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Thank you all for making this project a reality!

It’s in PROOFING… Proofing… proofing…*

Art for the limited-edition Kickstarter Backer Reward poster, Tiki Mugs of San Diego has been completed and is now in proofing — we are adjusting some of the photography for color, contrast, etcetera, and double-checking all our facts about the mugs.

The mugs were shot from four private collections here in San Diego — thank you all — shot digitally on a Canon Rebel EOS T5i. The (literal) mugshots were color-corrected and then painstakingly outlined in Adobe Photoshop CC 2019. The master CMYK Photoshop file contains 59 layers and is a whopping 938.6MB in size!

Fonts used are Didot and Bembo, both classical serifs, and the same used in the upcoming book, Ninety Years of Classic San Diego Tiki, 1928-2018.

Industry-standard, certified Fiery GRAYcoL2006 proofs are being pulled from an EPSON SC-P90x0 CT printer, with ISO 12647-7 digital control strips.

Trust me on this, it’s gonna look great…

*An old inside-joke from waaay back when we’d call up the color-house asking about our composite printing film and proofs.

“Where’s are our film?”

“Not sure, lemme check…” We’d be put on hold and wait. And wait. And wait some more.

“It’s in proofing…”

“Wow, your proofing department must be so big there’s an echo in there!”

 

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Classic San Diego by Martin S. Lindsay - 3M ago

Aloha!

Tiki Mugs Poster

Just an update to let you know all remaining posters ordered will be going out this week in several shipments. If you haven’t received yours yet, be on the lookout for an email with your tracking number by Friday, April 12th. I have switched from round tubes to triangular to prevent any further damage from postal heavy-handedness. If you received yours damaged in transit, please direct message me!

New mailing tubes for this week.

Also, this weekend is Tiki Oasis Arizona. Go and have fun!

Spread from a vintage Islands Restaurant (Hanalei Hotel) drink menu included in the book. Scanned on the Crosfield Magnascan, this is before color correction and retouching…

The Book

Sorry for the delay, I’m about six weeks behind schedule on the book. It will be worth it though. Turns out, I had several last-minute interviews with some very interesting folks. Some great new information from those interviews has made its way into the book. I’m adding new/old photos from several archives I visited. And some delicious drink recipes from San Diego tiki bars!

Next week I’m finishing the layout for the book and turning it over to my colorhouse for prepress work. There, they edit, compose and prepare the supplied files, making them print ready — Adobe InDesign files are edited, photos are color-corrected.

Some photos have been supplied by historical archives as digital files, some as prints which must be scanned. We use desktop scanners for small items. Larger items are shot on a Cannon digital camera. Or, I have them scanned on a Crosfield Magnascan 656 laser drum scanner at the colorhouse. Sure, it’s a dinosaur from c1990, but provides better color than many modern scanners. Originals are affixed to a glass drum, which is installed in the machine. The drum spins at hundreds of revolutions per minute as a laser scans the art.

Crosfield laser scanner. Art is taped to the glass drum and taken for a spin.

Glass scanning drums for various sized art. Can you hear Martin Denny drumbeats…?

High-tech control panel.

Then all are imposed for print and proofed on EPSON SureColor P9000 wide-format printers.

I’m expecting a production schedule from the printer, shortly. I will keep you posted!

Much Mahalo,
Martin S. Lindsay

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Classic San Diego by Martin S. Lindsay - 4M ago

Grand opening advertisement, San Diego Union, 1959.

The iconic and landmark Red Fox Room opened Saturday, 17 Oct 1959 and has been the well-loved home of stiff martinis, juicy steaks, shrimp cocktails and classic piano bar karaoke ever since…

As part of a reported $500,000 Lafayette Hotel remodel, the new steakhouse soon became beloved for its food, drink, singing host Danny Beaudet and nightly piano bar entertainment. Not to mention the 1650 A.D. English pub interior taken from Marion Davies’ Santa Monica beach house.

“Fixtures in the Lafayette Hotel’s new restaurant, the Red Fox Room (opening Saturday), were built into a famous inn in Surrey, England, 400 years ago. They include a bar, fireplace, hand-carved paneling and stained glass windows. (In 1926, Marion Davies moved the entire room from England to her memorable ocean house in Santa Monica.)”

The Boulevard
Lafayette Hotel
2223 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92104

Movie star and Wm Randolph Hearst mistress Marion Davies’ little beach house in Santa Monica.

End of lease and impending high rents are forcing the restaurant’s closure and possible move. Lafayette owner Jay Wentz decreed ownership of the ancient fixtures as part of the hotel, and now a passel of lawyers are involved.

The newest word is the Red Fox Room will be open until the end of June, and Wentz is backing down from the ownership claims due to historic status of the items when his firm, JCG Development, was renovating the hotel.

Or something like that. More later…

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Thank you all for making this project happen! Here’s a quick update…

I’m finishing up the book, and fact-checking with my sources. The poster is color-corrected, proofed and sent to the printer!

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Thank you all for making this project a reality!

It’s in PROOFING… Proofing… proofing…*

Art for the limited-edition Kickstarter Backer Reward poster, Tiki Mugs of San Diego has been completed and is now in proofing — we are adjusting some of the photography for color, contrast, etcetera, and double-checking all our facts about the mugs.

The mugs were shot from four private collections here in San Diego — thank you all — shot digitally on a Canon Rebel EOS T5i. The (literal) mugshots were color-corrected and then painstakingly outlined in Adobe Photoshop CC 2019. The master CMYK Photoshop file contains 59 layers and is a whopping 938.6MB in size!

Fonts used are Didot and Bembo, both classical serifs, and the same used in the upcoming book, Ninety Years of Classic San Diego Tiki, 1928-2018.

Industry-standard, certified Fiery GRAYcoL2006 proofs are being pulled from an EPSON SC-P90x0 CT printer, with ISO 12647-7 digital control strips.

Trust me on this, it’s gonna look great…

*An old inside-joke from waaay back when we’d call up the color-house asking about our composite printing film and proofs.

“Where’s are our film?”

“Not sure, lemme check…” We’d be put on hold and wait. And wait. And wait some more.

“It’s in proofing…”

“Wow, your proofing department must be so big there’s an echo in there!”

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Classic San Diego by Martin S. Lindsay - 6M ago

Buy It Now!

Good news! Our Kickstarter was successfully funded. So now we’re finishing up and editing the draft, laying out spreads, ordering historical photos, and reviewing printing quotes.

Ninety Years of Classic San Diego Tiki, 1928-2018 is now available for pre-order. To buy, go to our online store (secure, and powered by Shopify). Your card will be charged now, and orders will ship in April 2019 after the book is published.

 
PRE-ORDER NOW

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Classic San Diego by Martin S. Lindsay - 6M ago

Almost there!!! Only 2 hours to go. Thank you all so much. We’re so close (less than $2500!) to meeting our goal before the deadline in a few hours. Our Kickstarter campaign for Ninety Years of Classic San Diego Tikiends TODAY, Wed, January 9, 2019 at 1:08pm PST. Please share with your friends!

ORDER NOW!

Consider kicking in a few extra bucks and together we can do this.

If we don’t make our goal by the deadline, rest assured we’ll still honor all your pledges and Backer Rewards. We will contact all backers via Kickstarter, and you will receive a discount code to use on our secure online store at ClassicSanDiego.com (powered by Shopify). It will go live Thursday, so you can pre-order with all the same pricing intact! If everyone orders there, we’ll still have enough funding to complete the production, shipping, and fulfillment.

The poster art is being proofed and color-corrected now, and the book in in a near final-draft state. We’re already receiving printing bids.

So still on track!

Have any questions, want to bulk order for resale, or back the book production? Email book@classicsandiego.com with your enquiries.

Mucho Mahalo,
Martin Lindsay

Kickstarter Deadline
Available until the Kickstarter Deadline:

The Maui Patron Backer Reward

  • Includes four signed copies of the book
  • Access to the ePub digital version of the book
  • The tiki mug poster
  • A vintage 1939 tourist photo album with snaps of Errol Flynn, Victor McLaglen and the original Christian’s Hut on Papeete Beach, Two Harbors at the Isthmus, as featured in the book.
  • Also included is a menu from the Chi-Chi Club when it was at Santa Catalina’s Isthmus resort.
  • And two vintage Catalina tourist brochures!
1941 Chi-Chi Club menu, Catalina Isthmus

Ta’aroa Patron Backer Reward

  • Includes four signed copies of the book
  • Access to the ePub digital version of the book
  • The tiki mug poster
  • ‘Tahitian Nude,’ an original 1958 oil painting by Victor Sloop Wigington (1923-1979) from the estate of Wilbur Clark (Knickerbocker Hotel, Tahiti Bar, South Seas Cafe, Desert Inn),as featured in the book. Velvet paintings like this were a regular staple in tiki bars across the country, including Clark’s ‘South Seas Cafe’ in San Diego, and ‘Tahiti Bar’ in National City.
  • Also included are two vintage menus from the South Seas Cafe (food and drink menus).
(Minus the black tape…)

As always, thank you for your support!

ORDER NOW!

Kickstarter Deadline

28 Days of Tiki is a countdown to the funding of my Kickstarter project, Ninety Years of Classic San Diego Tiki – The Book. It’s a visual history and celebration of San Diego and Tijuana’s Polynesian Pop culture, tiki restaurants, bars and cuisine.

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Classic San Diego by Martin S. Lindsay - 6M ago
San Diego’s Horton Plaza in 1957. The Plaza

A 1957 photo of Horton Plaza taken from the U.S. Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego. Seen on the south side are the Cabrillo and Plaza theaters, Barbara Worth Hotel and Bradley’s Pizza. Behind, can be seen the dome of the Balboa Theatre, and Navy ships in the bay. Billboards advertise Old Crow bourbon and Wilbur Clark’s Desert Inn, (Clark was proprietor of the South Seas tiki bar in San Diego).

Bradley’s Pizza was known as Bradley’s Five and Dime from 1938, and sported the festive Puka-Puka Rum Bar on its mezzanine level. They served 150 brands of imported rum and made more than few exotic tiki cocktails in their day…

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Classic San Diego by Martin S. Lindsay - 7M ago

Hi Kickstarter Backers,

Less than 24 hours to go! Our Kickstarter campaign for Ninety Years of Classic San Diego Tikiends tomorrow, Wed, January 9, 2019 at 1:08pm PST. Please share with your friends!

We’ve added an exclusive 24 Hour special, so you can get still get Ninety Years of Classic San Diego Tiki  for $30 from now until the end of the campaign. Make sure to get those last minute pledges in…

There are also some San Diego tiki restaurant mug posters from the limited edition available.

ORDER NOW!

Available for only 24 more hours:

The Maui Patron Backer Reward

  • Includes four signed copies of the book
  • Access to the ePub digital version of the book
  • The tiki mug poster
  • A vintage 1939 tourist photo album with snaps of Errol Flynn, Victor McLaglen and the original Christian’s Hut on Papeete Beach, Two Harbors at the Isthmus, as featured in the book.
  • Also included is a menu from the Chi-Chi Club when it was at Santa Catalina’s Isthmus resort.
  • And two vintage Catalina tourist brochures!
1941 Chi-Chi Club menu, Catalina Isthmus

Ta’aroa Patron Backer Reward

  • Includes four signed copies of the book
  • Access to the ePub digital version of the book
  • The tiki mug poster
  • ‘Tahitian Nude,’ an original 1958 oil painting by Victor Sloop Wigington (1923-1979) from the estate of Wilbur Clark (Knickerbocker Hotel, Tahiti Bar, South Seas Cafe, Desert Inn),as featured in the book. Velvet paintings like this were a regular staple in tiki bars across the country, including Clark’s ‘South Seas Cafe’ in San Diego, and ‘Tahiti Bar’ in National City.
  • Also included are two vintage menus from the South Seas Cafe (food and drink menus).
(Minus the black tape…)

As always, thank you for your support!

ORDER NOW!

28 Days of Tiki is a countdown to the funding of my Kickstarter project, Ninety Years of Classic San Diego Tiki – The Book. It’s a visual history and celebration of San Diego and Tijuana’s Polynesian Pop culture, tiki restaurants, bars and cuisine.

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3 | Vintage Recipes

 

Not only is Ninety Years of Classic San Diego Tiki a history book about tiki bars and cocktails, it’s also about food! If you pre-order the book, you also receive a recipe card for restaurateur Tom Ham’s Chicken of the Gods recipe from Bali Hai Restaurant on Shelter Island (the recipe is also in the book).

A beloved entrée from this historic restaurant, Chicken of the Gods was always a fan favorite. Tenderized chicken breasts are dredged in water chestnut flour and fried to a crispy golden brown, then served on rice and shredded lettuce. A seasoned white sauce and sesame seeds top the crispy cutlets. It’s vintage, midcentury American-Chinese cooking at its finest!

Bali Hai used an imported Chinese oven just like Trader Vic’s, installed in their remodeled kitchen. The pit oven was so bulky they remodeled the kitchen around it!

We’ve taken the original recipe and adjusted it for the home cook and today’s modern ingredients. You’ll want to try this!

Only 3 days left and counting to fund this Kickstarter project…

PRE-ORDER NOW

6 days to go…
28 Days of Tiki is a countdown to the funding of my Kickstarter project, Ninety Years of Classic San Diego Tiki – The Book. It’s a visual history and celebration of San Diego and Tijuana’s Polynesian Pop culture, tiki restaurants, bars and cuisine.

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