You could easily pass the “Hulk” without realizing that it’s a locus of power, influence, and camaraderie. Beachcombers are fine with that. The 99-year-old group, founded as something like the social arm of the Art Association, keeps a low profile. Born at Cesco’s Restaurant, the Beachcombers bought the Hulk, a pier shed on Knowles’s Wharf, in 1917. Ten years later, a storm so shook the Hulk that the members moved it to the foot of Bangs Street. They rented it in the ’30s to the Ship nightclub and Flagship restaurant. The sculptor William Boogar Jr. set up a foundry in 1933 in what had been Clarence Snow’s abutting smithy. Like almost every prominent artist of his era, Boogar was a Beachcomber. The photo depicts a visit in 1946 by the actor Edward Everett Horton, third from right.
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