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The Jungle-style Thread - Pop Culture Iconography of the Dark Continent
JOHN-O
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Posted: 2010-03-25 08:49 am   Permalink

Nice work Zeta !!

(I'm talking about the prior post on page 19)

A mystery is solved in an American museum for a Tiki Mug designed in Spain which was inspired by African culture.


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JOHN-O
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Posted: 2010-05-22 4:09 pm   Permalink

I just realized this after posting something similar in "Beyond Tiki". Where did the inspiration for the Zombie cocktail come from?

I think this film released in 1932 (2 years prior to Don Beach creating the Zombie cocktail) is the key. Many film critics argue this film introduced the word Zombie and its concept of the "animated dead" into popular culture. Unlike George Romero's brain eating Zombies, these Zombies were based in Voodoo folklore which was brought to Haiti by African slaves.

Bela Lugosi, coming off the success of 1931's "Dracula", plays Murder Legendre, an evil voodoo master.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQV7wOg3hYQ



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martian-tiki
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Posted: 2010-05-29 12:47 pm   Permalink

[quote]
On 2009-12-30 17:33, martian-tiki wrote:
Quote:

On 2009-12-04 22:22, Atomic Tiki Punk wrote:
Well until I have something more rare, Bettie will have to do.
Unless anyone has a pic of Vampira in a bikini?





Art Photography
Jan 1953
Featuring Maila Nurmi pre-Vampira






 
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JOHN-O
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Posted: 2010-05-30 10:33 am   Permalink

That's interesting but how about a picture of Vampira on the set of a cheesy 1950's Jungle picture?

C'mon I know you can find it.

Actually Vampira would have more significance in my mid-century Las Vegas thread. She appeared for a while as part of Liberace's act and hung out with a young Elvis. I have a photo of her, Liberace, and Elvis at the Aku Aku that I'm going to post later. ( )


 
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JOHN-O
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Posted: 2010-07-11 8:30 pm   Permalink

This thread is dead so I thought I'd serve up this leftover cheesecake (before it goes bad)....



















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Mister Naufrago
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Posted: 2010-07-17 11:28 am   Permalink

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On 2010-07-11 20:30, JOHN-O wrote:
This thread is dead so I thought I'd serve up this leftover cheesecake (before it goes bad)....

message was edited by: JOHN-O 2010-07-11 20:41 ]



You can't keep a good thread down.



African mask and Tapa cloth from House Of Ming first and best Spanish Tiki Bar.



 
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JOHN-O
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Posted: 2010-07-30 3:57 pm   Permalink

This hard to find Tak Shindo album was recently (re)released in CD format a few months ago. It has a Jungle Exotica theme throughout (a la Les Baxter) and features elephant and monkey noises as well as some vague African chanting. If you like the lush orchestral Exotica landscape that Les paints then you'll love this. It's too bad they didn't use the master tapes as the source (it's recorded off records).



It's part of a twofer CD that also include Ethel Azama's "Exotic Dreams". This is a good showcase of Japanese Americans' contributions to Exotica and Tiki culture.

Also here's a plug for TC's Digitiki. His web site has a page focused on recent Exotica digital releases like this...

http://www.digitiki.com/digital_reissues.htm

One-stop shopping, it's INVALUABLE !!


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martian-tiki
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Posted: 2011-04-08 9:26 pm   Permalink

[quote]
On 2010-05-29 12:47, martian-tiki wrote:
Quote:

On 2009-12-30 17:33, martian-tiki wrote:
Quote:

On 2009-12-04 22:22, Atomic Tiki Punk wrote:
Well until I have something more rare, Bettie will have to do.
Unless anyone has a pic of Vampira in a bikini?





Art Photography
Jan 1953
Featuring Maila Nurmi pre-Vampira








Picture Scope
Jul 1955







 
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JOHN-O
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Posted: 2011-04-08 10:25 pm   Permalink

Martian-Tiki, go start another Vampira thread in Beyond Tiki !!!



 
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TikiTomD
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Posted: 2011-04-09 2:52 pm   Permalink

As unlikely as it seems, the jungle icon of my youth, Johnny Weissmuller (aka Tarzan of the Apes, Jungle Jim), once lived and roamed the Space Coast of Florida in of all places, Titusville. The echoes of his jungle call still reverberate in the minds of those who were here at the time, especially his neighbors around the former home on Knox-McRae Drive...

It started with a failed amusement park called Florida Wonderland that opened in the 1960s across from the Indian River on US Hwy 1 just south of the intersection with SR 50 (Cheney Highway)...

Florida Today April 30, 1968


In April of 1971, the makeover of Florida Wonderland, now known as Tropical Wonderland was complete, minus a few features...

Florida Today April 16, 1971


Florida Today July 4, 1971


















Florida Today July 27, 1971




Then, in less than a year, things soured between Johnny and the other business principals for good reason...

Florida Today April 21, 1972



The Space Coast fondly remembered Mr. Weissmuller and followed the rest of his life’s trajectory...

Florida Today June 2, 1979



Florida Today May 22, 1980




The end came in January 1984...

Florida Today January 22, 1984






There are a couple of related photos and documents posted at the Historical Society of North Brevard’s flickr site...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ed_kindle/2367470367/in/photostream/

The main entry building at Florida Wonderland (aka Tropical Wonderland) still stands today, though it has gone largely abandoned through the years...





BTW, exotic animals periodically escaped from Florida Wonderland, and troops of escaped monkeys reportedly wandered the Live Oak and Sabal Palm hammocks of Titusville for decades...

-Tom

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christiki295
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Posted: 2011-04-09 3:31 pm   Permalink

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On 2009-12-17 08:55, JOHN-O wrote:
Monkeys and lions are nice, but how about some mid-century "Jungle" pulp art.....







Good post.


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2011-04-09 3:49 pm   Permalink

WTF ....!!???

Tom, again that is some smashing research! From evolution to devolution....AND even an A-Frame at the end!

You now my ears perked up when I saw the place being mentioned in your Moon Islander research, because I had never heard of it - now I know why! I looked for a vintage postcard of the entrance, but came up empty. They were too briefly in existence - or too cheap to ever print one. There's gotta be some Florida amusement park collectors out there who have something, though.



 
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TikiTomD
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Posted: 2011-04-10 03:29 am   Permalink

Thought you'd appreciate that A-frame, Sven.

Digging through the archives, I found that the monkey tales associated with the defunct Florida Wonderland / Johnny Weissmuller's Tropical Wonderland occasionally moved beyond the purely anecdotal to become newsworthy...

Florida Today June 16, 1974




Florida Today April 15, 1977




Florida Today December 15, 1980





And one more article on devolution...

Florida Today March 30, 1974



-Tom


 
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Bora Boris
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Posted: 2011-04-10 08:17 am   Permalink

Really nice work Tom. Thank you!

 
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JOHN-O
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Posted: 2011-04-10 09:21 am   Permalink

Cheeta, who is the last surviving cast member of the 1930's films, was interviewed just a few years ago…

"Yes, I'm forever grateful to Mr. Weissmuller who first helped me obtain my Screen Actors Guild card. Those SAG benefits enabled me to retire with dignity rather than wind up in that snake pit hell hole, Tropical Wonderland".



UNGAWA !!

Which translates to "Great posts, TikiTomD". You've brought us full circle in this thread.


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