1950 Orange Grove Dinner Menu

Here’s a menu used by Shriner’s on their home from the Los Angeles convention, this time for a group from Denver. This menu included an insert listing the names of the officers of that particular chapter of what was then known as the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.

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We’ve previously seen this cover photo on a 1947 menu as well as the cover of UP’s 1948 California tour booklet. It appears in numerous other places in Union Pacific literature as well; as I noted before, this particular orange grove has almost certainly been converted into housing developments.

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Normally, I post only one menu a day. But the above is a breakfast menu from the same trip from LA to Denver that obviously has the same cover. It has the same breakfast as the Spokane Shriner’s menu, but with a $1.50 price tag (about $12 today) that suggests the Denver Shriners didn’t negotiate an all-in-one fare as the Spokane Shriners had done. This raises another question: Did UP go out of its way to use Southern California-themed covers for Shriner’s taking the train to the Los Angeles convention?


1950 Orange Grove Dinner Menu — 1 Comment

  1. I’d pass on the liver but the rest of the menu is pretty tasty for a buck and a half. I’ll bet the UP did use those southern California covers on purpose. They were always encouraging customers to mail them home, and what better way to show the folks back home the famous California orange groves? The location is near Pomona, and it actually looked like that in 1950. It now looks like a giant gang-banger garbage dump. I lived there for a couple of years before I got tired of gunshots all night. If my house still stands, the only orange tree in Pomona is in the backyard.


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