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Bottle Cap Valhalla: The Bottle Cap Inn

Joe Wiser's Bottle Cap Inn in Miami was featured in Ripley's Believe It Or Not,
but more importantly it was a triumph of an obsessive personal vision. Fortunately, many interior views were preserved in a series of postcards

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Miami's Bottle Cap Inn, before an addition on the right side
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The Bottle Cap Inn in all its colored glory
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The table-and-chairs shot is one of the oddball conventions of commercial postcards. Did they really expect anyone to say, "Get a load of those tables, we've got to eat there!" But check out that ceiling and the light fixtures in this one
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A color shot of the Bottle Cap Inn's interior. The Pizza Pie image is a fine bit of abstraction
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Another bar view. One imagines this is earlier
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The Bar at the Bottle Cap Inn.
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At some point Ruth took over the Inn
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All those bottle caps, and this pair too
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Most of the postcards only claim "more than a million" bottle caps vs. this one's four
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The piano is a centerpiece of the bar, nicely framed by the circular patterns on either side
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Ever the coat tree is encrusted with bottle caps
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The other Bottle Cap Inn in Key West. One imagines it was connected to Joe Wiser's establishment in Miami, but I haven't come across any evidence either way.
See more views of the Bottle Cap Inn from vintage press photos

More Bottle Cap Inn Pictures
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