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tikicoma
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From: wakinekona
Posted: 2016-05-01 9:51 pm   Permalink

A mural that was once in the cocktail lounge at Mar-Lin-Do Lanes, Burbank.



The lanes closed 8/84 to be replaced with apartments. Photo from Marlindo Memories.


 
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nui 'umi 'umi
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From: La Mirada Atoll
Posted: 2016-05-01 10:55 pm   Permalink

TC, using that bottle of what I think is Galiano for scale ,I d guess thats about a 3x 8 foot section of the mural. Im afraid to ask what became of it?
Mahalo


 
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King Bushwich the 33rd
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From: Ling Cod Beach, CA 90803
Posted: 2016-07-17 01:03 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-09-05 13:52, azurebird wrote:


Hi folks, I am an art dealer in Fallbrook and new to this forum. A client showed me these two paintings they own by Frank and Vicki Bowers this morning and I am trying to get more information about the artists beyond the obvious. One painting is signed by both artists and dated 1951. It is supposedly out of a deceased bar in the Long Beach area called the Ark hence the subject matter. One mural is 48 x 55, the other 48 x 60".

A quick search turned up nothing on the particular saloon and I guess the name could be off but I will continue to research the matter. Any help that you can provide will be appreciated. I will probably get them cleaned (they are filthy) and then sell them.

Sincerely,

Robert Sommers
Blue Heron Gallery




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Probably nobody cares about this after all these years but I found this information and just had to post it to share.

ARK CAFE 5029 East Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA
not sure when it opened/closed but it was open in the 1960's and it's gone now



Here is owner Bud Seig






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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2016-07-17 03:17 am   Permalink

I for one DO care. I love bar murals, and this thread has become THE source of reference when anybody searches for Frank Bowers on the web.

Frank must have painted a mural in every bar in Long Beach, it seems


 
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msteeln
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From: Ka'a'awa, HI
Posted: 2016-08-06 4:41 pm   Permalink

forgive me if this site is well known https://lamodern.com/2013/09/frank-bowers-l-a-muralist/

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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2016-08-08 10:24 am   Permalink

Well, it's been posted here before, and has gleaned much of its info from this TC thread


 
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Hakalugi
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From: Redondo Beach, CA
Posted: 2016-11-21 10:52 am   Permalink

Here's another Frank Bowers mural, this one is a circus theme in three parts. The owner sent me these images as well as the following message. Any leads?


Quote:
Hello,
I purchased a Frank & Vicki Bowers Circus Mural about 20 years ago. I rolled it up and put it into storage. I am wondering if you might have any Ideas as to which Bar Room it may have come from. I purchased from an estate liquidator in the city of Commerce,CA., who referred to it as a former Dive Bar Art Piece. I will appreciate any help that you can offer in locating the original display location for the Circus Mural Art. The center piece is 75" x 48" and the two flanks are 57" x 40".
Thanks and Best Regards,












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Or Got Rum?
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From: Wisconsin
Posted: 2016-11-21 11:02 am   Permalink

Many Thanks Hak...anything new is awesome...LOVE me some Bowers...DON'T care for clowns.

 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2016-11-25 7:48 pm   Permalink

Cool! He managed to get some boobs in -barely- in the form of the organ carriage. That must have been a strange dive bar! Maybe a clown hang-out?

 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2016-11-26 06:48 am   Permalink

Some clown will buy these.
No really, sell them at a clown convention, or even the casino Circus Circus in Las Vegas.
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Or Got Rum?
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From: Wisconsin
Posted: 2016-11-26 07:38 am   Permalink

Maybe Stephen King! Haha..Sven said Organ Carriage. Seriously, I DON'T LIKE CLOWNS...childhood nightmares. Does anyone really like them?

 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2017-08-11 09:55 am   Permalink

Fund this photo on-line of a mural at the Station Compliment NCO Club that sure looks to be the work of Frank Bowers. Amazing mural wrapped around the doors to the officers club.



I could not find out where Station Compliment was located?


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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2017-08-11 11:03 am   Permalink

Could it be that Station Compliment is a unit name and not a location? Like a support unit for transportation, communication etc? Looks like Michael George Sosnoskie served in WWII but I don't have an Ancestry account so I can't see any details. Born 1908 in Northumberland, Pennsylvania but I don't know where he served. Ancestrydotcom has bought all the genealogy and records sites so you can't get anything free anymore

 
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HopeChest
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From: East Bay, CA
Posted: 2017-08-11 11:22 am   Permalink

Any chance Bowers went to Florida? I can track Michael Sosnoskie to Camp Blanding, FL in the early '40s. I also found this:

Construction was begun on an installation suitable for accommodating one Brigade shortly after the purchase of the Camp Blanding site. The facilities consisted of two Regimental Headquarters buildings facing opposite sides of a parade field, and behind each headquarters building, a row of administrative buildings, mess halls and latrines. The plan was to house virtually all of the Summer Camp troops in tents near these buildings. Construction also was begun on an Officer's Club overlooking Kingsley lake. The club was named Cooper Hall, in honor of then Capt. Ralph W. Cooper, who, as State Quartermaster, supervised construction of the initial facilities. Capt. Cooper would later retire as a Brigadier General.

As fate would have it, the World War II mobilization brought Federal troops to Camp Blanding before the Officer's Club was ready for occupancy, and the Florida National Guard officers who designed and built Cooper Hall were not allowed to use it until after he war. (Cooper Hall was to become the Officer's Club for the Station Complement -primarily the doctors and nurses at the Camp Blanding Station Hospital. Other officers assigned to the Post would use other clubs.)



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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2017-08-11 1:10 pm   Permalink

"Frank had three children, Jackson Bowers who drummed with Gene Krupa and disappeared somewhere in Florida around 1947 or 1948"

Hmmm... Maybe?


 
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