One More Reiss Menu

GN used one more of Reiss’ full-sized portraits on a menu, this one of two Indians named Many White Horses and Eagle Calf. The original of this 80″x36″ painting recently sold at auction for $187,000, and was only the second-most expensive Reiss painting in the sale. (The most expensive was “The Drummers,” a 52″x30″ painting that went for $313,600.)


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This dinner menu is undated, and like the previous Reiss menus I suspect it is from the 1930s as I’ve seen many Reiss menus dated in the 1940s, but all are breakfast and lunch menus while dinner menus are in the Glacier Park series. The prices and meal selections on this menu are about the same as on the 1941 Glacier Park menu, but instead of listing a choice of four entrĂ©es for the “Number Two Plate Dinner,” the Reiss menu just offers “Meat (Fish if desired).”


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Here, for comparison, is a 1946 Many White Horses/Eagle Calf lunch menu from the New York Public Library‘s menu collection. This menu offered plate lunches for 65 cents or $1 (about $8 to $12 today) and four a la carte entrĂ©es for 60 to 75 cents.

A Blackfeet genealogy site says that Many White Horses was born in 1845 and died in 1905, which is before Winold Reiss started painting at Glacier Park. The person in the painting must be one of his sons, Jim, Charles, Thomas, or Joseph Many White Horses, all of whom were born in the 1880s.

The genealogy site also reports an Eagle Calf who died in 1909, so the Eagle Calf in Reiss’ painting must be a son. Another painter, Langdon Kihn, painted the above portrait of Eagle Calf in 1941, the original of which recently sold for $4,750. Eagle Calf also appeared on a Glacier Park postcard below.


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