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Kansas City: The Tropics - was it tiki?
Dustycajun
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Posted: 2010-08-09 4:29 pm   Permalink

Silverline,

Great postcard, never seen that one before. In addition to the great mural, it looks like leopard print fabric on the booths.



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SilverLine
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From: Kansas City
Posted: 2010-08-09 7:25 pm   Permalink

Now that I really look this card over, I'm pretty sure it isn't a postcard. It measures 9"x4" and has nothing on the back. This may be more of a promotional card given to guests at the hotel. It mentions the "New Look Now" but there's no date information anywhere. Oh well, such is the case of historical research; often more questions are created with each one answered.



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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2011-11-09 7:49 pm   Permalink

I picked up a swizzle set from the Hotel Phillips.

One hula girl swizzle from the Tropics





And one Cabarello swizzle from the Mexican themed Cabana room.





Cool swizzles.




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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-10-14 11:23 am   Permalink

Here is a postcard menu from my collection from the Tropics at the Hotel Phillips.



Some fun drink imagery from the around the world...



and the South Seas



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kraken
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Joined: Jun 17, 2011
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From: SF Bay area
Posted: 2012-10-14 4:58 pm   Permalink

So San Francisco's beloved Tonga Room did not
have a monopoly on simulated thunderstorms.
I wonder where The Tropics put the rainfall, since
I did not see a water feature in the photos? Or
perhaps it was just lightning flashes and sound
effects? Does anyone know?

Come to think of it, does anyone know of any other
tiki or tropical bars that simulate thunderstorms?


 
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Bora Boris
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Posted: 2012-10-14 5:11 pm   Permalink

Sure, The Mai Kai, Bob Brook's 7 Seas in Hollywood and the Original Don The Beachcomber in Hollywood. Sadly the Mai Kai and the Tonga Room are the only ones still storming it up.

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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-10-14 9:17 pm   Permalink

There were lots of places that used the rain on the roof theme. As far as I, Donn invented it as depicted in this article:

"Then he opened a new style of restaurant, gambling that in those Depression years diners would enjoy spending a few hours in a South Seas fantasy world, amid tiki carvings, thatched roofs, bamboo furniture and rain falling on the roof.

He graciously supplied the rain, produced from a garden hose, theorizing that drinkers tended to hang around for another round if it was pouring outside."

Others that advertised the rain on the roof:

Tropics, Detroit
7 Seas, San Francisco
Tahiti, Santa Monica
South Seas, San Diego
South Seas, Lincolnwood
Pago Pago, Long Beach

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tikilongbeach
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From: Long Beach, CA via Dallas, TX
Posted: 2013-09-13 3:07 pm   Permalink

This tablecloth from the Tropics is for sale on etsy.com. $125.00.

Interesting, the hotel has been fixed up and made into a boutique hotel.
www.hotelphillips.com





From the seller:

Fabulous tropical print tablecloth called The Tropics from the Hotel Phillips in Kansas City. Bright yellow, white and green linen. Probably dates from the 1940s. Hula Dancer in center with Hotel Phillips. Palm tree in each corner.

The Hotel Phillips was built in downtown Kansas City in 1931. The 20-story, 450-room hotel was the tallest in the Midwest, and the only commercial structure with a radio receiver in every room. Most notable for the haberdasher on the ground floor Harry S. Truman.

Many of the Art Deco details from the 1930s remain today: the elaborate bronze and nickel metalwork, lustrous walnut paneling, stylish light fixtures and black glass on the ceiling that creates the illusion of endless space. Back then, as now, gazing over the lobby is a gilded 11-foot likeness of the goddess of Dawn, known as the mother of the stars.

APPROX. SIZE: 48" x 48"

www.etsy.com/listing/151562193/vintage-hotel-phillips-tablecloth-the?ref=sr_gallery_16&ga_search_query=tropical+hotel&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_search_type=all




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8FT Tiki
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From: Kansas City, MO
Posted: 2013-12-24 07:46 am   Permalink

It has been previously determined that the TROPICS was a pre-tiki era establishment. But as the search for more a specific time-line of its operation is still ongoing, I did find an interesting lot of song cards recently. Before the jukebox became a cheaper alternative to live music in many entertainment spots, there were many, many live entertainers touring the country. Small acts like these were the norm for entertainment at the TROPICS. Instead of dropping a coin in the jukebox and picking your own song selection, back then you wrote a song title on the card and passed it to the waitress or the entertainer themselves. Here are a five examples of these cards featuring entertainers that you have probably never heard of. To photo these I opened them up so photo 1 is the outside cover (front and back) and photo 2 is the inside pages. I bet they had a lot of fun there at the TROPICS back in the day!






























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