Illinois Central Dinner Blank

This blank menu is clearly contemporaneous with yesterday’s, which if my guess is correct means it is from the late 1960s. The backs of the two menus are identical.

Click image to download a 0.4-MB PDF of this menu blank.

The front of this menu displays a scene uncomfortably close to an antebellum Southern plantation. New Orleans, the southern terminus of many of IC’s passenger trains, was actually one of the more liberal cities in the South before the Civil War, with many free blacks more-or-less integrated into the social structure. But that did not prevent Louisiana from joining other Southern states in oppressing blacks after the war up to and beyond whatever date his menu was published.

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