This menu featuring the Colorado State Capitol with its distinctive golden dome was, appropriately enough, used on the City of Denver. Issued in January, 1957, the table d’hôte side features salmon ($2.50), lamb chops ($3.25), meat pie ($2.35), pork loin ($2.85), and the standard sirloin steak ($4.50) dinners. Multiply by seven to convert to today’s prices. The price of the a la carte club steak has risen from $2.50 in 1955 to $2.75 on this menu.
I’ve previously shown a 1953 postcard of a City of Denver dining car showing a menu that clearly has a photo of the Colorado state capitol, but–as shown in the enlargement below–it is not this photo as the menu in the postcard doesn’t have a 1940s-era car in it. So why did the UP use two photos of the Colorado capitol on its menus, and why was it still using one with a decade (or more)-old car parked in a no-parking zone in 1957?