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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2010-05-05 7:30 pm   Permalink

Randy, those Moais are CLEARLY pasted into that photo, not only the contrast, but the perspective is wrong. So are the burning torches. And then it would not surprise if the thatch, the car and the sign are, too. Someone just couldn't find a good shot of the place and wanted to help it along a little.

 
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Bali O Hai O
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Posted: 2010-05-05 8:07 pm   Permalink

Yes that photo is retouched in every way ... the Statues were closer to the building the torches were near the entrance, the sign was never on the building, the flower beds were lava rock and as i said I don't remember any thatch roof, no waitresses in grass skirts. yes! The artist rendering from the matchbook is not entirely correct either, that was maybe close to how it looked in 1959, it morphed over the years.

A better photo is on it's way, I talked to a former owner today from when it was Jon & Co. cafe, they have some stuff I am sure will be cool to look at. I can't believe there isn't anything left inside that basement, I need to talk to the Realtor to schedule a tour, I will try yo get some current photos as well. The building is empty now, Ashleys went out of business last year.

The sign by the road was made by Canton Sign Co. and was known as the chopstick sign, those signs are popular with the "Googie" sign hunters.


 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2010-05-05 9:07 pm   Permalink

Sounds great, photo documentation and vintage images are what makes these threads come alive. Maybe you find a 8x11 black wood frame with that Jackie Gleason picture under a stack of stuff in the basement...

 
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pdrake
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From: las vegas
Posted: 2010-05-05 9:24 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-05-05 19:30, bigbrotiki wrote:
Randy, those Moais are CLEARLY pasted into that photo, not only the contrast, but the perspective is wrong. So are the burning torches. And then it would not surprise if the thatch, the car and the sign are, too. Someone just couldn't find a good shot of the place and wanted to help it along a little.



hahahaha!


sven, you really do make me laugh sometimes. i love the way you just lay that out. i totally agree with you, but the way you put it just kind of tickled me. it makes me glad to know you. your knowledge is something i look for in these types of threads. cheers!
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Hakalugi
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Posted: 2010-05-05 11:16 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-05-05 12:18, TIKI DAVID wrote:
tread very carefully people.



Agreed. Something is wrong here.


 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2010-05-05 11:36 pm   Permalink

Hmmm...the only thing that I can think of that is strange is that we have not heard anything from the original poster for a while....
WHY would anybody wanna spend the energy to create something like this as a hoax?


 
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Hakalugi
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Posted: 2010-05-05 11:52 pm   Permalink

I believe that MikenRich has some Witco goods but I'm not so sure about the back story that Bali O Hai O is providing. Especially since it appears (to my moderator eyes) that MikenRich and Bali O Hai O share the same computer...

 
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TIKI DAVID
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Posted: 2010-05-06 02:45 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-05-05 12:18, TIKI DAVID wrote:
tread very carefully people.


Like I said.
This is not the first 'Drive by' Witco teaser.
And I'll bet..not the last
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RevBambooBen
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Posted: 2010-05-06 04:18 am   Permalink

check this one....

http://apps.facebook.com/marketplace/view/-/1898011763/?cat=sale%2Ffurniture
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Tipsy McStagger
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Joined: Nov 21, 2004
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From: HELL
Posted: 2010-05-06 05:03 am   Permalink

ben- good luck tryin to pull that out without damaging the bar! ..you might end up with $379 worth of firewood.



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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2010-05-06 09:02 am   Permalink

Ha Ben, that's funny: An entombed Witco Bar! Talk about excavating artifacts!

Well, the computer fact is odd, but I don't want to appear unfriendly. Bali Ohio's posts sound genuine to me, and I am looking forward to further findings. I guess now it's time for Mike'n'Rich to chime in.

And has our Pablus seen this thread yet? Since his post in 2003 he must have found SOMETHING, and talked to his uncle some more?


 
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TIKI DAVID
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Posted: 2010-05-06 09:19 am   Permalink





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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2010-05-06 10:05 am   Permalink

Kids, please don't turn this into something personal now, I agree Tipsy's sarcasm was uncalled for, but let's concentrate on the subject at hand --which to me is not decided upon yet, and bears much to look forward to. Let's wait to hear from Bali Ohio and M'n'R. I am a trusting person, and happy to be so.

 
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Tipsy McStagger
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Posted: 2010-05-06 10:19 am   Permalink






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MikenRich
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Posted: 2010-05-06 10:49 am   Permalink

The bar is very real and in my basement. My email is RKMartin@sssnet.com you can email me if you have any questions. I think I will keep it now that you have all shed some light on it. Before I talked with everyone on here I had no idea what it was or the rarity, Hell, I almost sold it to my boss to put outside by his pool.

Selling it is not out of the question, but I am kind of enjoying this. I don't want to cause any trouble here, just learning abut Tiki Culture is cool.

Thanks again to everyone's positive input.

RICH



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