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The Tropics, Lincoln, IL (restaurant)
tikijackalope
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From: KS/MO
Posted: 2008-11-07 07:34 am   Permalink

I took some pics of The Tropics in 2006 and used them in a blog post about Lincoln this year: http://www.thelope.com/2008/02/lincoln-illinois.html

While doing so, I found a photo online of the exterior circa 1950 and got permission to include it in the post.

The website from which I took the photo has more info on The Tropics in context with its city: http://www.geocities.com/findinglincolnillinois/rte66overview.html
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pafundi
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Posted: 2009-05-23 05:52 am   Permalink

I remember we would stop at the tropics in Lincoln IL on our trips from St Louis to Chicago in the 70's and early 80's. It was never really "tropical" inside. Just burgers and stuff. They closed for remodeling and never reopened that I can remember.

McDonalds and other places like that really hurt them.

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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2010-02-28 12:20 pm   Permalink

Here is anothe postcard I picked up from the Tropics showing an interior shot of Lou's Smorgasbord. You can see some nice bamboo trim work and some fish floats.





Nothing to sexy, just adding it for the historical record.

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Tipsy McStagger
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Posted: 2010-10-31 4:07 pm   Permalink







a variation on the other matchbook posted earlier.


 
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uncle trav
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From: Kalamazoo
Posted: 2011-07-02 5:09 pm   Permalink

Found a great placemat for the Tropics a couple of weeks ago. One of the drinks in the rendering has a rebel flag as a garnish. These have got to be one of the hardest paper items to find for a Polynesian restaurant.







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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2011-07-02 10:49 pm   Permalink

Trav,

Great find. Very hard to come by those place mats indeed.

I wonder where they got the idea to incorporate the New Caledonian door post carving on the place-mat? Really out of context for everything else they did at the Tropics.





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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2011-07-03 12:46 pm   Permalink

I believe that is borrowed from a Trader Vic's menu. Vic used lotsa New Caledonian door posts in his early places. I proposed it for a T.V.'s mug, once.

Great place mat, indeed the rarest of all paper ephemera to find, as they were made to get soiled and tossed instantly.


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-02-19 12:29 pm   Permalink

I got this matchbook that has a nice rendering of the Tropics sign.





A quick google maps search shows that the sign is still there (amazingly). Hope it ends up in a museum some day.

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Hakalugi
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Posted: 2014-04-29 10:54 pm   Permalink

Here's a great article on The Tropics forwarded to me by the author Jessica Lema. Thanks Jessica!

Remembering The Tropics: Lincoln, Illinois' Route 66 roadside oasis



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