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The Jungle-style Thread - Pop Culture Iconography of the Dark Continent
Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-12-10 8:22 pm   Permalink

Never really looked into this genre before, must say that there is a lot of fun stuff out there on the net that is sort-of Tiki cross-over.

A program from Duke Ellington at the Cotton Club.







Brochure from Safari Motel in Florida.







DC


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-12-11 11:36 am   Permalink

How about the amusement parks with that Jungleland theme.

The famous Jungleland Queen and the Volcano on the Miracle Strip at Panama City Beach, Florida



And Melody May at Jungleland.







Jungle Land at Storytown in Lake George, New York.




Another Jungle Land at the Palisades Amusement Park in New Jersey.




It's a jungle out there.

DC


 
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lucas vigor
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Posted: 2009-12-11 12:33 pm   Permalink

It's a jungle/african veldt in Irvine!

http://theimaginaryworld.com/lc.html

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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2009-12-11 1:48 pm   Permalink

My wife and I toured Lion Country Safari on our honeymoon in 1982, shortly before it closed in 1984. I can't imagine a theme park like that now in the California age of idiots and rampant lawyers

 
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lucas vigor
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Posted: 2009-12-11 1:56 pm   Permalink

I could not agree more!

I will say this, however: I watched an old home movie from the early 70's that my Dad made there, and you could see Lions, rhinos, elephants and other very dangerous animals just walking around lose. We knew to stay in our car, that's for sure!

I doubt today's generation has the same common sense. You can see how slow they walk across intersections, for example...as though they are made of armor!

But back to the subject at hand, Lion Country safari had two of my favorite african type rides..."african auto trek", which was a jeep ride (on a track) through a jungle, with fake animals jumping out at you, and the "zambezi river ride:, which was a jungle boat cruise.

A close observation of wild rivers in irvine will reveal some remnants of this awesome theme park!


 
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TikiG
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Posted: 2009-12-11 2:08 pm   Permalink

Not only did I visit LCS Irvine with my parents back in the day, I once toured LCS as part of a field trip - in grade school(!) - inside a f'ckin SCHOOL BUS!

I seem to think LCS Corporation was caught sedating some of the animals via tranqs or something due to mounting lawsuits - or am I just thinking/rehashing an urban legend?

It was a long time ago those damn 1970s
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JOHN-O
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Posted: 2009-12-11 2:27 pm   Permalink

Did anyone here ever visit the Jungleland (1956-1968) in Thousand Oaks ?



I have vague childhood memories of riding on an elephant there.


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JOHN-O
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Posted: 2009-12-11 2:35 pm   Permalink

And how about the Jungle-themed rides? There was the Safari Ride at Pacific Ocean Park (1958-1967) in Santa Monica.



And Disneyland used to have a Jungle Cruise ride.




 
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Hakalugi
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Posted: 2009-12-11 3:15 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-12-11 14:35, JOHN-O wrote:
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And Disneyland used to have a Jungle Cruise ride.






Used to?


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-12-11 3:50 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-12-11 14:27, JOHN-O wrote:
Did anyone here ever visit the Jungleland (1956-1968) in Thousand Oaks ?



JOHN-O,

Here is a link to a great website with the full history of the Jungleland in Thousand Oaks. It turned into a skate punk place after it closed and now it is the City's Civic Arts Plaza! What a history.

http://www.junglelandskates.com/history.html

Here's a few photos from the website.





DC


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TikiG
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Posted: 2009-12-11 4:01 pm   Permalink



Anyone remember the "Lost River" (one of many names) dark ride at the Long Beach Pike?

It had a jungle theme interior but best of all the ride featured a mechanical monkey band at its entrance.

Rode this many many times as a kid. If anyone has a nice color view of the facade, please post it! A very rare image if you have one



 
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bongofury
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Posted: 2009-12-11 4:03 pm   Permalink

Here are a couple of postcards from Jungleland












 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-12-11 4:21 pm   Permalink

Keeping on the amusement theme, it seems as though there were a few bowling alleys with African inspired lounges.

Here are a matchbook from the Delta Bowl with a quasi African/PNG mask for he Kona Kove Lounge.



and the Tropic Bowl with the Elbo Room Mask



Cool ashtray from the Safari Room at the Plaza Lanes in San Jose (on ebay).



Found this little bit of history on the place. Would be nice to see a picture.

"Catalana is best known in San Jose for bringing an eye-popping array of talent to the Safari Room (1962 - 1968), a bustling club he conceived, designed and managed that adjoined an East San Jose bowling alley, Plaza Lanes, owned by his good friend and business associate, Victor LoBue.

Located at the corner of Story and White Roads, the Safari Room welcomed a veritable Who's Who of pop music and jazz through its doors. Wayne Newton, Della Reese, Nancy Wilson, Jack Jones, The Righteous Brothers, Pearl Bailey, Sophie Tucker, Louie Prima, Duke Ellington, Mel Torme, The Supremes, Perez Prado, Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto, Roger Miller, Sarah Vaughan, Frankie Laine, Anita O'Day and Trini Lopez all played the Safari Room.

DC


 
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JOHN-O
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Posted: 2009-12-12 4:50 pm   Permalink

How about the Jungle Island that used to be part of Knott's Berry Farm?

They even had Tikis there !!








 
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2009-12-13 06:59 am   Permalink

Not much in the way of jungle goodness in my collection but here are a couple. First is a great issue of For Men Only from 1956 (jungle orgy of murder and lust)


A great photo folder from Silver Springs from the mid 50's. One of my favorite finds.


Here it is out of the folder. They even had a burger stand in the jungle.

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