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A-Frames, Tailfins, and the Jet Age
WestADad
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From: Tornado Alley
Posted: 2011-10-31 1:21 pm   Permalink

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On 2011-10-31 12:59, bigbrotiki wrote:

Actually, the kind of guy who would drive these Austin-Healey/MG sports cars at the time would have looked something like this:






Now they look like this (well, when he's sixteen )




 
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Trader Tom
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From: Hillsboro, OR
Posted: 2011-10-31 1:59 pm   Permalink

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On 2011-10-31 12:59, bigbrotiki wrote:

The look denoted an individualist, a suave and distinguished but modern man, such as this...






 
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christiki295
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From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2011-11-02 11:11 am   Permalink

Nice photos!

 
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Big Kahuna
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From: SoMass
Posted: 2011-11-03 10:49 pm   Permalink

Cadillac's fins first appeared in 1949 & kept growing through the 50's, peaking in '59.

 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2011-11-14 10:51 pm   Permalink

Here is a postcard from the Mai Tai with some tail fins under the glow of the Tiki torches and the Mai Tai sign.



And another shot of A-Frames and tail fins from the Tiki Resort at Lake George.



DC


 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2011-11-16 5:39 pm   Permalink

OK, here is another one. Looks to be a 57 Chevy with full fins parked under the spectacular A-Frame entrance to the Half Moon Inn.




Close up




DC


 
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Bora Boris
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Joined: Mar 25, 2005
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From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2011-11-18 9:49 pm   Permalink

I found this cool image on the Laguna Beach Historical Society's website. Something "Imports" with a tusk in the window.



What was this place?


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Chuck Tatum is Tiki
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Posted: 2011-11-18 10:07 pm   Permalink

I remember a "Pier One" type store on PCH in Laguna in the 60s & 70s

 
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2011-11-18 10:18 pm   Permalink

"Here is a vintage color postcard from the late 1950's featuring a classic view of the Far East Treasures Building of Warren Imports in the city of Laguna Beach, California, located in Orange County. 1958 Edsel and 1958 Chevrolet can be seen at left."

Looks like it closed in 2008

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Bora Boris
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From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2011-11-18 10:22 pm   Permalink

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On 2011-11-18 22:18, MadDogMike wrote:
Looks like it closed in 2008




Ahhhhhh!


 
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Chuck Tatum is Tiki
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From: Southern Cailifornia
Posted: 2011-11-18 10:48 pm   Permalink

That's it! just could not remember the name & all those damn Bead shops.

 
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Bora Boris
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Joined: Mar 25, 2005
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From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2011-12-09 7:30 pm   Permalink

The Bel Congo - Costa Mesa, CA





From the post card that was at the top of my wish list.



 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2011-12-11 09:33 am   Permalink

Hey, that's my Buick! -Actually, it isn't, it looks like the 2 door convertible, the INVICTA:



The Bel-Congo was just two lots down from the Kona Lanes on Harbor Blvd. You can see the A-frame (from the side) under the sign in my photo on page 197 of the BOT:



You would drive the car in under the A-frame on the right, the registration office was on the left. I remember there was some kind of mask in there, but not much else. I think it was opened by a couple that had settled in the Belgian Congo for a while. I did not document or investigate further at the time because it wasn't POLYNESIAN pop.



 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2011-12-11 8:37 pm   Permalink

Boris, glad you got the Bel Congo card. Sounds like it was one of those that eluded Bigbro's radar.

How about a few more entries from the Kahiki.

The jumbo illustrated postcard.


And an interpretation from our very own Doug Horne.



DC


 
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christiki295
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From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2012-03-30 11:11 am   Permalink

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On 2011-11-16 17:39, Dustycajun wrote:


Close up




DC



Thank god this one is still with us.


 
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