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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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cocktail menu from Kelbo's Hawaiian Bar-B-Q - Los Angeles, CA

Item added on November 7, 2006, 4:27 PM
Latest picture added on November 7, 2006, 4:35 PM

Kelbo's ( named after owners Thomas Kelley & Jack Bouck ) had 2 locations in the Los Angeles area: one at 101 N. Fairfax in Hollywood, and one at 11434 W. Pico Blvd.

From the back of this 1950's cocktail menu :

"Let go of your fishing nets, paddles, and spears. Gather round our coconut tree and listen ! Hiki No ! ( It can be done). We have found the answer to dark forbidden secrets - the combinations - the "Tropkols"- the guarded pinches of ingredients - the shakes and rattles of mysterious urns and flasks that make up a true Tropical drink ! For as long as fifteen yers, we have quested and culled, sipped and scented enough potions, punches and libations to literally float several war canoes off into the "Blue Pacific".

These pleasant studies of the recipes of natives, warriors, Bengal Lancers, queens, kings, and just ordinary people of the primitive past to the present - of the Orient, Occident, and the South Seas, on the subject of "What makes a great drink?" has enabled us to unlock many carefully guarded secrets and to make this statement without blatant boasting. We, Kelbo's, make the greatest tasting tropical drinks in the world! The most varied ! The most novel !

With this initial copy of our drink list, we are inviting you and your friends to join us in the pioneering of a new field of pleasurable, exotic drinking and in the initiation of several more Kelbo's "firsts" : For the first time - anywhere in the world - the featuring of Tropical Gin and Vodka drinks in such a grand scale, novel manner and on a par with rum...For the first tim - "Tropkols" - our name given to certain of our select cocktail sand punches where we use a combination of our premium tropical ingredients with rare spirits to bring out the ultimate in taste treat... For the fist time - publicly presented - the use of "Fresh Hawaiian Passion Fruit Juice" ( mentioned in Biblical times) with tropical drinks. A continental United States first ! For the first time - fresh Hawaiian Guava and Papaya Fruit Nectars publicly acknowledged as drect credit in helping make our tropical drinks so refreshing above others.

We are able to bring about these "Firsts" because of our top research personnel, our diligent modern research methods, and to back these - whole warehouses full of exotic and rare ingredients, herbs and spices. Our rum drinks are greater and ever ! SO great that our bartenders have won first place in the 1953 West coast United Kingdom bartenders Guild competetion and the 1954 World Competition at Berne, Switzerland.

You, our guest , are now premiering our World introduction of an exciting event which we feel will make pleasant drink history "Tropkols" and true tropical gin and vodka drinks. This means we can now offer you greater ! More exciting ! More varied tropical adventures in tropical drinking that go so well with our World Famous Habit Forming spareribs and Hawaiian baked beans. It all adds up for the finest topical drinks the whole world for you.


Your hosts,


Thomas KELley and Jack BOuck !"

1950's cocktail menu, front cover
1950's cocktail menu, inside page spread
1950's cocktail menu, inside left page
1950's cocktail menu, inside right page
1950's cocktail menu, back cover w/greeting from Kelbo's

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