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Arkiva Tropika is the online archive of the collection of Mimi Payne. This large collection includes a wide array of mostly pre-1970 menus, postcards, matchbooks, and paper ephemera souvenir items, mainly from Polynesian and other Exotic themed restaurants, hotels, nightclubs, bars, and the like.

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souvenir menu mailer from Tropics - Kansas City, Missouri

Item added on November 4, 2006, 8:38 PM
Latest picture added on November 4, 2006, 8:46 PM

The Tropics was located at the Hotel Phillips, 12th at Baltimore, in Kansas City, Missouri. The hotel opened in 1931, and boasted "20 Stories of Comfort", which was the tallest building in Kansas City at the time.

Simulated tropical rainstorms would occur every hour at the Tropics (much like the Tonga Room in San Francisco today), and a mechanical hula girl would appear from behind the bar and dance during the storms. This souvenir cocktail menu features drinks with a nod to several tropical islands: Cuba, Haiti, Puerto Rico... and... Manhattan ?

From the menu description: " The Tropics- A world of unbelievable variety- Age old tradition and ultra-modern culture- Intriguing contrasts and irresistible charm. Mystic rituals- Symbolic songs and dances- The witchery of the jungle. Flowers- Music- Laughter. For your pleasure we suggest a selection from these unusual Tropics cocktails."

1950's promotional menu mailer, front cover
1950's promotional menu mailer, inside page spread
1950's promotional menu mailer, inside left page, cocktails
1950's promotional menu mailer, inside right page, cocktails
1950's promotional menu mailer, back cover

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