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The Beachcomber, Victoria, Canada (restaurant)
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 5093
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2013-02-26 6:59 pm   Permalink

Name:The Beachcomber
Street:711 Broughton Street

This is one of those Holy Grail postcards. The first time I have ever seen photos of the Beachcomber restaurant that was located in Victoria, British Columbia.

It is an oversized card with three great photos of the restaurant interior and the exterior.

First, the exterior. That A-frame entry with the Tikis holding it up is super cool. There is even a PNG-style storyboard painting on the A-Frame entrance. And that waterfall in the window to the right - WOW. More Tikis on the wall to the left.

The bar area crammed with lots of visuals.

And the dining room, also full to the brim with all of the Poly Pop classics, from fish-trap lamps, fish net floats, Leeteg nudes and jade tiles. And those great Tiki table lamps.

Back of the card.

As many of you know, this was one of five Beachcomber restaurants located in Canada as listed in these matchbooks I posted previously.

Very happy to get this beauty.


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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11594
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2013-02-26 7:27 pm   Permalink

Wow, great blow-up of the front! The neon A-frame supported by those cool Tikis, and that Tiki diorama window - wonderful!

As for those interiors: One has to be reminded that nobody knew how to light and photograph Tiki temple interiors in the dim, atmospheric lighting that they were designed with. Inside, the customers never saw the rooms lit up into every corner like these postcard photos show them. Really kinda destroys the mystery, doesn't it.

Looks like they had "Luau" table lamps.

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Joined: Jun 07, 2013
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Posted: 2013-06-07 10:51 am   Permalink

HEY! My grandfather ran the defunct Beachcomber in Victoria for some years. Here are some images from the menus from the Edmonton restaurant. Pretty cool!!!
I even have two tiki statues (I'll have to take photos) and my mom had some of the original green chairs and tables from your pictures - they were in our basement for years.




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Joined: Jun 28, 2011
Posts: 35
From: Edmonton AB
Posted: 2013-06-07 10:59 am   Permalink

Great postcards.

Welcome MrsSmith. I would love to hear any stories you can recall about your grandfather's involvement in the tiki scene and his restaurant. Can't wait to see the photos of the tikis.

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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 3434
From: Redondo Beach, CA
Posted: 2013-06-07 1:23 pm   Permalink

Here are the images from MrsSmith that for some reason are not showing up for everybody (anybody?).

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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 5093
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2013-06-20 12:26 pm   Permalink

Mrs Smith,

Hope to see some photos of your Tikis. Here is the menu from the Beachcomber in Victoria that sold on ebay a while back. Different than the other standard menus that were used at multiple locations.


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