20th Century Buffet Menus

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20th Century Buffet Menus
Posted by FlyingScotaman on Sunday, May 3, 2020 6:00 PM

I have looked everywhere but can't find any menus for the head end lounge car nor observation car on the 20th Century. So my question is other than say nuts or whatever was there a light food offering in these cars? Sandwiches or the like.

The dining car menus are readily available and I think I have every book on those trains but no mention. I do note the pictures only show drinks but I gather they are generally Pullman's publicity shots with their own staff posing. In one the bar tender is shaking a coctail but the shelves behind him have absolutly nothing on them so they are clearly not representative of the cars at work.

Any thoughts?

This applies to the Broadway etc too.

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Posted by gmpullman on Monday, May 4, 2020 6:01 AM

FlyingScotaman
Any thoughts?

Here's the only menu I would require Drinks

 NYC_drinks1939 by Edmund, on Flickr

Perhaps the club-lounges were run and staffed by Pullman?

 Pullman by Edmund, on Flickr


 

 Pullman_0002 by Edmund, on Flickr


 

 Pullman_0003 by Edmund, on Flickr


 

 Pullman_0001 by Edmund, on Flickr


 

 Pullman2_0001 by Edmund, on Flickr

[edit]I really should DID re-try the scan on that meal ticket. Even back then there was some pretty good anti-counterfit measures!

Regards, Ed

 

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Posted by Overmod on Monday, May 4, 2020 9:31 AM

Checkmark by that beer was well-deserved -- it was probably worth ordering one just for the ritual that accompanied serving it...

Ah! the anti-theft measures on the modern meal check!  I wonder if anyone has carefully studied the various 'anti-fraud' measures used by Pullman as it was forcibly evolved from a monopoly into a railroad-owned entity in this period -- that logo looks modern.

You might do what Google does for these 'difficult-to-scan' items: take several images and process them to reveal different levels of detail or clear text, then provide them all to see.  Someone with the time or interest can then 'data fuse' parts of the various images to get a readable "example".

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Posted by Deggesty on Monday, May 4, 2020 10:37 AM

Ah, yes--the ritual that accompanied the serving of beer! ...do this; do not even think of doing that....  I wish I had my copy of the Pullman manual for buffet lounge car service here (it is in a box at my daughter's house, and I ask her to do enough for me without asking her to hunt for it and bring it up to me). 

My daughter is able to do some of her work in person now, but I have not seen her in more than five weeks (she took me to the Moran Eye Center for the second cataract operation just before the clamp down.)

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Posted by Overmod on Monday, May 4, 2020 12:59 PM

Has anyone looked through the collection of menus at Northwestern to see if there are any buffet or 'hotel car' food menus?

https://digitalcollections.library.northwestern.edu/collections/d3a8e587-cc58-4cb0-aea2-65465d42ec3e but my present browser won't resolve it...

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Posted by Overmod on Monday, May 4, 2020 1:02 PM

Deggesty
Ah, yes--the ritual that accompanied the serving of beer! ...do this; do not even think of doing that....  I wish I had my copy of the Pullman manual for buffet lounge car service here (it is in a box at my daughter's house, and I ask her to do enough for me without asking her to hunt for it and bring it up to me). 

PDN did it for you, and more, in this old thread from the forum.

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Posted by Deggesty on Monday, May 4, 2020 2:19 PM

Overmod

 

 
Deggesty
Ah, yes--the ritual that accompanied the serving of beer! ...do this; do not even think of doing that....  I wish I had my copy of the Pullman manual for buffet lounge car service here (it is in a box at my daughter's house, and I ask her to do enough for me without asking her to hunt for it and bring it up to me). 

 

PDN did it for you, and more, in this old thread from the forum.

 

Wow! voices from the past!

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Posted by FlyingScotaman on Monday, May 4, 2020 2:39 PM

Thanks very much for that. Looks like I am having some tobacco products to curb my appetite!

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