Missing Menus, 2016

Last September, I posted the covers of nine Union Pacific color wrap-around menus that I knew to be missing from my collection. Except for Boy’s Town, I’ve since added all of those missing menus to my collection and posted them over the last several weeks. However, I’ve also documented several new missing menus. Most of the ones below are from the California State Railroad Museum and the images are used here with permission.


Menu shown here courtesy of the California State Railroad Museum. Click image to see the menu on the CSRM web site.

The Municipal University of Omaha is now known as the University of Nebraska Omaha. Since we’ve already seen the University of Nebraska Lincoln, that’s probably all of the Nebraska college menus. None of the college menus in the California museum collection are dated, but all the menus we’ve seen in this series are from 1949 to 1952.


Menu shown here courtesy of the California State Railroad Museum. Click image to see the menu on the CSRM web site.

This menu shows the University of Idaho Caldwell, which has apparently been demoted to the Caldwell Research and Extension Center of the University of Idaho. We’ve previously seen the University of Idaho Moscow, so that’s probably the full complement of Idaho college menus.


Menu shown here courtesy of the California State Railroad Museum. Click image to see the menu on the CSRM web site.

We’ve already seen three California college menus, including UC Berkeley, UCLA, and Stanford. Other states were represented by just two colleges, but UP apparently considered California to be an important enough state to deserve four, as here is one showing the University of Southern California.


Menu shown here courtesy of the California State Railroad Museum. Click image to see the menu on the CSRM web site.

We’ve seen San Francisco’s Nob Hill in a 1958 menu. This 1960 version uses the same text but the photo was taken from a somewhat different angle. The California museum web site includes the inside pages for all of these menus except for the three in the college series above.


Menu shown here courtesy of the California State Railroad Museum. Click image to see the menu on the CSRM web site.

Here’s a 1970 version of the Nob Hill cover focusing on the cable car rather than the buildings. Again, the text is nearly identical although the 1970 edition no longer mentions Nob Hill hotels by name.


Menu shown here courtesy of the California State Railroad Museum. Click image to see this 1961 menu on the CSRM web site. Click here for a 1962 version.

My original list of UP menus indicated that I had seen one in Zion with horses, but until I saw the one in the California museum’s web site I wasn’t sure if I was referring to the black-and-white version. It turns out I wasn’t.


Menu shown here courtesy of the California State Railroad Museum. Click image to see the menu on the CSRM web site.

A 1963 menu shows a San Francisco flower seller. Except for the updated hair style, it isn’t too much different from a 1958 menu.


Menu shown here courtesy of the California State Railroad Museum. Click image to see the menu on the CSRM web site.

This 1968 menu, the last from the California Railroad Museum, shows two skiers in Sun Valley, but it is hardly the first to do so: this undated menu also shows two skiers as does this 1948 menu (though with two men rather than a man and a woman). Plus there are at least a couple showing just one skier.


Click image to download a PDF of this menu cover.

This menu cover is from the Corinthian cover stock portfolio, and is the last one of that set of eighteen that I haven’t found. The photograph was probably taken the same day as this menu cover, as it has the same woman wearing the same clothes and both have identical text. The autumn coloring of the above photo is misleading, as these are evergreen trees and many of the orange objects in the foreground are pine cones while others are dead trees. It is possible that a real menu was never printed with this cover, but I suspect it is out there somewhere.

My UP menu checklist currently lists 122 confirmed color wrap-around menus of which 109 are in my collection and have been presented here. In addition to Boy’s Town and the Colorado capitol menu that we’ve seen only on a postcard, I hypothesize that there are likely menus for University of Oregon, Oregon State College, and University of Nevada Reno. University of Nevada Las Vegas was a junior college in the early 1950s so almost certainly would not have been put on a UP menu.

Beyond the color wrap-around series, I’ve previously shown three missing menus in UP’s art nouveau series and suggested that there may be more menus in what I call the modern series issued in the late 1930s. Perhaps by next August I’ll have filled many of these gaps in my collection.


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