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In Search of Frank Bowers...
TikiVato
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From: Whittier, CA
Posted: 2012-05-18 6:39 pm   Permalink

Let me tempt you some more. This is my view from my front yard overlooking the ocean. I have had many a Mai Tai's and Margarita's watching the sun set.


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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2012-05-18 11:38 pm   Permalink

Mucho Mahalos, Vato, that would be a fun excursion indeed!
....but I won't be back from my movie job in the Alps until mid July. Here's my view while on location :



And here is my view while I am prepping in Munich :



 
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AceExplorer
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From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2012-05-19 05:40 am   Permalink

If I may, I'd like to add to the comments here about Margaritas. I have, in the past two years, come to discover that with tequilas, just like rum, there are huge differences. Having discovered the finer Don Julio tequilas on a business trip, I was surprised how quickly I found myself making comparisons to my discovery many years ago of the differences between crappy and craftsmanship rums. I used to tell everyone I could not tolerate tequila. Then I found that there are truly good-tasting tequilas out there. Now I keep a bottle of Don Julio at home and share the discovery with others. I find the Don Julio brand is way better than the popular Patron brand which I really don't care for. They say Don Julio is "what the locals drink." I'd be interested in what TikiVato knows about this from his time down in Ensenada.

Sorry if this is off-topic...

Frank


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2012-05-19 06:24 am   Permalink

Sounds like my problem, too: I love Margaritas, but don't like to wake up with the feeling of Tequila still in my bloodstream the morning after
But like you said, this is off-topic and should perhaps be answered/discussed in p.m.'s, or in the "Beyond Tiki" section here:

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=3919&forum=6

I wonder what Frank Bowers drank....


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JOHN-O
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Posted: 2012-05-19 1:18 pm   Permalink

Well we do know he enjoyed his drinks. A lot !!

The story that he painted murals to pay off bar tabs has been independently associated with at least 3 locations.


 
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TikiVato
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Posted: 2012-05-19 1:58 pm   Permalink

What an awesome view Sven. That drink is just icing on the cake. I just got home from my expedition. Watta trip but it was way too short. Gotta return so I can pick Alfonso and Alfredo's brains.

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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-05-22 12:17 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-05-18 01:44, bigbrotiki wrote:






That character in the napkin mural painting reminds me of a young Hemingway.



I managed to pick up one of the Vivan Laird Jungle Room postcards.






Did a zoom on the mural



Surely a Frank Bowers in all of its glory.

DC


 
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Tigerlily
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Posted: 2013-01-20 8:13 pm   Permalink

Thanks John-O for the expedition to the Foc'sle today. I loved the mural and have been to the buccaneer a few times, great research here...I showed a friend the photo that you took today and he immediately said that looks like the same guy that did the mural at the buc...

 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2013-01-21 10:11 pm   Permalink

It is high time we get to see a photo of the artiste:





 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2013-03-02 09:59 am   Permalink

Great photo Bigbro. Story?

I saw this menu from the South Seas in Anaheim....



Which confirmed the presence of Frank Bowers murals.







Check out the description of the murals on the back cover.


Feast your eyes indeed!

Vivan Laird must have had a pretty good relationship with Bowers to have his murals in all of her restaurants.

DC


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2013-03-02 10:02 am   Permalink

Ouuuh man...all that lost art...

That even looks like a 3D mural, with that native maiden cut out!


 
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JOHN-O
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Posted: 2013-03-02 2:12 pm   Permalink

Very significant Bowers find. Thanks DC !!

 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2013-03-02 2:42 pm   Permalink

By the way, I am not sure if the menu cover design was done by Bowers. It was a generic template used by other tropical restaurants at the time:



The native maiden here is more in Bowers style than some of the line art on the previous pages, but I tried to compare the palm trees and came back with the impression that Bowers must not have liked them:

Not even in his clearly Polynesian paintings for the Leilani Hut and the Zamboanga did he make much use of them. This is interestingly unusual considering what a standard prop the palm was in any island girl scene at that time!


 
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mrsmiley
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Posted: 2013-03-12 12:54 am   Permalink

More Frank Bowers; http://ketchikanartliveshere.org/art-in-ketchikan/ketchikan-public-art-works/kpaw-index/frank-bowers/
http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4570619216725104&pid=15.1
Frank Bowers


Title: The Gamblers/Saloon Scene

Comments: Painted it to pay for bill
Needs cleaning/poor lighting
At one time, cut in half…only half remains

Created: 1949

Location: Sourdough Bar
301 Front St
Ketchikan, AK 99901

(907) 225-2217

Public Space: Yes , Viewing Hours: When Sourdough Bar is open, can view

.....
From Liveauctioneers in 2011;
http://ts4.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4595873639302263&pid=15.1


TAVERN, 1949, oil painting on canvas, signed and dated lower right, 48 x 42", some perimeter wear, surface scuffs and soiling, otherwise in good condition.

....



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mrsmiley
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Posted: 2013-03-12 01:01 am   Permalink

Frank Howard Bowers grave info;
Birth: Nov. 20, 1905
Death: Dec. 11, 1964


Note: Date of Interment: February 08, 1965

Burial:
Sunnyside Cemetery
Long Beach
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: S W Magnolia, Section 136, Grave 5

Created by: Randall Waldrep
Record added: Feb 08, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7162464


 
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