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Monte Proser's Beachcomber, New York and Other Locations
Swanky
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2011-11-22 08:46 am   Permalink

Maybe post-DtB legal action:

Monte opens a place in Penn called the Playhouse Inn

With all the same food and drink of thr Beachcomber... except there is no Zombie on the menu, at least by name...
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2011-11-23 09:27 am   Permalink

Swank man, who invented the "Vie en Rose" cocktail? That also was the name of one of Monte's many clubs:



 
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TikiTomD
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Posted: 2011-11-24 2:42 pm   Permalink

For another TC thread that delves into Monte Proser, see http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=41646&forum=1.

I ran across this web site that has images of memorabilia from the 1939 New York Worlds Fair:

http://cartoonsof1939.blogspot.com/2010/05/new-york-worlds-fair-1939.html

Among them was this souvenir of "Monte Proser's Zombie, The Meeting Place on the Midway"...




Another finding was this 1940s postcard image advertising the Copacabana:






This 1940s video collage has some wonderful vignettes of the Copacabana at the beginning and end, including images of Monte Proser and Jane Ball:

http://3a.17.1243.static.theplanet.com/video/copa-characters-1206578060

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TikiTomD
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Posted: 2011-11-25 12:12 pm   Permalink

A 2006 book, The Copacabana by Kristin Baggelaar, states how the Copacabana logo came about...




A 2010 book, Helluva Town: The Story of New York City During World War II by Richard Goldstein, gives some additional details...




-Tom


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-05-01 6:24 pm   Permalink

An ad from a St. Patty's day party at the Miami Beachcomber.



Zombie, Zombie, Zombie, Zombie, Zombie, Zombie, Zombie! I wonder what drink they were selling, maybe a green Zombie?

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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-05-29 12:34 pm   Permalink

Here is an old glass Beachcomber swizzle from Miami Beach that I grabbed images of.





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Or Got Rum?
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Posted: 2012-05-30 07:26 am   Permalink

Some Post Monte Proser action from the Bay...

with the Zombie....love the Bali Hi/Bali Lo thing


Great thread DC!
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Or Got Rum?
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Posted: 2012-06-18 1:11 pm   Permalink

I picked up an interesting matchcover for the Beachcomber in Miami. It is a slightly different version (not as cartoon like) for the Beachcomber and the 5 O'Clock Club owned both by Sam and Joe Barken...not Monte Proser. It has the same phone as Monte's did though.




In further web research a 1942 article states ...Barken (who then owns just The 5 O'Clock Club) and Ben Gaines, Sam Gaines, and Lou Walters (who together own The Beachcomber, Vanderbilt Hotel, Latin Quarter, and the Casanova) are all buying Government Defense Bonds and are encouraging other business owners to do the same.

In a 1944 article the Barken's now own the Beachcomber and are "going to New York to book Sophie Tucker, Danny Thomas, Joe E Lewis, and Bette Baker for the upcoming season."

In a 1959 article, the Barken's had the Beachcomber sold, but the buyer dropped off the face of the earth and they were now trying to rent it.

I believe this was the time period for it's Swan Song. A few pics from it's glory days gleaned from "Florida Memory" web site.








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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2012-06-18 11:28 pm   Permalink

Good to see a full frame exterior of this location, what a great streamline moderne building!

 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-07-19 1:04 pm   Permalink

Tiki Tom D,

Nice find on that paper from the Worlds Fair, have not seen that before.

OGR,

Great photos, really nice to see the exterior of these old places.

Here is another souvenir photo holder from The Beachcomber.






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WestADad
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Posted: 2012-07-19 1:14 pm   Permalink

I don't understand the Frida Kahlo connection with your last picture DC. Care to elaborate?

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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2012-07-19 1:37 pm   Permalink

Wha...? Does the table cloth match?

 
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WestADad
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Posted: 2012-07-19 1:48 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-07-19 13:37, bigbrotiki wrote:
Wha...? Does the table cloth match?



The moment I saw the picture, I said, "That's Frida Kahlo". Does it not to you Sven?

Chris
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-07-19 1:59 pm   Permalink

That is the actual picture from the photo holder! I thought the same thing about the table cloth.

It could be Frida!



Frida Kahlo was Tiki!

DC


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2012-07-19 2:17 pm   Permalink

F'course it's her!...





...and the tablecloths match. Note the three seated natives.

Her photo is kinda grainy though....who got the folder?





 
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