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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
Tagged cocktails, Fine Dining, Ken Kimes, mid-century, Motels, Motor Hotel, Palm Springs, Sambo's, tiki, Tim Putz, Tropics, urban archeology, Witco
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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
Tagged Book of Tiki, Fine Dining, grand central station, Grand Central Terminal, Guastavino Tiles, Los Angeles, mid-century, New York City, NewYork, oyster bar, Seafood, seafood restaurant, United States
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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
Tagged Casino, Dome of the Sea, Dunes, Dunes Hotel, gambling, Hotel, Las Vegas, Las Vegas Nevada, mid-century, modern, modern architecture, rat pack, retro
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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
Tagged 1950s, bars, camera girl, cigarettes, cocktails, drinking, Gay 90s, mid-century, New York, nightclub, Tijuana