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The Copra Room, Long Beach, CA (restaurant)
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Posted: 2018-04-03 1:55 pm   Permalink


From the June 6, 1954 review: "The Copra Room, one of the newest and swankiest additions to Long Beach's Broadway restaurant row, has a unique South Sea islands décor. Behind the long, gleaming curved bar is a 36 by 5-foot mural on which skimpily clad, bosomy island maidens cast alluring glances at burly seafaring men just in off the copra boats. There are other similarly attractive murals in the dining room and some gentlemen diners have been known to spend more time gazing at the dusky dolls in the paintings than at the dolls seated at their tables."

I think I can feel the allure of those long-gone glances 60+ years later, I tell you. On the other side of the 1960s/1970s, it's almost quaint to think about how titillating this stuff must have seemed at the time. I'm reminded of the legendary bathroom at the Leilani Hut - so noteworthy there was an article written about it (http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=32715&forum=2&vpost=543452). Spoiler alert: the big excitement was over some very mildly risqué (by today's standards) Alan Wood paintings of Old West scenes.

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