Agua Caliente, Tijuana, Mexico, 1934
In 1928, a luxury hotel and casino opened in Tijuana, Mexico, which attracted Hollywood stars such as Laurel and Hardy, Charles Chaplin and Marlene Dietrich. Built in a mix of Mexican and Californian architecture, it remained a playground of the rich and famous for many years. The Agua Caliente racetrack, where Seabiscuit and Phar Lap raced, provided further entertainment. This menu cover of the stars and Hollywood movers and shakers who patronized the resort was drawn by the amazingly talented Xavier Cugat. Not only was he an exceptional cartoonist who was employed by the Los Angeles Times, he was also an actor and, as a band leader, became a pioneer of Latin-American dance music. In a career spanning eight decades, he was a violinist with the Teatro Nacional de Havana, a recording star who helped to popularize the tango, the rumba, the mambo and the cha-cha-cha and he led the house band at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City for 16 years. This menu cover, from 1934, records some of the famous names who stayed at the resort – though presumably not all at the same time. We've identified some of them – Irving Berlin, Laurel and Hardy, the Marx Brothers, Jimmy Durante, Louis B Meyer, Marlene Dietrich and Cecil B De Mille and are leaving the rest for you to guess who they are. Mexican President Lázaro Cárdenas outlawed gambling in 1935 and closed the resort. It became a school and eventually fell into disrepair.
Courtesy Private Collection.
Gallery quality Giclée print on natural white, matte, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks. Custom printed with border for matting and framing.
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Each print is accompanied by a copy of the interior menu.