1952 Washington State College Menu

This is the last of my budget-priced menus dated December 1, 1952. Known as Washington Agricultural College from 1890 to 1905 and as Washington State University after 1959, the menu says that, at 5,000 students, WSC was “the largest resident college in the West” in 1952. Today, the Pullman campus has nearly 17,000 students and each of the major universities in all western states has at least 12,000 students.

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This menu is a little different, with spaghetti “Italienne” (is there any other kind?) and meat balls with green peas for $1, fish with mashed potatoes and peas for $1.25, fried chicken and potatoes and peas for $1.75, and the standard steak dinner for $2.50.


1952 Washington State College Menu — 1 Comment

  1. Spaghetti and green peas? Yuck! The chicken and steak sound a lot better then most of the other budget menu items though. Still, Pullman passengers were used to a lot more selections than three, and they weren’t terribly budget conscious. This seems like really badly thought out idea that would crank off the first class passengers while reducing dining car revenue. The coffee shop was always available to those on a budget without eviscerating the dining car menu.


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