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Bob's Bamboo Room Souvenir Photo
Rapa Nui Rich
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Joined: Aug 02, 2009
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From: Pacific Beach, CA
Posted: 2013-08-03 1:07 pm   Permalink



Just scored this 1942 souvenir photo folder from Bob's Bamboo Room, Balboa in Newport Beach.

According to the description, The Bamboo Room was the place to go for enlisted men during the war years. Lots of ambiance & pretty women.

In 1943 the legendary swing club and watering hole burned to the ground under mysterious circumstances - the cause of the fire was never determined.

The Bamboo Room was owned by Bob Murphy and was a favorite dance club for WWII service men. It was so popular that a sign was hung on its burnt-out frame stating, "20,000 Santa Ana, Army Air Force Cadets are out of a home." Murphy managed to rebuild, but the Bamboo Room was torn down for good in the 1950s. The site is now a restaurant parking lot.
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TikiTacky
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Joined: Nov 23, 2010
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Posted: 2013-08-03 1:11 pm   Permalink

Neat piece of history! Was there a photo inside?

 
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Rapa Nui Rich
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Joined: Aug 02, 2009
Posts: 20
From: Pacific Beach, CA
Posted: 2013-08-03 3:01 pm   Permalink



Here's the inside photo. Not as nice as the cover and I'd love to know the story behind the cutouts!
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