1946 Dinner Menu

The back cover of this January, 1946 menu advertises “America’s Distinctive Trains,” namely the Burlington Zephyrs. It says that “the Burlington Zephyrs now number more than a dozen,” and then lists exactly one dozen (but only if you count the Denver, Texas, and Twin Zephyrs as two trains each).

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Inside, the menu offers five different table d’hôte meals, ranging from scrambled eggs and ham for a dollar to pot roast for $1.50 (multiply by a bit more than 9 to get today’s dollars). Each meal includes soup or fruit cocktail, baked potato, “season’s fresh vegetable” (what was fresh in January?), “Waldorf Salad Juleinne” (sic), dessert, and beverage. The menu also had a “plate dinner” for $1 featuring “plantation short cake,” which was corn bread with ham, chicken, and gravy, along with juice, potato, vegetable, salad, dessert, and beverage. The a la carte side offered little more than soup, a couple of sandwiches, desserts, and beverages.

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The front cover of this menu reprints a 1944 painting by Irving Rendall. Unfortunately, I can find no information about Rendall on line other than the fact that he painted this painting. The location is probably on the Denver Zephyr‘s last leg between Denver and Colorado Springs. A higher-resolution version of this painting, which the Burlington used in some of its other advertising, is shown above.

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