Every time I think my collection of Union Pacific wrap-around color photo menus is nearing completion, I find something new. Here is a 1957 City of Portland breakfast menu featuring something I’ve never before seen on a Union Pacific menu cover: a color photo of a train. But is it the only one? It seems likely that a similar menu would have been made to show off the City of Los Angeles domeliner. If so, perhaps it used the same image in the “Seeing the West by Streamliner” postcard below.
Unlike some City of Portland menus, this one lacks a UP logo and instead the photo caption on the left emphasizes “Milwaukee Road-Union Pacific trains. This was issued soon after UP switched from Chicago & North Western to Milwaukee as its partner for the Chicago-Omaha leg of its trains.
This postcard wasn’t issued by UP but credits UP for the photo. Although it refers to a “streamliner,” a close look reveals the train in the photo has two domes. Judging by the number of domes and scenery, it is probably the City of Los Angeles. I don’t know the exact location, but the photographer was pretty careless to include a parked automobile and its train-watching occupants–presumably the photographer’s own car and family–in the picture.