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Emspace Attention! Beachcomber Alberta Menu!

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Emspace, proof of your childhood memories! Has the Alberta Liquor Control on bottom of the menu. I scanned some pics for you. Not in the greatest condition unfortunately, but here it is...

[ Edited by: fartsatune on 2003-06-10 09:29 ]

Oh that is SWEET! I love the blockhead tiki! Where did you score that?

The best tiki archaeological finds are Canadian tiki finds, in my opinion... because they are so rare!


Wow, what great graphics ! Gotta love that tiki, and the type style for the word Polynesian on the bottom. I'm curious about the writing is on the back cover...is there any history of the Beachcomber mentioned there ? What a great score !


Oh fartsatune...I LOVE YOU!!! I think I'm gonna cry with joy. Wait'll I send these to my bro, who incidentally just got back from SF where he visited the Tonga Room and the Emeryville Vic's. We're gonna order Mai-tais and CRY TOGETHER!!!

Thanx more than I can say, if you ever run across any more of these please let me know...where'd you find them BTW? Geez, maybe we could get together some time and I could get them copied and printed professionally? Drop me an email if you like...

aloha, emspace.

P.S. here's the "recovered memory" swizzlestick I made in Illustrator...not too bad I think considering the last time I was there woulda been around 1969:


Were Canadian drink menus required to list the amount of alcohol in each drink? No keeping secret drink recipes there, eh?



Hey Martin,

Western Canada has alcohol laws that would be considered pretty Fascistic in the States: nothing over 40% sold, except a few exceptions like Coruba (good thing too!), though it's also been yanked a few times; liquor sales in Alberta were only privatized recently, and is still Government controlled here in BC where fartsatune and I live; most bars close pretty early; restrictive import laws prevent competition against BC wine growers; a lot of products are very difficult or impossible to find (low population and big shipping costs being the reason).

On the other hand, armies of inspectors have always kept dispensers of libation honest, and things are loosening up under the current BC gov't: pubs will stay open later, and more free-standing private liquor stores are bound to follow. A strong gov't employees union will fight this, but all things must pass...


Wow emspace, you had all your memories intact except for the mouth! I got this at a flea market in Vancouver for $2. The back of the menu is a bit long winded, but here is what it says:
This is Polynesia, a mixture of many cultures, including New and Old worlds-Indians from Peru moved westward and Orientals from many sections of the Far East moved to the south and east. Kingdoms and Empires came and departed, their histories lost in time, but the traces of their magnificence remain in the food, art and leisurely grace that have descended to this day.

Hawaii's largest and only active volcano, broods majestically in a setting of tropical splendor. Waterfalls spill over lava rock like silver ribbons, cascading through tangled ferns and trees, finally coming to rest in shadowed pools.

For thousands of years the natives produced the same type of cloth and carvings, which we have used here-bamboo,rattan,fernbark,monkey pod,teak and rosewood.

Decorations in our room are authentic war weapons from the Sepik River area of Dutch New Guinea, the Phillipines and other pacific islands figurines from Cambodia, temple dogs from Nepal, outriggers from Samoa, lava and feather rock, blowfish and Japanese fish floats.

Sturdy ships sailed, each with a figurehead beautiful to see, ships as bold as goddesses with proud heads poised, with their draperies flying as though they had already fought the storms. Their beautiful eyes were fixed on something no one else could see, something unattainable to man. This was the challenge- the Far East had always held a peculiar fascination to men, "who went down to the sea in ships".

Returning voyagers told of gold roofed cities, elephants bearing kings, brown skinned girls with jewels on their ankles, palmy coral atolls, volcanic islands rising grim and foreboding from the ocean bed-the blue of the little known Pacific. This sea was the world beyond the world they knew.

Tales of great wealth to be obtained drifted back and the sailing vessels departed full of hope to fill their owners warehouses with spices, tea, coffee, precious stones, silks, gold, silver, and copper. The risks were great-the rewards even greater.
Although touched by all the nations of the world, the Far East remains aloof and mysterious. The "lure of the tropics", remains, as the figureheads of the old ships a dream-never completely realized-never completely obtained-yet the world of the tropics exists today, still mysterious, still inviting and still calling in her faint voice to the wandering voyageur to come home to a safe harbour.

We hope you feel the magic of these beautiful islands in the atmosphere of the "BEACHCOMBER."


Its even better when you can find something like that locally, and for only $ 2 ! Thanks so much for posting what the writing was on the back of the menu.

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