Dominion Lunch Menu

This 1951 menu for Canadian Pacific’s premiere train, the Dominion, offered numerous entrées: ham & spinach; lamb stew; mushroom omelet; grilled or fried fish; chicken or salmon salad; and more. Most of these were available on both the table d’hôte and a la carte sides, and a la carte also included a variety of egg dishes.

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Canadian Pacific used this cover photo on other menus, including this one from 1963. However, the yellow background is unusual, though we’ve seen 1950 menus with red and blue backgrounds. I’m not sure what they signified except that CP had a creative graphics artist in the early 1950s. Continue reading

Western Canada and the Rockies

This booklet describes scenery accessible on Canadian Pacific’s routes west of Winnipeg. It seems to be a mate to an Eastern Canada booklet shown here previously. The Eastern Canada booklet was marked “5110” on the back cover, which I interpreted to mean that it was printed in October, 1951. This Western Canada booklet is marked 5007 in approximately the same spot, so it seems to date from 1950.

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In addition to its main line through Calgary and Banff, Canadian Pacific had a second route through the Rockies known as the Crowsnest Pass route. Passenger service on this route continued until 1964. It is shown on the map on pages 2 and 3 of this booklet but is only briefly mentioned on page 13.

Chateau Frontenac Pooled Train Lunch Menu

We’ve previously seen a booklet for the Chateau Frontenac, to which Canadian Pacific always added the phrase “in old Quebec.” The back of this menu notes that the hotel “dominates the skyline of Quebec,” which is still true.

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This image of the Chateau was painted by Marius Hubert-Robert, who appropriately (considering the Beaverdell was painted by an English painter) was a French painter. We’ve seen his painting of Lake Louise on another Canadian Pacific menu.

Mt. Eisenhower Pooled Train Lunch Menu

“Known, since its discovery in 1857, as Castle Mountain, this magnificent landmark has been re-named “Mount Eisenhower” as Canada’s enduring tribute to General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower.” Not so enduring after all, as Canada changed the name back to Castle Mountain in 1979. Whatever it was called, CP no doubt hoped the photograph would inspire its eastern patrons to take a trip to the Canadian Pacific Rockies.

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In 1946, $1 (about US $11 today) would buy you an omelet, calf’s liver, veal cutlet with spaghetti, ox-tongue, or cold chicken and tongue with soup, potatoes, vegetable, bread, dessert, and beverage. For 85 cents, you could get grilled or fried fish with the same accompaniments except for the soup, while 75 cents provided a choice of salads plus bread, dessert, and beverage.

Pooled Train Service Lunch Menu

This 1946 lunch menu featuring the Banff Springs Hotel was used for pool train service between Toronto and Montreal or Ottawa. The cover photo shows two models who are woodenly staring at something that is not the hotel. Apparently, the photographer wanted to get their profiles instead of the backs of their heads.

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Both this menu and yesterday’s have English on the left side and French on the right side. The menu is still biased towards English as the cover titles and back cover caption are entirely in English.

Pooled Train Service Breakfast Menu

The decline in passenger business due to the Depression led Canadian Pacific and Canadian National — with the approval of the Canadian parliament — to begin pooling train service between Toronto and Montreal as well as Toronto and Ottawa in 1933. This meant that, instead of scheduling two competing trains at the same time, the railways would operate just one train. Both railways contributed equipment to the trains, but as this 1946 menu shows, Canadian Pacific didn’t hesitate to advertise its own services when a CP diner was on one of the pooled trains. Pooling continued until 1965.

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The cover of this menu features a painting by British marine painter Norman Wilkinson, who was credited with developing a type of camouflage painting for ships in World War I. The painting depicts the Beaverdell, the first postwar member of Canadian Pacific’s “beaver fleet” of fast cargo ships used in trans-Atlantic service. No doubt CP hoped that some of the business people riding pool trains between Montreal and Toronto would import or export freight on these ships.

Mountaineer Dinner Menu

This menu is undated, but the cover photo shows a heavyweight passenger train powered by steam, which means it is from before 1955, when the Canadian was introduced. That’s not much help by itself.

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Inside, the menu offers table d’hôte dinners for $1.75 to $2.00. A 1951 menu for the Mountaineer that will be presented here in a few days has table d’hôte meals for $2.15 to $2.50, so this menu must be from before. On the other hand, a 1941 dinner menu has table d’hôte meals for $1.00 to $1.25, so this one must be from several years after that. There are no patriotic messages that we would expect to see if this menu were issued during or immediately after the war, so my guess is 1947 or 1948.

1938 Spiral Tunnel Lunch Menu

Although this menu, like yesterday’s, is from 1938, it is dated 12-38, so must have been used on a different trip than yesterday’s, which was from July. This menu is marked for the Dominion and offers a full range of table d’hôte and a la carte items, including full luncheons for 75 cents, 85 cents, and a dollar (multiply by 13.5 to get today’s U.S. dollars).

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The cover uses the same illustration that was used on a 1925 Trans-Canada Limited menu. However, the graphic has been enhanced with white dashes showing the locations of the underground spirals, which had to be imagined in the earlier menu.

1938 Indian Chief Menu

We’ve seen this cover painting before on a 1943 menu. This one was used on the same American Express Banner Tour of the West as yesterday’s, and is dated July 8, three days after yesterday’s. Since the Dominion required four nights to travel between Montreal and Vancouver, it is likely that these menus were used on such a journey.

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Unlike yesterday’s, this one doesn’t have any autographs or apologetic messages. It did offer a choice of baked lake trout, roast chicken, salisbury steak, or macaroni and cheese, not exactly first-class fare. Since the cost of the meals was included in the tour, no prices are shown on the menu.

The Royal York Hotel

When Canadian Pacific opened Toronto’s Royal York Hotel in 1929, it was the largest hotel in the British Empire with 1,048 rooms. This dining car menu, which was used on a 1938 American Express “Banner Tour of the West,” says that the hotel somehow managed to grow to 1,200 rooms by that year.

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Dated July 5, 1938, the menu offered a choice of salmon Hollandaise, roast lamb, chicken pot pie, or pineapple fritter along with the usual soup, salad, potatoes, vegetable, dessert, and beverage. Whoever collected this menu was apparently an attractive young woman as a Mike Bryce wrote his address in Portsmouth, Virginia for her to remember and someone else autographed the menu with the message, “To a swell gal with a swell brand of toilet water, all’s forgiven.”