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QUINN'S mystery mugs....anyone know anything about these?
Tipsy McStagger
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Posted: 2010-06-13 7:09 pm   Permalink

okay- i found these today and i knew i saw something here on t.c. about them but all it was was this pic from another thread....








i assume from the logo that these coffee cups are from this place, where ever that is.....anyone have any more info ?? -thanks!









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kingstiedye
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Posted: 2010-06-13 9:11 pm   Permalink

sounds like an eskimo joint to me.

 
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Tipsy McStagger
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Posted: 2010-06-13 9:33 pm   Permalink

you've not seen nothing like it......

 
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Hakalugi
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Posted: 2010-06-13 9:36 pm   Permalink

Seeing as that the vinyl was from Tiare Tahiti Records, a quick Google search of Quinn's and Tahiti turned up these images:





Apparently Quinn's was located in the Capital City of Tahiti, Papeete.

It also shows up briefly at the minute and a half mark of this British newsreel from 1961:
http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=68724






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Hakalugi
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Posted: 2010-06-13 9:47 pm   Permalink

Oh, and nice find!

 
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Tipsy McStagger
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Posted: 2010-06-14 04:24 am   Permalink


cool- thanks!! who knew? those cups made quite a journey to end up in the midwest.


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2010-06-14 09:01 am   Permalink

Tipsy,

Nice find on those mugs. Quinn's was an infamous bar in Papeete that was frequented by Edward Leeteg.

Here is a better scan of the postcard.






It closed in 1973. I found this cool story in the LA times archives that attributes Quinn's to Leeteg's death.


As the most notorious bar in French Polynesia, Quinn's was where the painter Leeteg belted one too many one night, then climbed aboard his moped and spun off on a trip to eternity, colliding head-on with a tree.

When they tore down Quinn's it was like disassembling the Eiffel Tower. Or uprooting the cable cars in San Francisco. Quinn's was a tourist attraction, an institution, the watering hole of Tahitians and tourists, French sailors and foreign legionnaires.

Nearly every tourist who ever set foot in Papeete rushed headlong to Quinn's to kick back and join the wicked who made Quinn's their home base. Well, the timorous did a detour, maybe, but the adventurous were fascinated with the motley crowd that kept the cash register ringing.

Without a doubt, Quinn's was the most shameful bar in the entire Pacific. Customers ducked flying beer bottles while Suzy No Pants danced with the legendary Bali Hai Boys.
Papeete

There's never been a bar like it. Ever. It roared day and night. It was a bamboo jungle, a grimy, stinking, crowded waterfront joint that smelled of stale beer and disinfectant. In the old days, after closing time at Quinn's, everyone revved up their mopeds and roared off to Lafayette's whose reputation was every bit as lurid as Quinn's.

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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-06-14 09:18 am   Permalink

Ha, DC, you beat me to it! Nice postcard! Here is MY original post I just wrote:

Hey, I'll take one of those, wanna trade? That one would go right next to my Tahitian Lanai mug!
Here's some info to increase their mythic value:

Quinn's was perhaps THE quintessential South Seas bar, because it was a real bar in a real South Seas harbor, with real sailors and native Wahines getting drunk together on rum. And it was Edgar Leeteg's "headquarters" in Papeete:



And here Quinn's general history:




 
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Zeta
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Posted: 2010-06-14 10:11 am   Permalink

Awesome! Thank you all! I think Tipsy McStagger should create a thread for QUINN'S in Locating Tiki, but wait... is it tiki? (I say yes, but... no)
So inspiring anyway! So graphic! The real thing! I feel like I been there many times...

Appendix:
WARNING: Open question, do not derail this thread.
What was Gaugin's bar of choice during his first visit? (We all know that later he became a hermit with boxes and boxes full of absinthe)
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Tipsy McStagger
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Posted: 2010-06-14 10:48 am   Permalink


i wonder if leeteg drank out of one of these?? great info everyone..what a crazy history and bar....now if only i had an original leeteg i could display both together.....i wonder if these belong in the crypto mug thread?? were there anymore items from quinn's that have surfaced?? there might be others...for a dive bar, these cups are actually really nice....not what one would expect of a place where one has to dodge flying beer bottles.....


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-06-14 11:11 am   Permalink

I would think they are from the post-Leeteg period, I am sure Quinn's eventually tried to capitalize on its fame, and made mementos like these for sale. How far back does the custom of imprinted restaurant ware go? Where were these made? Where are the dish collectors who can tell?

 
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Tipsy McStagger
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Posted: 2010-06-14 2:47 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-06-14 11:11, bigbrotiki wrote:
I would think they are from the post-Leeteg period, I am sure Quinn's eventually tried to capitalize on its fame, and made mementos like these for sale. How far back does the custom of imprinted restaurant ware go? Where were these made? Where are the dish collectors who can tell?



you may be right- these definately have that vintage look with the painted bases, but these must be from the late 60's up till it closed in 73'....i don't see any sense in making souveniers of a place after it has been torn down. there is a makers mark on the bottom with the name of the china co. that made them....i'll post it when i get home later today...


 
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Tipsy McStagger
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Posted: 2010-06-14 5:59 pm   Permalink


okay- on the bottom they are marked mayer china and then (something) falls and state initials i cant make out (looks like indiana)....made in u.s.a.


 
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2010-06-14 7:14 pm   Permalink

Mayer China Co, Beaver Falls Pa. the company started in 1881 and is still in business today I believe. I believe marking restaurant ware dates back to at least the 1880's. As for the date of your mugs I'm not sure but a great find.

P.s. Just added Quinn"s to the list of restaurant ware on page one of the thread.
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?mode=viewtopic&topic=34296&forum=5&start=0
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TabooDan
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Posted: 2010-06-16 5:57 pm   Permalink

Nice find Tipsy!! I bet they could tell some stories!
The bamboo font on the mug is pretty cool and I like the colored base as opposed to just plain white.

Here is a record from 1965 that's called "Tahiti Yesterday and Today". This record features two bands and on the first side is the band called "Quinn's Combo". This seems to be the house band that played at Quinn's Restaurant in Papeete. Also sounds like they were a sight to see.



On the back of the album it says:

"Everybody who goes to Tahiti and it's capital city of Papeete eventually winds up at Quinn's Club, a water-front rendezvous that's a "must" for tourists. RCA Victor went to Quinn's to record a live performance of the club's prime attraction - Quinn's Combo, which plays and sings Tahitian melodies in today's tempos.
Artfully combining amplified guitars, drum, accordion and melodious voices, Quinn's Combo darts merrily through six Tahitian songs with an up-date beat that would have flipped Captain Cook. The beat is swingable and twistable, but paramount in the presentation are the exciting simplicity of these native songs and the unfettered gaiety with which Quinn's Combo interprets them. And so, "Tahiti Today"."

Geez.... I wish I could take credit for writing some of that but that's what it says on the back of the record!

Kind of cool to hear a bit about a place that seems to have been a pretty big part of the Tahitian scene. Come on.....Leeteg hang out there!! What a great history this Quinn's had! I wonder if there were any Leeteg related items in there? Maybe a photo in memoriam over the bar or possibly a velvet hanging up? That would have been pretty cool to check out.

Mahalo, TabooDan


 
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