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Set of 2 Fred Harvey Santa Fe Dining Car Menus

Set of two Fred Harvey Santa Fe Dining Car dinner menus. All likely produced circa 1950. Each menu is a single sheet folded horizontally in half. When open, one measures approximately 13.5 x 9.5 and the other measures about 13 x 9 inches. One is in very good condition with minor creasing and edge wear and the other is in good condition with minor edge wear, mild soiling and staining, and a few stray pen marks. Both menus have a color illustration reproduced from a painting on the cover and a brief description about the image and the culture it depicts on the back. The interiors list menu items and prices. The illustrations included in this set are: "Navajo Ponies" by Gerard C. Delano, and "Taos Pueblo" by Frederic Mizen. In 1876, entrepreneur Fred Harvey approached the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad with the idea to create better dining and accommodation options for railway passengers. What began with a lunch counter in the Topeka train station rapidly grew into a line of restaurants, hotels, and newsstands. These "Harvey Houses" soon earned a reputation for excellent food and quality service. In the 1890s, dining cars were introduced on Santa Fe trains; the Fred Harvey Company received the contract to operate the cars and it gradually shifted its business to focus on them. One menu comes from the "Texas Chief" dining car and the other is from "The Grand Canyon" car. These collectible menus are visually appealing pieces of Southwestern tourism history that provide insight into the famous fare the Fred Harvey Company had on offer. ; Color Illustrations
  • $50
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Custer’s Fall: The Indian Side of the Story

Miller, David Humphreys Pictorial dust jacket, blue color, mylar-wrapped, not price-clipped, markings on spinal head and hinges; in good condition. Blue cloth boards, minimal rubbing to corners; in good condition. Battlefield map on endpapers. Solid binding, clean interior. David Humphreys Miller was an artist & historian who was adopted by various indigenous communities. Additionally, he also worked for the Atomic Energy Commission & U. S. Army intelligence. This book attempted to be the first complete account of the famous Battle of the Little Big Horn. Miller drew the front cover illustration, the sketches throughout, and is also pictured on the back of the dust jacket with five of the last remaining survivors of the battle, still living in 1948.; B&W Illustrations; 8vo 5.5" - 8" tall; 272 pp; Pictorial dust jacket, blue color, mylar-wrapped, not price-clipped, markings on spinal head and hinges; in good condition. Blue cloth boards, minimal rubbing to corners; in good condition. Battlefield map on endpapers. Solid binding, clean interior.David Humphreys Miller was an artist & historian who was adopted by various indigenous communities. Additionally, he also worked for the Atomic Energy Commission & U.S. Army intelligence. This book was an attempt to be the first complete account of the famous Battle of the Little Big Horn. Miller drew the front cover illustration, the sketches throughout, and is also pictured on the back of the dust jacket with five of the last remaining survivors of the battle, still living in 1948.
  • $65