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Menu Covers Of The 1940s Era

June 1st, 2004

In this "image page" we'll take a look at some typical Dining Car Department menu covers that were used during the 1940s. This was the last decade before the New Haven switched to standardized magazine format menus provided to the railroad by Transportation Displays Incorporated, or TDI, the TDI timetable people. All menus from the collection of Marc Frattasio.

Grill Car Menu Cover Early grill car menu covers from the immediate pre-war period (this example is from 1940) featured a photograph of an attendant holding a tray. The New Haven's grill cars, which were introduced in late 1937, were famous for having been crewed by a team of female attendants and supervised by a female hostess.
The interior of the grill car menu presented above is shown here. Note the insert clipped in at the upper left corner to show the specials of the day. Often, the specials, which were known as "grill car plates" on the grill cars, were made up using food items left over from the previous day's business. Grill Car Menu Interior
WW2 Menu This is a standard wartime menu cover design that was used by the New Haven on both diners and grill cars. Such menus featured sepia-toned artwork from old engravings of subject matter from 18th and 19th century New England history. This particular example is a grill car menu from 1943.
This menu is from 1947. Early postwar menu covers, such as this example, often featured artwork depicting an Alco-GE DL-109 diesel, a Baldwin I-5 streamlined steamer, and a GE EP-4 streamlined electric. Up through the late 1940s these were the typical locomotives that passengers would encounter during the course of a train trip between Boston and New York City. Postwar Menu Cover
Breakfast Menu Morning trains that carried diners or grill cars employed a special breakfast menu. This example, from 1949, depicts a passenger train composed of pre-war lightweight cars being hauled by a Baldwin I-5 class streamlined steam locomotive. By this late date the I-5s had been taken off regular passenger runs due to the recent delivery of Alco-GE PA-1 diesels and were being used in stand-by service.


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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