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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 South Pacific Room - Palm Springs, CA

Item added on January 23, 2008, 8:01 AM
Latest picture added on January 27, 2008, 12:41 PM

The South Pacific Room was located at the El Mirador Hotel in Palm Springs.

From the Historic Site Preservation Board plaque located at 1150 North Indian Canyon, in Palm Springs:

Opening in 1928, El Mirador was one of the most fashionable resorts of its day, catering to movie stars and captains of industry. When the U.S. entered WWII in 1941, the hotel was purchased by the federal government and converted into Torney General Hospital, treating wounded soldiers. After the war, the hotel reopened, but the easterly portion of the property became a community hospital. The hotel closed permanently in 1973 and Desert Hospital was built where the hotel once stood. The main hotel building and its tower remained standing, however, until destroyed by fire in July 1989. This accurate reconstruction was completed in May 1991.

1960's cocktail menu, front cover

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