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Don the Beachcomber, Chicago
Tipsy McStagger
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From: HELL
Posted: 2013-11-22 7:26 pm   Permalink

one more photo came across my desk today - it's actually the embers supper club but if you look carefully, next door was don's and you can see the neon sign lit up....





 
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Swanky
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2014-10-01 06:29 am   Permalink

Found this DtB Chicago token. I've seen these in my Knoxville research and always assumed they were a 19th century thing. I mean, making your own money to buy stuff in a bar? I had the DtB Waikiki Aka Dala for a long time and figured it was a Hawaii before statehood thing. I would guess this is from the 40s, but just a guess. When drinks at Don's were 60-100 cents, a 1/20th dollar token wasn't as useless as it would be today. How one got these tokens I would like to know. I have visions of a slot machine in the lobby...




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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2014-12-03 3:32 pm   Permalink

Swanky,

Very cool token. I spotted this fairly rare old postcard from DTB Chicago showing the Cannibal Room bar, the Zombie Room, the Tahitian Room and the old neon sign.




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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2017-01-16 07:24 am   Permalink

I finally managed to find one of the oversized postcards from the Chicago Don the Beachcomber.



Here are some close up scans of the individual scenes.

The Cannibal Room bar.



Zombie Room




Tahitian Room



Neon Sign



Another photo of the sign.



And a few old tourist photos of ladies in front of the sign from ebay.



DC


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2017-01-18 9:47 pm   Permalink

Congrats! - and WHY, oh brethren, was the Cannibal Room called the Cannibal Room?

 
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2017-01-19 04:07 am   Permalink

Another great find D.C. Would the name have anything to do with the carved poles on the bar?
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Luckydesigns
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Posted: 2017-01-19 4:59 pm   Permalink

Did they have cannibal tikis in the Cannibal Room? ...Like the headhunter ones at La Mariana?
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2017-01-19 5:54 pm   Permalink

That's right Bob, you just won a new car!!

The Cannibal Room was named for the cannibal carvings on the poles as seen in these close ups from another postcard in my collecti0n.





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Swanky
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Posted: 2017-01-20 05:34 am   Permalink



And for the cannibal trio behind the bar as well...
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RevBambooBen
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From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2017-01-23 09:40 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2017-01-16 07:24, Dustycajun wrote:
I finally managed to find one of the oversized postcards from the Chicago Don the Beachcomber.



Here are some close up scans of the individual scenes.

The Cannibal Room bar.



Zombie Room




Tahitian Room



Neon Sign



Another photo of the sign.



And a few old tourist photos of ladies in front of the sign from ebay.



DC



Wonder if this was before or after Eli supplied them with Tiki's
as the article in the Aku Aku post said?

I think I have an Eli photo that says Zombie Room.

Will have to put all this together for my future book.


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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2017-01-23 11:04 am   Permalink

Bamboo Ben,

The back of the postcard reads:

"Recipient of the coveted "Holiday Magazine Award for Dining Distinctions" as one of the outstanding restaurants in the United States for fifteen consecutive years."

The Holiday Magazine awards started in 1952 so that puts the postcard at 1967 (or later). This would be after the 1961 article in the Aku Aku thread about Eli shipping Tiki's to the Chicago Don the Beachcomber.

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From: Menifee, CA
Posted: 2017-07-09 4:39 pm   Permalink

Ad for Don's




 
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