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cpjones
07-02-2011, 09:39 AM
Here's something for you other 'radies' - There are some great old photos of the original hotel (50's?) on the wall at Gilligan's. Does anyone know the history of this property? I think it was the first resort on Palm Beach. How about more pictures? A Google search image search gave me a travel brochure drawing (50's - 60's) with a happy couple on the beach with the Aruba tower in the backgound and no other hotels.

Arubalisa
07-02-2011, 11:28 AM
http://www.aruba.com/vbgallery/files/9209-history_thumb.jpg (http://www.aruba.com/vbgallery/showimage.php?i=2047&c=newimages&cutoffdate=lastvisit)

http://www.aruba.com/vbgallery/files/9209-historyb_thumb.jpg (http://www.aruba.com/vbgallery/showimage.php?i=2046&c=newimages&cutoffdate=lastvisit)

http://www.aruba.com/vbgallery/files/9209-historya_thumb.jpg (http://www.aruba.com/vbgallery/showimage.php?i=2045&c=newimages&cutoffdate=lastvisit)

cpjones
07-03-2011, 06:20 PM
Thanks Arubalisa, Those are the photos I saw in Gilligans.... Anyone else have some older pictures of the resort or some history. I think it was originally the Caribe Resort.... but still doing some research!

Arubalisa
07-03-2011, 06:22 PM
Did you search here in the forum? I tried yesterday but there were too many posts and I gave up. I thought I remembered it being here somewhere :confused:

jeffnev
07-05-2011, 03:31 PM
I honeymooned at The Aruba Caribbean, now the Radisson, in 1973 and it was a great hotel. The entire front desk area was done in delft china tiles from Holland and it was quite beautiful. The Sheraton was next door and those were the only 2 high rise hotels and casinos on Palm Beach. Our "big" dinner was at the Talk of the Town which had a wonderful restaurant back then.

I need to dig out our honeymoon slides (yes, we used 35 mm film back then) and will post some pictures of Aruba when I get back from next week's trip.

cpjones
07-07-2011, 12:10 AM
Thanks jeffnev.... I look forward to seeing the pictures. BTW.... everything was wonderful for this weeks trip.... next week is yours! We did miss dining at the Sunset Grille, but Errol, one of the waitstaff from SG, told us in Laguna last night that all of the staff from SG are still working and w/ b back when it reopens.

Aruban1962
11-23-2012, 01:11 PM
Here's something for you other 'radies' - There are some great old photos of the original hotel (50's?) on the wall at Gilligan's. Does anyone know the history of this property? I think it was the first resort on Palm Beach. How about more pictures? A Google search image search gave me a travel brochure drawing (50's - 60's) with a happy couple on the beach with the Aruba tower in the backgound and no other hotels.

Hi CPJones,

To your post last years, I can tell you that my father was involved with the early days of the hotel, which began in 1959. I believe it was a creation of Executive House - based in Chicago. Eventually (in 1962) I came along, and my parents established an apartment for the three of us at the Aruba Caribbean Hotel and Casino, which was a swank place. Jack Benny, Tony Martin, Cyd Charisse, Liz Taylor, so many others, trekked to the hotel on a regular basis. Even Queen Juliana and Princess Biatrix stayed at the hotel. It was, after all, the only major hotel on the Island. The Caribe Hilton came later. I often contemplate visiting the hotel again. It would be strange, though.

Best, J.M.S.

Andrea J.
11-23-2012, 04:43 PM
Well how cool was that!!??!!

Did u retain your aruban citizenship and how often do you visit aruba ? Welcome to the forum.
Hi CPJones,

To your post last years, I can tell you that my father was involved with the early days of the hotel, which began in 1959. I believe it was a creation of Executive House - based in Chicago. Eventually (in 1962) I came along, and my parents established an apartment for the three of us at the Aruba Caribbean Hotel and Casino, which was a swank place. Jack Benny, Tony Martin, Cyd Charisse, Liz Taylor, so many others, trekked to the hotel on a regular basis. Even Queen Juliana and Princess Biatrix stayed at the hotel. It was, after all, the only major hotel on the Island. The Caribe Hilton came later. I often contemplate visiting the hotel again. It would be strange, though.

Best, J.M.S.

CK1
11-24-2012, 12:40 AM
Hi cpjones,
There is actually a nice topic at this forum: "Back then"

Among the info from "Back then", you will find a nice story about the Radisson, including pictures:

Aruba Caribbean Hotel, the new and only hotel-casino on an unknown island When the Aruba Caribbean Hotel (known by locals to this day as The Carib), now the site of the Radisson Resort, opened 50 years ago, Cuba had closed to Americans. For those who wanted to gamble and not have to trek to Vegas, the new and only hotel-casino on an unknown island in the Caribbean was the answer.
Visitors discovered miles of unpopulated gleaming white beaches (and what would now be called a boutique hotel nearby), wonderfully dependable sunny weather, the clear, clean and bright turquiose sea surrounding and the Aruban people’s natural and warm hospitality. A “Marietta Memory” spoken then about the weather: 'It’s tropical like tropical fruit...always sweet.'
Read More


http://www.aruba.com/explorearuba/history/back_then.aspx




Another great website with lots of historical info and photos, including how the beaches looked like in former times:


http://www.lago-colony.com/index.htm




And here are some Vintage Postcards of Aruba:


http://www.ebay.ie/itm/Collection-18-Aruba-Vintage-Postcards-Lot-NWI-Caribbean-/251128675674


I really enjoy very much looking at those vintage photos, they have something nostalic and remind of the good, old times. :)







Here's something for you other 'radies' - There are some great old photos of the original hotel (50's?) on the wall at Gilligan's. Does anyone know the history of this property? I think it was the first resort on Palm Beach. How about more pictures? A Google search image search gave me a travel brochure drawing (50's - 60's) with a happy couple on the beach with the Aruba tower in the backgound and no other hotels.

Andrea J.
11-24-2012, 09:29 AM
excellent
thanks:)
Hi cpjones,
There is actually a nice topic at this forum: "Back then"

Among the info from "Back then", you will find a nice story about the Radisson, including pictures:

Aruba Caribbean Hotel, the new and only hotel-casino on an unknown island When the Aruba Caribbean Hotel (known by locals to this day as The Carib), now the site of the Radisson Resort, opened 50 years ago, Cuba had closed to Americans. For those who wanted to gamble and not have to trek to Vegas, the new and only hotel-casino on an unknown island in the Caribbean was the answer.
Visitors discovered miles of unpopulated gleaming white beaches (and what would now be called a boutique hotel nearby), wonderfully dependable sunny weather, the clear, clean and bright turquiose sea surrounding and the Aruban people’s natural and warm hospitality. A “Marietta Memory” spoken then about the weather: 'It’s tropical like tropical fruit...always sweet.'
Read More


http://www.aruba.com/explorearuba/history/back_then.aspx




Another great website with lots of historical info and photos, including how the beaches looked like in former times:


http://www.lago-colony.com/index.htm




And here are some Vintage Postcards of Aruba:


http://www.ebay.ie/itm/Collection-18-Aruba-Vintage-Postcards-Lot-NWI-Caribbean-/251128675674


I really enjoy very much looking at those vintage photos, they have something nostalic and remind of the good, old times. :)

crimms
11-24-2012, 11:01 AM
Those old pictures were so interesting. This is what we love about this forum.
Sean and Susan

cpjones
11-24-2012, 01:33 PM
CK1 and Aruban1962.... thanks for the info and links! Really cool stuff. This link, again, is one of my favorites! :)

http://www.historiadiaruba.aw/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1&lang=en

jeffnev
11-24-2012, 02:39 PM
We spent 5 days of our honeymoon at the Aruba Caribbean in August, 1973. It was an amazing hotel, amazing beach and needless to say, a very different island. I remember the grating at the entrance to the hotel to keep out the goats. We loved Abuba then and still do now39 years later! If I can find my pictures-I think they were 35mm slides- I will post some.

Aruban1962
06-03-2013, 03:20 PM
Well how cool was that!!??!!

Did u retain your aruban citizenship and how often do you visit aruba ? Welcome to the forum.

My mother was in love with the life she was finding in Palm Beach. No citizenship for me by '62, because my parents were both citizens (although my father was European-born). I'd almost be afraid to see Aruba now, as the Bond-era glamor I remember would be long passed on. Still, it might be nice... Sorry for not responding sooner. I don't get e-mail notifications from this forum.

We have a lot of pictures (of professional quality) from that time, if there's interest in them.

Arubalisa
06-03-2013, 06:10 PM
We have a lot of pictures (of professional quality) from that time, if there's interest in them.I am sitting here raising my hand saying "yes" please :D
And I am also going to venture to say that cpjones is right behind me to second the motion! :D :cool:

Andrea J.
06-03-2013, 06:27 PM
if you are looking for another vote, yes i would love to see!

CK1
06-03-2013, 09:15 PM
Please count me in as well. I would LOVE to see your pictures! :)

Pegmeister
06-04-2013, 08:26 AM
What a great thread I've enjoyed reading it as we will be staying there for our first time on our next trip.

Aruban1962
06-04-2013, 06:45 PM
Our family lived at the Radisson (then Aruba Caribbean Hotel) 1960-1966. I was born at San Pedro's Hospital in 1962, so my earliest recollections are that of the hotel, which was wonderful to me.2531 The hotel was such a prized item on the island that Spritzer + Fuhrmann (the most prominent jeweler with a store on the Island) issued a commemorative silver cigarette case decorated with the likeness of the hotel.

25322533I've added a couple of fairly faded publicity slides, probably made in 1959. Glamorous travel in the jet age.

cpjones
06-04-2013, 10:59 PM
I love the Radisson history.... please share all the photos you are willing and able to share! Thank you!

Andrea J.
06-04-2013, 11:16 PM
thank you so much for sharing.
i have directed my supervisors at the ATA office to check out this thread.
I am certain the ATA will love to see as many photos as you'd be willing to post.

again thank you so much for the stroll down memory lane


Our family lived at the Radisson (then Aruba Caribbean Hotel) 1960-1966. I was born at San Pedro's Hospital in 1962, so my earliest recollections are that of the hotel, which was wonderful to me.2531 The hotel was such a prized item on the island that Spritzer + Fuhrmann (the most prominent jeweler with a store on the Island) issued a commemorative silver cigarette case decorated with the likeness of the hotel.

25322533I've added a couple of fairly faded publicity slides, probably made in 1959. Glamorous travel in the jet age.

Aruban1962
06-04-2013, 11:21 PM
thank you so much for sharing.
i have directed my supervisors at the ATA office to check out this thread.
I am certain the ATA will love to see as many photos as you'd be willing to post.

again thank you so much for the stroll down memory lane

Thanks Andrea. I'll do my best to round up some choice images. I know my late parents thought of their time in Aruba pretty often.
James

Arubalisa
06-04-2013, 11:24 PM
Gosh what great history! Do you recall where in the hotel the bar was located?

KATH2ME
06-04-2013, 11:24 PM
These are so cool to view, I love the Radisson,, and welccome to see more pics.. Thanks again for sharing

CK1
06-04-2013, 11:32 PM
Thanks for sharing those glamorous photos of the silver cigarette box, the bar and the casino. What a fantastic idea it was to create those collectibles. I didn't even know they existed. Love the way women looked back then, so chick and elegant, beautiful hairdo. And the men looked like gentlemen and so handsome.

Aruban1962
06-05-2013, 10:52 AM
By the way, the ATA may also want to see http://www.aruba.com/forum/f41/jack-benny-aruba-59576/ my brief Jack Benny thread. There's a picture of Benny receiving an Aruba book from the ATA.

Andrea J.
06-05-2013, 11:02 AM
Yes. I forwarded that as well. Once I am back to my puter and off the iPhone I am going to try to merge the threads or do some housekeeping so that they are linked together.
Too frustrating to do on this phone.

Aruban1962
06-05-2013, 11:39 AM
Yes. I forwarded that as well. Once I am back to my puter and off the iPhone I am going to try to merge the threads or do some housekeeping so that they are linked together.
Too frustrating to do on this phone.

On a phone?? No. That would not be much fun. I have a mountain of material on the hotel. So strange that it doesn't seem to exist anywhere else. I remember Oranjestad, and that looks oddly familiar still. Thanks for collating the material. I'll try to keep everything else in one thread.

Aruban1962
06-05-2013, 11:41 AM
Gosh what great history! Do you recall where in the hotel the bar was located?

Truthfully, I don't, as I was a child. I only remember being in certain rooms. But I believe the bar and Klopen Club (which was the circular building one sees in earlier photographs) was probably connected - so I'd have to say all of that was off to the side, in the low building, not the hotel tower.

Pegmeister
06-05-2013, 12:25 PM
Aruban1962, I am so glad you joined this forum. Your posts have been most interesting.

Aruban1962
06-05-2013, 05:15 PM
More images from the first years of the Aruba Caribbean Hotel:
2535Here's Mr. Gene Berry (the man who brought my father to Aruba from Dayton) sometime in 1960. The hotel is brand-new.253625372538Three pictures of our suite at the hotel, taken around 1963. This was 101 or 102, I think.2539 A publicity contact print of my father in front of his new charge - the Aruba Caribbean Hotel. Henry C. Steeber was a refugee from Europe who had lived in NY for seven years before finding a good hotel job in Dayton, Ohio, where he found the connection to Aruba.

cpjones
06-05-2013, 09:01 PM
Wonderful.... soooooo...... 60's! Please keep them coming.

Aruban1962
06-05-2013, 09:53 PM
2544 A pristine new hotel. This view looks past the coffee shop toward the Space-Age-looking Klompen Club. This is about 1960.

2559 My father continuing to survey his turf at the still-new Aruba Caribbean Hotel

CK1
06-06-2013, 01:45 AM
Thanks for all the great pictures, it's almost like traveling back in time. :)
Loved looking at the furniture and the decoration of the rooms as well as the entire style of the hotel.

Aruban1962
06-12-2013, 02:47 PM
Thanks for all the great pictures, it's almost like traveling back in time. :)
Loved looking at the furniture and the decoration of the rooms as well as the entire style of the hotel.

Just to add to the effort, I'm going to open up another thread called Aruba Early 1960's (for clarity) and share some of my father and mother's photography. My father, while having a little spare time from managing the Aruba Caribbean, pursued his skill (professionally-trained) as a photographer. What an ideal place to pursue it!

CK1
06-12-2013, 05:14 PM
Just to add to the effort, I'm going to open up another thread called Aruba Early 1960's (for clarity) and share some of my father and mother's photography. My father, while having a little spare time from managing the Aruba Caribbean, pursued his skill (professionally-trained) as a photographer. What an ideal place to pursue it!

I definitely look forward to those photos. I'm not a professional photographer but took thousands on photos while on vacation. Some of my friends would tease me if there were still some motives to take pictures of. LOL. But YES, there is so much beauty to capture. I never get tired of.

I'll check out your other threads. Please keep those photos coming, I love them all.

Aruban1962
06-13-2013, 01:05 PM
Well, here are more images of hotel and Aruba souvenirs.
First - these drinking glasses:

2556

The glasses are imprinted with the 12 signs of the zodiac (in gold leaf) and the words "Souvenir of Pan Am Inaugural Flights- New York/Aruba and Aruba/New York - April 1964...First Jet Service to the little Dutch Isle - Caribbean Style"

Then

2557

This wonderful often-seen ashtray (and matches) from the first years of the Aruba Caribbean Hotel and Casino. The ashtray was manufactured in the U.S.A. by Royal China, Inc. The matches came from Diamond in Chicago.

The Aruba Caribbean Hotel was one of a number of Executive House properties, corporately managed from Chicago but always situated with a strong local management team. Personal relations were still very much at the front and center of the hotel and resort industry.

Andrea J.
06-13-2013, 03:58 PM
excellent thanks again for sharing :)

cpjones
06-13-2013, 09:49 PM
Your photos and historical information are treasures.... thank you for sharing! I do look forward to more!

Aruban1962
06-16-2013, 06:43 PM
2562

Belinda - the cat I replaced. This is in the first suite my parents occupied at the hotel. Note the famous (and often-troublesome) tile floors. I'll bet some of them are still down under the carpeting.

Andrea J.
06-16-2013, 11:15 PM
hahaha i like the cat :)
the floor....not so much.

i think most of the hotels/resorts/timeshares now have ceramic tile floors...makes clean ups much easier.

your photos are a treasure.

that thing is a HI FI record player ? we had one in our "playroom" when i was a child in the 60s.
not wifi right :confused:

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Belinda - the cat I replaced. This is in the first suite my parents occupied at the hotel. Note the famous (and often-troublesome) tile floors. I'll bet some of them are still down under the carpeting.[/QUOTE]

Aruban1962
06-17-2013, 10:54 AM
hahaha i like the cat :)
the floor....not so much.

i think most of the hotels/resorts/timeshares now have ceramic tile floors...makes clean ups much easier.

your photos are a treasure.

that thing is a HI FI record player ? we had one in our "playroom" when i was a child in the 60s.
not wifi right :confused:


I know my dad had a lot of problems with that particular tile reacting to the salt air. It aged fast, as you can probably see. She was a nice cat; I was able to visit her at someone's house, later on, after I'd replaced her. :) The stereo, actually (which looks like a HiFi) was my first source of recorded music. I used to place my ear on the speaker. Lovely simple time!

Aruban1962
06-17-2013, 07:05 PM
Here's a wonderful shot depicting Aruba Caribbean Hotel life in the early 1960's. This buffet was created, in part, by the Swiss chef (Bruno, I'm fairly sure) standing behind the swordfish. I later met him in New York in 1985, working in the same capacity at the Four Seasons restaurant. My father, Mr. Steeber, had hired him and Seppi - another Swiss (a sous chef at the time) who also ended up manning the Four Seasons.

2563

2565

Here's our suite at the hotel. The stuffed animal confirms my existence in the world, which means this is roughly 1962. My mother - Louise Steeber - is at left. I don't know who her friend is. I can recall watching many happy sundowns from that very table.

cpjones
06-17-2013, 10:12 PM
Nice.... keep them coming please!

Aruban1962
06-18-2013, 04:31 PM
2568256925702571

Views from the pool deck and one shot looking West from the still-new Aruba Caribbean Hotel, circa 1962. I'm wondering how much that view East has changed. My directional dyslexia made the label 'West'. It is actually a view East.

Aruban1962
06-19-2013, 05:56 PM
2573 An ice sculpture referring to the three years of Aruba Caribbean Hotel life (1962)

Aruban1962
06-19-2013, 06:14 PM
Our Aruba Caribbean trio - my mother Louise, father Henry, and me (James, since I was 10) in 1966, near the end of our stay. I'd love to know who the photographer was. Fine stuff.

2574

Andrea J.
06-19-2013, 06:45 PM
absolutely fine stuff! nice shades on your mom and you :)

Our Aruba Caribbean trio - my mother Louise, father Henry, and me (James, since I was 10) in 1966, near the end of our stay. I'd love to know who the photographer was. Fine stuff.

2574

cpjones
06-19-2013, 07:33 PM
Our Aruba Caribbean trio - my mother Louise, father Henry, and me (James, since I was 10) in 1966, near the end of our stay. I'd love to know who the photographer was. Fine stuff.

2574 Lovely family..... You're sharing some wonderful memories!

Aruban1962
06-19-2013, 08:04 PM
absolutely fine stuff! nice shades on your mom and you :)

We all had great shades - true. Mine actually had a radio in them. :) Thanks a lot. I'm hoping someone here and there might even remember them/us.

Aruban1962
06-20-2013, 04:05 PM
Lovely family..... You're sharing some wonderful memories!
Glad to do it. And thanks very much. It was such a special time for us. I figure that those times deserve a nice review. While I'm around, I should help bring that time into focus.

Pegmeister
06-20-2013, 06:32 PM
I've really enjoyed your photos and find myself logging on just to see if you have posted anything new. It's very generous of you to share these. Thanks

Aruban1962
06-20-2013, 09:49 PM
I've really enjoyed your photos and find myself logging on just to see if you have posted anything new. It's very generous of you to share these. Thanks

I certainly will share more. Aruba was a big deal in our family.

cpjones
06-20-2013, 11:00 PM
I certainly will share more. Aruba was a big deal in our family. Aruba is a big deal to DW and me too! Can only get there once a year for a short time..... but the memories we've built over the years are priceless!

Aruban1962
06-23-2013, 08:59 PM
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A group of photographs from 1960 depicting the new Aruba Caribbean Hotel

Aruban1962
06-23-2013, 09:03 PM
25912592
A wall in the Bali Bar (Aruba Caribbean) and a publicity brochure shot being prepared. My father was overseeing that.

cpjones
06-23-2013, 10:15 PM
Serious changes over the years... can't help but picture where the Sunset Grill is today!

Aruban1962
06-23-2013, 10:29 PM
Serious changes over the years... can't help but picture where the Sunset Grill is today!

As a new hotel it was pretty wide-open - almost like a world's fair pavilion. I'm sure the turf has been turned over many times.

Aruban1962
06-26-2013, 03:22 PM
Here's are poolside and room service menus from the Bali Bar (although the food is from the Divi-Divi Coffee Shop), from about 1962. I have a slightly earlier food menu edition with even lower prices.

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Andrea J.
06-26-2013, 03:31 PM
hahahah the prices!!!! wow

and i LOVE the artwork of the cover of the menu

i know i keep saying thank you for sharing, i really mean it.
your collection is terrific


Here's a poolside menu from the Bali Bar (although the interior is from the Divi-Divi Coffee Shop), from about 1962.

25932594

WaltVB
06-26-2013, 04:48 PM
Your collection of photos is incredible. How wonderful it must have been to be there in such simple times. The Bottle Price List - Room Service page has the statement "10% service charge added in lieu of gratuities" printed at the bottom. I wonder when the "in lieu of gratuities" part was dropped from restaurant checks around the island. I think it would help a lot of folks, especially first timers, understand the "service charge added" blurb at the bottom of checks now if places still included it. There I go off topic again, sorry Andrea.

Aruban1962
06-26-2013, 04:49 PM
hahahah the prices!!!! wow

and i LOVE the artwork of the cover of the menu

i know i keep saying thank you for sharing, i really mean it.
your collection is terrific

It's great to know there's a purpose for sharing it. My parents did the collecting, and now I'm keeping it all alive. That period in Aruba was such a glamorous time. Thanks, very!

Aruban1962
06-26-2013, 06:01 PM
WaltVB: Service itself was so much less costly then. These days, room service is charged at a 200% markup or so, and %15~20 is automatically added, as in so many parts of the world. I can recall room service at the ACH - elegant, simple, understated - and always that little smell of the Sterno can. We ate a lot of meals that way, as the suite we lived in had only a kitchenette. It made for a pleasant memory, in any case. Glad you're liking the posts!

Aruban1962
06-26-2013, 06:37 PM
2597
Aruba Caribbean Hotel, circa 1963

KATH2ME
06-26-2013, 10:40 PM
These pictures are awesome,, I wish I could have seen Aruba than, although with so much build up since than,, I think I would cry,, nice, but kind of takes something away,, I mean even now, leave , no more building

Aruban1962
06-27-2013, 12:28 PM
These pictures are awesome,, I wish I could have seen Aruba than, although with so much build up since than,, I think I would cry,, nice, but kind of takes something away,, I mean even now, leave , no more building

It looks to me like Aruba's been relatively conservative about building. Miami Beach and San Juan (never mind Honolulu) are far, far worse. Aruba still looks like Aruba. When we were there it may have been a little too focused on one large hotel. The Aruba Caribbean Hotel, then, was pretty important to the island. It's a real landmark.

Aruban1962
06-27-2013, 01:34 PM
2598 My father Henry Steeber (Aruba Caribbean Hotel manager), his wife Louise, and my Aunt Joan (to her right) visiting from the States, during the hotel's early days. My parents frequently acted as island ambassadors given their status at the hotel.

Andrea J.
06-27-2013, 02:20 PM
ahh the good old days when hotels could have diving boards at their pools and sunglasses/shades we very "in"

when your family came back to the usa, did your dad still work in the hotel/tourism industry?



2598 My father Henry Steeber (Aruba Caribbean Hotel manager), his wife Louise, and my Aunt Joan (to her right) visiting from the States, during the hotel's early days. My parents frequently acted as island ambassadors given their status at the hotel.

Aruban1962
06-27-2013, 02:36 PM
ahh the good old days when hotels could have diving boards at their pools and sunglasses/shades we very "in"

when your family came back to the usa, did your dad still work in the hotel/tourism industry?

Funny - I learned to swim, partly by being made to jump off of that high diving board. Didn't know boards were banned from hotels now. Yes - we stayed in the industry, actually going to Puerto Rico in '67 (which was entirely different from Aruba). Eventually, the States. I loved my shades.

Andrea J.
06-27-2013, 03:34 PM
yup you had the fancy shades w/the transistor radio ;) you and i are about the same age and i "envied" some of my friends that had those cool shades when i was an 8 year old. . i think i had "barbie shade" and you had james bond ;)

to the best of my knowledge, there are no diving boards at any resorts on aruba.
there may be a 3 meter board at the competition pool on aruba....the pool where the teams, age group, masters, synchronized all swim and compete.
in fact, one would have to search high and low to find a pool at any of the resorts that are deeper than 6' 6".
the keyword is "LIABILITY"
:(
same goes for here in the usa about diving boards being removed.

i miss the good old days.

Funny - I learned to swim, partly by being made to jump off of that high diving board. Didn't know boards were banned from hotels now. Yes - we stayed in the industry, actually going to Puerto Rico in '67 (which was entirely different from Aruba). Eventually, the States. I loved my shades.

Aruban1962
06-27-2013, 05:07 PM
yup you had the fancy shades w/the transistor radio ;) you and i are about the same age and i "envied" some of my friends that had those cool shades when i was an 8 year old. . i think i had "barbie shade" and you had james bond ;)

to the best of my knowledge, there are no diving boards at any resorts on aruba.
there may be a 3 meter board at the competition pool on aruba....the pool where the teams, age group, masters, synchronized all swim and compete.
in fact, one would have to search high and low to find a pool at any of the resorts that are deeper than 6' 6".
the keyword is "LIABILITY"
:(
same goes for here in the usa about diving boards being removed.

i miss the good old days.

Of course it's liability - a malady which effects everything these days. Too many law suits. I can at least tell you where to get the glasses, if you still crave them. They show up on eBay fairly frequently -- an example, I provide (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Spectra-Radio-Sunglasses-Black-w-Dark-Green-Tinted-Lenses-/310686411015?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item48565a6907). I was born in '62, just for clarity-sake, so Aruba remains a pretty jewel of a memory. I remember not being thrilled to leave it, although the States provided winter - something I couldn't get over! The hotel biz was such that who was manager was still important enough to list on even matchbooks, sometimes. It was a personal business.

CK1
09-08-2013, 12:40 AM
Aruban1962, thanks so much for sharing more of your precious pictures and lovely memories of Aruba. It's really a pleasure going back in time through your posts.

CK1
09-08-2013, 12:41 AM
By chance I found a few nice pictures of vintage brochures of the Aruba Caribbean Hotel, dating 1958:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/electrospark/sets/72157617415545594/detail/?page=2

Arubalisa
03-04-2014, 11:29 AM
The Radisson has put out a call for assistance to date some photos from the 50's and 60's. https://www.facebook.com/radissonarubaresort

cpjones
03-04-2014, 12:20 PM
The Radisson has put out a call for assistance to date some photos from the 50's and 60's. https://www.facebook.com/radissonarubaresort

Some great old photos .... thanks Arubalisa!