable; bread; ice cream or jello; and milk or cocoa for $1.60 (about $13 to $14 today assuming the menu is from 1955 to 1960). Presumably patrons could make their meat, juice, and other selections from the adult menu.