Monthly Archives: March 2011

Palm Springs’ Congo Room & Cellar at the Tropics Motor Hotel

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The Ken Kimes chain of Tropics Motor Hotels included an outpost in Palm Springs that opened circa 1964.  Scattered amidst the lushly landscaped property were tikis of various sizes that punctuated the tropical theme. Kimes leased the hotel’s food and … Continue reading

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Grand Central Oyster Bar Video

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For my upcoming book on American nightlife I’m including examples of some of the best continental style fine dining restaurants remaining in these United States.  Mr. Sven A. Kirsten (of Book of Tiki fame) is my brilliant photographer and together … Continue reading

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Supercool 1962 Las Vegas Dunes Concept Rendering

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I just found this incredible rendering of the Las Vegas Dunes Hotel from 1962 that shows the original concept by Chicago-based architect Milton M. Schwartz.  Compare this with the actual as-built hotel that I showed in my January 30, 2011 … Continue reading

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Camera Girl Captures Essence of 1950s Nightclubbers

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The girl wandering around with her big camera and flash was a ubiquitous feature of American nightclubs prior to the 1970s.  Generally, people posed stiffly.  But every once in a while the camera captured the essence of a couple, such … Continue reading

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