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The Tropics, Dayton, Ohio (restaurant)
SufferinSimon
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From: The Enchanted Isle of Dayton, Ohio
Posted: 2008-08-05 10:46 pm   Permalink

Name:The Tropics
Type:restaurant
Street:1721 N. Main St.
City:Dayton
State:OH
Zip:45405
country:USA
Phone:CRestview8-4241
Status:defunct

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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2008-08-08 2:29 pm   Permalink

Here is the information I have on The Tropics in Dayton, Ohio. It was owned by Georgie Rudin. This post card I have of the exterior is dated 1967 on the back.





Here are a few menus I found on Mimi's and Mike's web sites. It looks like Georgie knew how to serve a good Tiki drink back in the day.






Here is a matchbook from Swanky's web site. Looks like ol Georgie boy liked his ladies too.






 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-08-11 9:44 pm   Permalink

The Tropics was a Tiki power place, even if it started out in Pre-Tiki style (see postcard below). Georgie Rudin was the Don the Beachcomber/Stephen Crane of Ohio. Somewhere I have his bio but I cannot find it right now...





Like I said, this must be early 50s, not one Tiki...



..but some nice classic murals!


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2008-08-11 10:16 pm   Permalink

Great card Bigbro. This is the first time I have seen the inside of Georgie's Tropics. I love all of the different rooms. How about a closer look at that Outrigger Show Bar and Bamboo Lounge, please.

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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2008-08-11 11:28 pm   Permalink

I'll try, I owe ya. Today was my big scanning day, got it all done, now I am running out of time before I leave for Oasis and then Berlin/St. Petersburg...

 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2008-09-08 11:12 pm   Permalink

Here is another matchbook from The Tropics. The inside has got a nice little drawing of old Georgie boy himself.





 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-04-18 08:56 am   Permalink

Another great matchbook from The Tropics.









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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-10-25 11:37 am   Permalink

Saw this matchbook from the Tropics on ebay.





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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2009-10-25 1:17 pm   Permalink

Naaaice! Is it a "embossed breasts" cover also? Did you win it, or just clip it? Imagine how these matchbooks must have impressed young boys if the adults ever left one laying around! They still impress this OLD boy, at that.

 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-11-06 12:32 pm   Permalink

Birbro,

Just got the images on the matchbook. Also saw this salt shaker on ebay from the Tropics. First time I have seen a ceramic souvenir from this place. I wonder if they had mugs at one point?





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crushenstein
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From: Portland, OR
Posted: 2010-01-09 01:18 am   Permalink

i think these may be their mugs...





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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-01-09 06:16 am   Permalink

It would help to know where this image is from. There were many Tropics restaurants (not counting the Motels): in Denver, Detroit, Florida, Hawaii, Beverly Hills, Kansas City, Wichita, Illinois...

Wait, just found them in Collecting Tiki. So you found them in Portland? Though many places used the bamboo font, the one on that Tropics menu (also in Tiki Modern page 140) is indeed the closest match, if not identical. I would love to see a close up of those masks on the sides of the font.

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crushenstein
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From: Portland, OR
Posted: 2010-01-09 08:22 am   Permalink

sven,

the tikis on the sides of the font look identical to the one on the menu. i'll try to post a better picture of them later today...my camera's batteries just died!

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Posted: 2010-01-09 09:43 am   Permalink

Here it is today...looks like a prison now...

http://maps.google.com/maps?client=safari&q=1721+N+Main+St,+Dayton+OH&oe=UTF-8&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=1721+N+Main+St,+Dayton,+Montgomery,+Ohio+45405&gl=us&ei=zL9IS9mIOoaGswPnvq3WAw&ved=0CAsQ8gEwAA&ll=39.77902,-84.205247&spn=0.000758,0.001047&t=h&z=20&layer=c&cbll=39.778958,-84.205168&panoid=BQZ93FcXPZPuwfWt7yw9rw&cbp=12,222.31,,0,5.08
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Posted: 2010-01-09 09:43 am   Permalink

Here it is today...looks like a prison now...


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