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Old Posted Jul 13, 2016, 11:00 PM
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I'd like to briefly return to Vivian Laird's.


I just found two color views of the interior.

First, here's the stage and dance floor.


and the bar area.


-note the exotic mural in the background.

After numerous searches over the past two days I found this....

The mural, dated 1947, was painted by local artist Frank Bowers (1905-1964) & was up for auction in 2013.

here's a close-up

"The mural was executed for the interior of restaurateur Vivian Laird’s Restaurant and Jungle Room, once a Long Beach institution.
At more than 33 feet long, this oil on canvas covered a main wall in the restaurant."

Here's the whole mural.

Lot Information:

Lot 469
Frank Bowers
Oil on canvas
Signed and dated “Frank Bowers/47″ lower left
400″ x 71″
Estimate: $18,000 – 25,000

It would be interesting to know who bought the mural, and where it ended up. (in a bar? or in a private home)

Menu cover from Vivian Laird's using the same exotic 'Jungle' motif.

I believe that's Frank Bowers initials at lower right. (not sure why there's an extra F)


Check out more Frank Bowers paintings at the Embers Lounge in Whittier / NLA post from Jan. 2011


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