Friday, March 4, 2011

The Copacabana







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These are the final two souvenir photo folders, both from the Copacabana Nightclub, that were part of a group that I purchased, all from the same source, all from New York City. The others were posted on 2/8/11. 2/14/11, and 2/21/11.
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The Copa opened on November 10, 1940, just in time for the war time boom in entertainment. The original owner of record was Monte Proser, but the real, behind the scenes owner was mobster Frank Costello. The club was noted for it's fine dining, top flight headliners, and tropical/Brazilian decor. The original policy of the Copa was whites only. In the mid-forties, GI Harry Belafonte was denied admission. In latter decades, Belafonte would be a star attraction for the club. It wasn't until the late 1950s that the restricted policies changed. In the 1970s the Copa became a discotheque. It closed for three years in the late 70s. In 1992, owner Peter Dorn moved the club to a new location. There was nothing written in the folder that contained the first picture in this post. In the folder with the one man standing in the background, "To my best Chicago friend, McMahon." "Dear Evelyn, We will never forget this! Hope we can many of them together, Andrew." To my favorite gal! Lew Whitelaw." Let everyone know! No matter what, we all love you more & more-Audrey." Printed on the back, "Souvenir Photo $1.50 Match Photos-50 cents each. For extra copies write to: PLANETARY PHOTO 311 West 34th Street New York 1, N.Y. Use number on back of Print Stating date taken and name of Club along with description of Photo." I have a number of these old souvenir photo folders in the collection, and as usual, click on nightclub, souvenir photo, or souvenir photo folder in the labels section to bring them up.

6 comments:

  1. My husband's grandma is 96 years old and has a photo from the same company from when they were at the Iceland Restaurant 1680 Broadway NYC. she was photographed with her family with her brother in uniform prior to him deploying to the battle of the bulge.

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  2. Would like to find more info on these pics, as I have one from Rogers Corner. I have the number of the print to request for extra copies, just wondering if anyone has access to these photos. Thank you in advance for your response.

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    1. The original negatives might be archived somewhere. Rogers Corner was in New York, so if you want to look, I'd try the New York City Public Library or a local historical society. Click on souvenir photo folders or night club in the labels section for a Rogers Corner post.

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    2. I have one of my stepfather taken by the Planatary Photo with 2 friends at THE HURRICANE

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    3. I have one of my dad and his navy buddies from Rogers Corner.

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  3. Does anyone know if PLANETARY PHOTO is still around? I found a picture that was taken of my parents in the 1950's at Jack Dempsey's Restaurant Bar/Cocktail Lounge.

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