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Old Don The Beachcomber Chicago Restaurant Advertising Match Book
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Don The Beachcomber   Chicago   Illinois   Restaurant   Bar   Tiki   Polynesian   Tropical   Advertising   Match   Cigarette   Smoking   Tobacco   Nostalgic   Souvenir
The picture shows an inside and outside view of this Old Don The Beachcomber Chicago Restaurant Advertising Match Book. This matchbook is not dated but it is believed to be from the 1940s. There are three colorful tropical scenes with beaches, palm trees, and the ocean on this match pack. Even the matches are printed! There is also a Chicago street map showing the restaurant's location. It is marked on the two sides as follows:

Island of Mahuukona, where good rum is immortalized
and drinking is an art.

Host to
Diplomat and Beachcomber
Prince and Pirate

CHICAGO - SUperior 7-8812

''There's nought no doubt,
So much the spirit calms
As rum and true religion''
Don Juan, Cantoz -- Stanza 34

The match book measures 2-1/8'' x 3-7/8''. It is in near mint condition as pictured, with three matches missing. Below here, for reference, is some addtional information found about Don The Beachcomber and his restaurants:

Don the Beachcomber
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Donn Beach - Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt
Born: February 22, 1907
Limestone County, Texas
Died: June 7, 1989 (aged 82)
Nationality: American
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Citizenship: United States

Donn Beach (born Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt on February 22, 1907 – June 7, 1989) is the acknowledged founding father of tiki restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. The many so called ''Polynesian'' restaurants and pubs that enjoyed great popularity are directly descended from what he created. After years of being called ''Don the Beachcomber'' because of his original bar and restaurant, Gantt legally changed his name to ''Donn Beach''.

Gantt, a Limestone County, Texas native, had left home in 1926 and traveled around the world on his own, scouring many of the islands of the Caribbean and the South Pacific.

A former bootlegger during Prohibition he moved to Hollywood in the 1930s. Gantt opened a bar called ''Don's Beachcomber'' in 1934 on McCadden Place, and then, across the street, the first Don the Beachcomber restaurant in 1937. He mixed potent rum cocktails in his tropically decorated bar. This was such an escape from everyday life, it quickly gained popularity, especially with Hollywood celebrities. At ''Don the Beachcomber'', customers ate what seemed like wonderfully exotic cuisines, but, in actuality, were mostly standard Cantonese dishes served with flair. The first ''pu pu platter'' was probably served there. His Zombie cocktail (a rum drink) was served at the 1939 New York World's Fair. He also was known for creating ''Tahitian Rum Punch'', ''Navy Grog'', and many other cocktails.

World War II
As the originator of Polynesian style restaurants, he served in the United States Army in World War II as an operator of officer rest and recreation centers. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star while setting up rest camps for combat weary airman of the 12th and 15th Air Forces in Capri, Nice, Cannes, the French Riviera, Venice, the Lido and Sorrento at the order of his friend, Lieutenant General Jimmy Doolittle.

Post war tiki fad
Tiki restaurants enjoyed a tremendous burst of fad popularity in the 1940s and 1950s and there were several Don the Beachcomber restaurants across the country. Victor J. Bergeron opened a competing version called Trader Vic's in the late 1930s in the San Francisco Bay Area and the two men were amicable rivals for many years. Each claimed to have created the ''Mai Tai'', a rum and fruit juice cocktail still popular today. ''Maitai'' is the Tahitian word for ''good''. The Trader claimed to have invented it in 1944, and the Beachcomber in 1933. At the peak of Bergeron's success, there were more Trader Vic's around the world than Don the Beachcombers.

Move to Hawaii
When World War II ended, Beach settled in Waikiki, where he opened his second Polynesian Village, the first being at his home in Encino, California where he entertained his Hollywood pals. He was the originator of the International Marketplace in Honolulu, and had his office up in the limbs of the enormous banyan tree in the center of the market. He later built an elaborate houseboat, the Marama, a prototype for what he hoped would be floating housing in Hawaii but failed to get the zoning for it. He eventually shipped the houseboat to Moorea, and lived there in retirement for a number of years before a succession of hurricanes destroyed it. He died in Honolulu.

Don the Beachcomber Restaurant Locations
The original Don the Beachcomber restaurants are no longer in existence, but here are some of the former locations of the chain (with opening dates for some according to information from a Don the Beachcomber menu):

Los Angeles, California (the original bar opened in 1934 in Hollywood, first restaurant opened across the street in 1937) - 1727 North McCadden Place

Chicago, Illinois (opened in 1940) - 101 East Walton Place

Corona del Mar, California (opened in 1969) - 3901 E. Coast Highway

Dallas, Texas - Meadow Road, just off Greenville Avenue, closed in the mid 1980s

Honolulu, Hawaii (opened in 1971) - International Marketplace, Waikiki

Houston, Texas - Woodlake Square

Las Vegas, Nevada (opened in 1962) - Sahara Hotel

Malibu, California - 22878 Pacific Coast Highway (former home of the Tonga Lei). Closed in the 1980s

Marina del Rey, California (opened in 1970) - Hotel Marina del Rey, 13534 Bali Way

Oxnard, California (opened in 1976) - 2631 Wagon Wheel Road (former home of the Trade Winds). Closed in the late 1970s. Building torn down, is now a used car and RV lot.

Palm Springs, California (opened in 1953) - 120 Via Lola, at North Palm Canyon Drive

St. Paul, Minnesota (opened in 1966) - St. Paul Hilton

San Diego, California (opened in 1970) - 1590 Harbor Island Drive (next to the Sheraton Hotel)

Santa Barbara, California - 101 E. Cabrillo Blvd.

Santa Clara, California - on Stevens Creek Blvd.

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii - on Alii Road in the Royal Kona Resort

Don the Beachcomber Revival
When Disney's California Adventure opened in 2001, it included a small Don the Beachcomber at its Hollywood & Dine food court. It offered Chinese food, but did not serve alcoholic drinks. The restaurant closed within a few years. In 2005, full scale Don the Beachcomber restaurants opened at the Royal Kona Resort in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii; another is slated to open at the Royal Lahaina Resort in Lahaina, Hawaii by 2007. There are rumors that a Don the Beachcomber may soon open in Las Vegas.

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Old Don The Beachcomber Chicago Restaurant Advertising Match Book

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