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Early Menu Covers

August 1st, 2004

In this "image page" we'll take a look at some typical New Haven Railroad Dining Car Department menu covers that were used during the years prior to 1930. All menus from the collection of Marc Frattasio.

1900 Menu Cover The New Haven Railroad bought its first two dining cars during the early 1880s. From that time up through the early 1900s New Haven Railroad dining car menus featured colorful lithographs on their covers. This example dates from the late 1890s or early 1900s.
By the second decade of the 20th century the New Haven Railroad was in financial difficulty. Perhaps as a reaction to this, dining car menus took on an austere appearance. This example dates from 1913, a time when the government's investigations into the Morgan-Mellen scandals and Louis Brandeis' charges of near insolvency were daily newspaper headlines. 1913 Menu Cover
1913 Menu Interior The interior of the 1913 dining car menu presented above is interesting not only for the large selection of food provided for a mere $1.25, but also for the editorial comments added to the margins by a passenger who was not happy with the railroad's management!
The cover of this dining car menu from the summer of 1918 presents a notice to passengers that the railroad would not be serving any food containing wheat in accordance with wartime rationing plans. Food rationing does not appear to have been all that much of a problem for the New Haven during the First World War. Although passengers were implored not to waste food, for the most part the railroad appears to have been able to consistently obtain stocks of food items such as meat and butter that were nearly impossible to obtain a quarter of a century later during World War Two. 1918 Menu Cover
Merchants Limited Menu Cover Merchants Limited dining car menu from the early 1920s. The Merchants Limited was the highest-class passenger train on the New Haven Railroad. After 1918, the Merchants Limited operated with two dining cars coupled back-to-back to provide better service for its upper-crust clientele. In later years the Merchants Limited often operated with both a diner and a grill car.


July 2004: Menu Covers of the 1930s Era

June 2004: Menu Covers of the 1940s Era

May 2004: The "Photomatic" Photo Machines

April 2004: Menu Covers of the 1960s Era

March 2004: Menu Covers of the 1950s Era

February 2004: Fun On The Train

January 2004: Travel Folders #7

December 2003: Travel Folders #6

November 2003: Travel Folders #5

October 2003: Travel Folders #4

September 2003: Travel Folders #3

August 2003: Travel Folders #2

July 2003: Travel Folders #1

June 2003: The Berkshire Line

May 2003: Small Rectangular Travel Folders

April 2003: Football Trains

March 2003: Children's Dining Car Menus

February 2003: Sleeping Car Service

January 2003: Odds and Ends #6

December 2002: Old Saybrook China

November 2002: Platinum Blue China

October 2002: Grill Car China

September 2002: Diesel Builder's Plates

August 2002: Odds and Ends #5

July 2002: Odds and Ends #4

June 2002: Odds and Ends #3

May 2002: Odds and Ends #2

April 2002: New Haven R.R. Travel Bags

March 2002: Cost Saving Fare Promotions

February 2002: Odds and Ends #1

January 2002: Ladies' Day

December 2001: New Haven R.R. Locks

November 2001: The Streamlined Coaches

October 2001: The Comet

September 2001: Seashore Tours

August 2001: John Held, Jr. and the New Haven R.R.

July 2001: The East Wind

June 2001: The Rail-Auto Travel Plan

May 2001: Advertising Stickers

April 2001: Dietz Hand Lanterns

February 2001: Right of Way Signs

January 2001: Signal Lamps

December 2000: TDI Commuter Schedules

November 2000: To Florida on the New Haven Railroad!

October 2000: Local Schedules

September 2000: Train Service Cancellation Posters

August 2000: The New Haven Railroad Rail Charge Card

July 2000: Beverage Service!

June 2000: The Boat Race Trains

May 2000: Timetable Change Posters

April 2000: New Haven Railroad Station Signs

March 2000: The Key to New England

February 2000: Route 128 Station

January 2000: New Haven Railroad Cigarette Lighters

December 1999: The Dan'l Webster

November 1999: Postwar Travel Posters

October 1999: Modern Dining Car China

September 1999: New Haven Railroad Dining Car Service Pins

August 1999: New Haven Railroad Lapel Pins

July 1999: The 1939 New York World's Fair -- 60th Anniversary

June 1999: On-Train Ashtrays

April 1999: Matchbooks

March 1999: Pilgrim Tours

February 1999: Special Trains of the 1950s and 1960s

January 1999: Ticket Envelopes

December 1998: Holiday Advertising Material

November 1998: New York City Travel Advertising Material

October 1998: Boston Travel Advertising Material

September 1998: The Hurricane of 1938 -- 60th Anniversary

July 1998: The New Haven Goes Back to Cape Cod

June 1998: The 1964/1965 New York World's Fair

May 1998: Official Gifts of the McGinnis Era

April 1998: System Timetables

March 1998: Pre-War Advertising Brochures

February 1998: New Haven Railroad Freight Service Advertising from the 1950s and 1960s

January 1998: The Snow Trains

December 1997: Hotel Montclair Advertisement ca. 1939

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