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Pacific Electric Restaurant Menu

Posted on: August 7, 2016 by Pacific Electric 1 Comment

 

Charles Wherry Collection

Charles Wherry Collection

By Charles Wherry

Here is another menu from Pacific Electric’s 6th & Main Street restaurant.

The same photo as on the breakfast menu returns, this time in red tint. PE might have made the color choice as a help
for the wait staff to readily pick the correct menu given the time of day. This offering included a dinner selection as well
as a few breakfast items a la carte. My guess is this red cover edition sufficed for lunch and dinner. Quite a selection for
what was essentially a lunch counter operation.

Charles Wherry Collection

Charles Wherry Collection

Charles Wherry Collection

Charles Wherry Collection

Charles Wherry Collection

Charles Wherry Collection

Charles Wherry Collection

Pacific Electric Restaurant Menus, December 1941

Posted on: August 2, 2016 by Pacific Electric 2 Comments

 

Charles Wherry Collection

Charles Wherry Collection

Charles Wherry Collection

Charles Wherry Collection

Charles Wherry Collection

Charles Wherry Collection

By Charles Wherry

Here are three photos of a breakfast menu from the Pacific Electric Restaurant at 6th and Main Streets in Los Angeles. The date of 12-41 appears in very small print at the lower right hand corner of the third image.

The cover shows what appears to be a composite photo of Pacific Electric bus no. 1686 superimposed in front of a ‘Butterfly’ Twelve. The number of the 1200 is not discernable, however, a picture of Butterfly no. 1216 posed at a favorite location of PE company photographers just outside the Torrance shops appears to be the locale.

Donald Duke’s Volume 3, Pacific Electric Railway, Southern Division, 148 shows 1216 in an identical pose without the bus.

Reading the menu provides some interesting insights to life and dietary choices in pre WWII 1941. Notice the prices of most meat items have been penciled in and although they appear to be bargains by today's standards, when adjusted for inflation, seem to be inline with today's costs. The 10-cent cup of coffee equates to $1.63 in 2015. The 60-cent Breakfast Steak comes out to $9.76 today
and if you were really hungry the No. 7 Club Breakfast cost a whopping .75 cents, $12.20 today.

“(No Substitutions)“

Charles Wherry Collection

See also this link for more on the PE Restaurant.

 

Mount Lowe Preservation Society Collection

Mount Lowe Preservation Society Collection

A Pacific Electric trolley card advertising excursions to view the United States Navy as it was anchored in Long Beach and San Pedro (undated, possibly 1920s based on art and hand-lettered typography styles). The excursions listed feature round-trip pricing from the Los Angeles terminal and:

Long Beach, San Pedro, Wilmington, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach for only 55 cents
Venice, Playa del Rey, Santa Monica, Ocean Park for only 35 cents
Sea Beach/Anaheim Landing for only 60 cents
Balboa, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach for only $1

Mount Lowe Preservation Society Collection

Rail Artifacts from the Gordon Bachlund Collection

Posted on: July 6, 2013 by Pacific Electric 2 Comments

 

PE interurban headlight acquired from a car (number unknown) at Morgan Yard in Long Beach shortly after cessation of service. Wiring and connectors are original. Generous gift of Gordon Bachlund.

PE interurban headlight acquired from a car (number unknown) at Morgan Yard in Long Beach shortly after cessation of service. Wiring and connectors are original. Generous gift of Gordon Bachlund.

The Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society is extremely gratified by the gifting of key rail artifacts from the Gordon Bachlund Collection.

These items will be part of the on-display collection at our museum when it open to the public in the future.

Artifacts Gifted by Gordon Bachlund, Photos by Steve Crise

Note: the lead image above shows a Pacific Electric headlight from an unknown series; according to PE historian Ralph Cantos, the headlight was from a 400-class "Blimp." Ralph cites this page - click here - as evidence of the larger-dimension headlamps used on the 300-series cars. In addition, Ralph notes that he never saw headlights used interchangeably between 300- and 400-series cars. This would then make the Gordon Bachlund headlight from a 400-class Blimp, as noted by Ralph. - Ed.

Pacific Electric Mount Lowe Timetable (1902)

Posted on: June 18, 2013 by Pacific Electric No Comments

 

Michael Patris Collection

Michael Patris Collection

The Pacific Electric Railway, after making the purchase of the Mount Lowe line, wasted no time in incorporating it into special advertising and timetables. This timetable dates from September 1902 and depicts the triangular PE - Mount Lowe logo, with the vista points Valley, Sea Shore and Mount Lowe named within the logo. Whereas Lowe called his railway, "Earth's Grandest Mountain Ride" the PE continued in the same way by calling it, "Grandest Scenic Trip on Earth." Six double sided panels share the scenic points and cities, including East Los Angeles, Highland Park, Garvanza, South Pasadena, Pasadena and Altadena and "Up and into the Beautiful Sierra Madre Mountains." Offices for ticket information were at 250 S. Spring Street (Stimson block) in Los Angeles and the Pacific Electric Railway Pasadena Office on the SW corner of Colorado and Fair Oaks. Round trip from LA to Alpine Tavern and back was $2.50; trains ran from as early as 8:00 am until 10:00 pm. Also mentioned is the newly constructed "Casino" which was not a gambling establishment, but a dance hall (50' by 100') which was also equipped with a bowling alley and fine croquet grounds.

Michael Patris Collection

Pacific Electric Ticket Book – Dolgeville (1908)

Posted on: June 18, 2013 by Pacific Electric 1 Comment

 

Michael Patris Collection

Michael Patris Collection

The Pacific Electric Railway had special ticket books for frequent passengers. Some were for business folks, some for students and some for entire families, such as this one which allowed passengers to ride between downtown (6th and Main) to Dolgeville, which we all know today as Alhambra. Alfred Dolge set up the Standard Felt Factory after coming to California at the insistence of acquaintance Henry Huntington. Dolgeville was annexed to the city of Alhambra in 1908, the time frame of this ticket book. Tickets from this book were good in either direction.

Michael Patris Collection

Pacific Electric Tower Signs: Arcadia and Claremont

Posted on: November 7, 2012 by Pacific Electric 1 Comment

 

Steve Crise Photo, Steve Crise Collection

Steve Crise Photo, Steve Crise Collection

Pacific Electric tower signs for Arcadia and Claremont grace the collection of imagery and artifacts at the Pasadena Museum of History event through January 2013: Pacific Electric Then and Now, presented by Michael Patris and Steve Crise of the Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society and Mount Lowe Preservation Society.

Steve Crise Photo, Steve Crise Collection

Mount Lowe Railway Golden Spike Tie Pin

Posted on: July 19, 2012 by Pacific Electric No Comments

 

Steve Crise Photo, Mount Lowe Preservation Society Collection

Steve Crise Photo, Mount Lowe Preservation Society Collection

The 1893 Golden Spike tie pin given to Thaddeus Lowe by his workers upon the opening of the Mount Lowe Incline Railway, July 4, 1893. This was one of Lowe's prized possessions and comes via the estate of Thaddeus Lowe, Jr., and gifted to the Mount Lowe Preservation Society by Lowe's heirs.

Steve Crise Photo, Mount Lowe Preservation Society Collection

Mount Lowe Railway Artifacts

Posted on: July 19, 2012 by Pacific Electric No Comments

 

Vic McVey Collection, donated to the Mount Lowe Preservation Society Collection, Steve Crise Photo

Vic McVey Collection, donated to the Mount Lowe Preservation Society Collection, Steve Crise Photo

A group of Mount Lowe artifacts acquired over the year by Vic McVey, including a piece of a railroad tie from either the Alpine Division or One Man and a Mule Railway, a reproduction of the Mount Lowe Railway / Pacific Electric Railway logo, a sample section of the OM&M Railway narrow gauge track, a railroad spike, a piece of the overhead trolley wire, a square nail and copper wire. This piece will be in the upcoming show at the Pasadena Museum of History, running from August 18th through January 13.

Vic McVey Collection, donated to the Mount Lowe Preservation Society Collection, Steve Crise Photo

 

Michael Patris Collection

Michael Patris Collection

Celluloid souvenir pin-back trolley trip button measuring 1.25" in diameter from an unknown manufacturer, promoting Pacific Electric's Old Mission Trolley Trip.

Michael Patris Collection