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In Search of Frank Bowers...
bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2012-02-28 09:32 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-02-27 21:06, Dustycajun wrote:
Here is a matchbook I saw on ebay from the Casino restaurant located in Long Beach.



Looks like another Frank Bowers art job in his favorite town of Long Beach. Could be another mural location.




DC



Sorry, but I cannot concur on the Bowers origin of the graphic. It looks too slick, like a graphic designer did it. Besides the facial features, the hair alone is quite different. Which does NOT negate the possibility that there was a Bowers mural at that place.



 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-05-02 5:12 pm   Permalink

OK Bigbro, how about this one.

A brochure advertising four different restaurants owned by Vivian Laird.






Frank Bowers?

DC


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2012-05-02 9:54 pm   Permalink

GREAT brochure! ...but not Bowers-illustrated, no way. His style was more painterly, or like sketches, not like a commercial illustrator's single line art.
But I just found another one of his paintings, "The Gamblers", 1949:



It's still hanging, at this bar...



...in this town:



Frank sure got around!


 
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GatorRob
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Posted: 2012-05-04 3:05 pm   Permalink

Ah, 2005 I was IN Ketchikan. Of course, had no idea about the mural.

 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2012-05-12 10:19 pm   Permalink

While I am working on a promising lead regarding Frank Bowers research, in the meantime, if any Tiki agents are going to Ensenada, South of Tijuana, please look up this lead:

"HI MR. MY NAME IS ALFREDO DEREK IM WORK IN CONVENTIÓN CENTER RIVIERA IN ENSENADA MEXICO , IN THIS PLACE WE HAVE A PAINT OF FRANK BOWERS
HERE IN MY TOWN IN MY WORK EX-HOTEL PLAYA IS A MURAL PAINT PLIS CAN YOU
MORE INFORMATIÓN OF THE PAINT OF THE MASTER BOWERS PLIS.

ALFREDO DEREK
CENTRO SOCIAL CIVICO Y CULTURAL RIVIERA DE ENSENADA"

(Disclaimer: This is not some Engrish parody, but a genuine request by a Mexican native of Ensenada)

As far as I can gather, what was the Hotel Playa is now the Cultural Center in town. This place had a "Beachcomber Bar", about which Ron posted here 8 years ago:

Quote:

On 2004-11-16 18:38, bongofury wrote:
Looks like a young Elvis......checkin his fly? This place was a Hotel/Casino opened in 1929 by boxer Jack Dempsey (with alleged backing from Capone). Fell into decline in 1933 and eventually closed. Restored and re-opened in 1977 as the Civic & Cultural center of Ensenada.



Of course, all the pictures are gone on TC! I dimly remember some paper ephemera, but please folks, re-post anything from there here. Adding it all up, it now seems that Bowers painted a mural for it, and it is still there! If I wouldn't be in Munich right now, I would drive down there right now!

Here's further incentive for an expedition to Ensenada:

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=40057&forum=1

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TikiTomD
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Posted: 2012-05-13 08:15 am   Permalink

Sven,

Here are a couple of exterior panoramas of the Riviera Social, Civic and Cultural Center of Ensenada...

This one is by Luis E. Argote B. on
Flickr...




And here is one by Ruth Rieckehoff from her November 12, 2011 blog about visiting Ensenada, Tanama Tales...




In the Spring 1983 issue of The Journal of San Diego History is an article about the history of the Hotel Riviera del Pacífico by Maria Eugenia Bonifaz de Novelo...











Note that the cited original mural artist was Alfredo Ramos Martinez, but as you read through the history of the hotel, much of his effort was apparently destroyed. There certainly would have been opportunities for a Frank Bowers contribution along the way.

It’s odd that I keep running into Tarzan (Johnny Weissmuller) in these history threads. As noted above, his name appears in the hotel register.

I found what appears to be the web site for Centro Social, Cívico y Cultural Riviera. In looking through the photo galleries, I found a bar photo with a mural in it. I’m no Frank Bowers expert, so I don’t know if this could have been his handiwork...




-Tom


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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2012-05-13 10:47 am   Permalink

Aaah, travel by internet, very good, Tom. What a story of human foibles.

Though the mural in the photo might very well be a Bowers, it clearly - and regretfully - does not depict a Beachcomber motif. I was deducting that the Hotel housed the Beachcomber bar from Bonogfury's post in this thread:

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=11894&forum=1

So, either:
A.) It was a misunderstanding, and the Beachcomber Bar was not at this hotel
B.) There was another bar than the one in the photo at the hotel called the Beachcomber - but the mural went away with the bar
C.) - see B.) and the mural is still there, just not shown on the website

I would appreciate it if Messrs. Bosko and Bongfury would chime in here for clarification.


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TikiTomD
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Posted: 2012-05-13 4:17 pm   Permalink

Sven,

While we’re passing time awaiting someone with more definitive information, I did some more internet travel and came across a “Beachcomber Bar” sufficiently steeped in history near Ensenada, but actually on the seaside at the
Rosarito Beach Hotel. The hotel itself opened in 1925 or 1926, and the bar was constructed in 1940...






I couldn’t find a photo in their gallery that seemed to represent the Beachcomber Bar, but the old part of the hotel seems well adorned with stained glass, mosaics and murals...








None of what I see here features any female nudity, a Frank Bowers trademark, but the Beachcomber Bar might have treasures to be viewed that wouldn’t be displayed on a family-friendly hotel web site. There are possibilities to explore here...

And here’s a bit of serendipity brought to you by DustyCajun, filed under Zeta’s Aloha Cafe, Tijuana, Mexico (bar) thread on TC...

Quote:

On 2011-02-13 13:01, Dustycajun wrote:
It seems as though the Aloha had a sister restaurant located in Rosarito called the Beachcomber. I picked up and old drink menu from the Beachcomber.



Nice drink selection from south of the border.




The back of the menu has the same image as the Aloha menu. Unfortunately the information above the image was gone from the glue that held the menu to a scrapbook, so hard to tell the relationship between the two.




DC



-Tom


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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2012-05-13 9:54 pm   Permalink

Thanks Tom, very interesting. I have been to the Rosarito Beach hotel, many moons ago - before my Tiki days. Don't remember any Beachcomber mural... it now seems more likely that this was where the napkin Bosko mentioned was from. If I only could see it again...

 
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TikiVato
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Posted: 2012-05-13 11:10 pm   Permalink

Big Bro,
I have been going to Ensenada since 1971. I have a beach house just south of Ensenada and aware of the cultural center. I have never been inside the bar and was unaware of the Frank Bowers mural. I have made friends that were born there and know some history of the Cultural center.

I will be going to my beach house May 18th for a couple of days. I will try to get into the bar area and take as many pictures as possible. I will try to contact Alfredo Derek and get as much information as I can including any information he may have about the Rosarito Beach Hotel or any other places that may have had any Frank Bowers murals.

I will try and stop by the Rosarito Beach Hotel and speak to anyone that can give me any insight into any Frank Bowers murals.

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Mahalo,

TikiVato


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-05-14 12:19 pm   Permalink

Tiki Vato,

Thanks for volunteering for this mission. Look forward to seeing what you find out.

DC


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2012-05-14 1:36 pm   Permalink

That's great! TC agents coming through again!

Check here for the cocktail napkin to show up eventually - Bosko might be in Europe...


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2012-05-17 09:41 am   Permalink

Bosko came through and sent me an image of the napkin, which as I expected clears up any right or wrong assumptions. It is obvious, by the amount of female nudity alone, that we have a Bowers here. The crude features of the Beachcomber on the left match his style also:



Further obvious is the fact that there WAS a Beachcomber Bar in the Ensenada Riviera also. I seems that the Bowers mural posted by Tom above might be in the former Emperador Cocktail Lounge or dining room. Now the Beachcomber mural must have been a sight to behold ! - yet, because of the amount of nudity in it, I fear the worst for its chances of survival in a social, civic and cultural center. But who knows, maybe political correctness is less pronounced in a Mexican resort town, still.

If we only had Senor Alfredo Derek's e-mail address, we could send him an image of the napkin and ask him if the mural still exists. But even if it doesn't, maybe Tiki Vato can find its original location and see if it was painted over...



 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-05-17 10:39 am   Permalink

Great find Bigbro, thanks to Bosko for sending the napkin over. A Bowers rendering for sure, that must have been a really nice mural (I may have a little more Bowers to add, soon...)

DC


 
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nui 'umi 'umi
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Posted: 2012-05-17 10:41 am   Permalink

I kinda recall a "Bowers" like mural on a wall in the bar at the Bahia hotel in downtown Ensenada. In the 70's the bar was dimly lit,musty,etc but not quite a dive. More a Americanized Ol Mexico noir 30's bar( as opposed to a lounge.) Bourbon and water, jack,or a "sangria preparada estlilo de Guadalajara would have been the appropriate drink request. The Bahaia's website reflects the possibility that there has been a remodel some years ago (new ownership? ). I was last there about ten years ago and not much had changed in the bar. Yesterday I put a bug in my Brother Tikivato's ear. He's gonna try and check it out.
Cheers

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