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Witco Furniture
tikicar
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Joined: Feb 19, 2005
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From: York, Pa.
Posted: 2005-02-20 06:59 am   Permalink

Hello: I am new to posting on this site. Here is a link to my Witco Furniture. At least I think it all is Witco. The Tiki bar and stools says Witco on the bottom. The Leopard has been redone on the bar and the large chair cushion. This was my parents furniture new in 1968 (the bar and stools & large chair). Then another guy had it for 20 years and covered over the Leopard. I got it back and redid the Leopard. It looks better than the photos. The flash really washes it out. The original Leopard was exactly like that on the King chair with arms. Also there is a Giant Leopard lamp shade for the lamp it just isn't on it in the picture. All of this stuff came out of the same store in Pa. The other pieces I have been collecting. I am the only one I know with this stuff so I was just curious on your thoughts. I have seen a few of the pieces on ebay over the years but some I have never seen before. thanks Scott
http://community.webshots.com/album/277581721zJZDsS

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Turbogod
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Joined: Jun 14, 2002
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Posted: 2005-02-20 07:44 am   Permalink

Very nice collection. I've been hitting some stores in Shrewsbury when I do work up there. Usually find a mug or two. Looks like I might have to cruise further north to find the better stuff.

 
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NeptuneTiki
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Joined: Sep 13, 2003
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From: Neptune Beach, Florida
Posted: 2005-02-20 07:44 am   Permalink

Nice collection. What do you want to sell??

 
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tikicar
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Joined: Feb 19, 2005
Posts: 106
From: York, Pa.
Posted: 2005-02-20 09:14 am   Permalink

There are some good finds in shrewsberry. There are Antique malls all over south central Pa. Finding this stuff really is just luck. Not much was sold around here. The store where this stuff was sold closed several years ago. I only shop when I really have the time. Some finds are friends who go out all the time and tell me what they saw. My Parents stuff took me years to buy back from the guy who had it. That is what really got me looking for more. Our room is really full now with this much stuff in it. I need to find more stuff to hang on the wall.
I am not looking to sell any of this stuff. It took me to long to find it. The only thing I might sell is bar #2. I had to take that with some other pieces to get those. I don't really need a second bar. Just not sure what I am going to do with it yet.
I didn't post to sell stuff. I just don't know anyone else who collects Witco stuff. Just thought I would post to see your thoughts on the stuff. Thanks, Scott


 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2005-02-20 10:22 am   Permalink

Wow, that is a fine Witco collection, escpecially because it is so Tiki heavy! You were born with the Tiki version of the proverbial silver spoon in the mouth.

Which part of this was owned by your parents? I am very interested to find out the history of first owners for my upcoming Witco book. Could you please ask your parents the following:

1.) WHERE and WHEN did they buy the bar and stuff?

2.) WHY did they buy it? What did they like about it, and where did they put it?

I think Neptune Tiki was only joking with his "buy it now" offer. Neptune, did you get my envelope?
Sven


 
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NeptuneTiki
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From: Neptune Beach, Florida
Posted: 2005-02-20 10:38 am   Permalink

Hey Sven, Yes I recieved your envelope yesterday. . Thanks for the pictures they turned out great. I had some luck lately on some witco finds. I will post pictures of them when I get some time. thanks again. neptunetiki....was i kidding????

 
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tikicar
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Joined: Feb 19, 2005
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From: York, Pa.
Posted: 2005-02-20 3:56 pm   Permalink

Hi Sven; The Tiki Bar like in your book and the large backed chair (my mom always called it the naked lady chair were the pieces my parents bought new. They also had some masks and spears with tear dropped shaped points on the ends. There was a big picture like my globe picture with a orange backround with a wood outrigger style canoe on it. (My mom probably yard saled those items in the 70s.) These items were purchased at Youngs Furniture in York Pa. They always sold the more modern and unusual furniture. The store is still there with the big letters on it. It was in town on a corner. They had a few show windows. The church my dad went to was just down the street. He said he saw it on a Sunday morning and went back that week and bought it. My parents would have been 25 or 26 years old. The furniture was in there den in the house they had then. Then we moved in 1971. It was in the living room then. We also had a tiger skined rug with a head on it with its mouth open with plastic teeth and tounge. His head unzipped to clean the rug. Also a 60s single black fur type material chair. The ones that are made out of one piece that goes up high on the back down almost to the ground at your butt then up at your legs. Has the sliding pillow on the back. I still have this couch. That was the only piece my dad kept when they moved to florida for a few years before divorcing. Anyway my mom redecorated to an oriental them in the mid 70s. The bar, stools, chair and outrigger piece went into my dads office at his car lot. In 1980 he sold the car lot and moved to Florida. The furniture stayed at the office. The guy who bought the lot had it untill last year when my dad finally convinced him to sell it to me. He had it in storage. He was using the bar as a shelf in the store room and had it to the wall backwards. He had recovered it with tan velour. I redid it when I got it back. The large chair originally had a orange cushion made out of a real rough burlap type of material. My dad started going to Daytona Beach in 1967 to see the car races. It was the bars of the time there and hotels that inspired him I think to have his own tiki bar. Funny thing is neither of my parents were drinkers. The other pieces I have gathered from Antique shops within 30 + miles of my home. It is Very hard to find around here. Mostly a farming and industrial area so not alot of wild taste back in the day. I am sure most of it came from Youngs.

 
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bongofury
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Joined: Oct 15, 2002
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From: Ventura County
Posted: 2005-02-20 7:21 pm   Permalink

Great story Tikicar. You will find lots of fellow Witco collectors here.

 
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johntiki
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From: MD
Posted: 2005-02-20 10:05 pm   Permalink

I am dumbfounded...York PA? You found Witco in York PA?? That boggles the mind!! Just thinking that there is a Witco bar 40 miles away from me has got me all warm and fuzzy feeling! Wow, that's a great collection! I didn't know the Amish up there decorated with Witco...
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tikicar
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From: York, Pa.
Posted: 2005-02-21 4:40 pm   Permalink

Hi John, Yes there were a few people with taste in this area. Still are but they are hard to find. There are some cool mid century modern houses in York. You just have to know where to find them. Our house is a typical brick rancher on the outside but inside it has some really cool touches of 50s-60s modern homes. We looked at some really cool homes but they were way out of our budget. We love the house and it fits our taste and style and most importantly our budget. When I started collecting furniture and stuff years ago it was hard. Now that it is popular it is really tough. Most people bought colonial furniture around here even in the 50s. I can't tell you how many estate sales I have gone to over the years with Heywood Wakefield listed to find out when I got there that it was dark old colonial furniture not blonde modern. If you Md. guys get up this way give me a shout. I am less than 10 minutes off rt 83.

 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2005-02-21 10:28 pm   Permalink

Thanks Scott for the extensive post. Do you have an idea where your parents got the knack for this exotic stuff (given that your mom went oriental in the 70s)?

That outrigger wallhanging was one of Witco's big sellers, there should be quite a few out there still.

I was wondering, could one find old newspaper or magazine ads for Young furniture in York? I'd love to get an original slogan from them. The name YOUNG is so perfect, because it seems to me that the people who bought Witco were often young professionals who celebrated their financial freedom from their parents' generation by buying furniture their parents would have dismissed.

Do you know
www.atomic-ranch.com ? It is a really well done new magazine for people like you and me who like vintage architecture and decor, and it purposely features not just high brow name designer (Eames/Miller/etc) stuff. Every issue shows well renovated mid century homes and their interiors, with lots of tips, and ads for good retro stuff. It's quarterly, I have all four issues so far, and I can really recommend it to everyone.

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tikicar
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From: York, Pa.
Posted: 2005-02-22 05:22 am   Permalink

Hi Sven: That is an interesting question. My dad says he picked out the bar and furniture. He went to church my mom didn't. He pretty much bought the set the way it was displayed. But I wouldn't really say my dad has any taste in furniture. My mom was the person who decorated all the time. My dad worked alot of hours when we were kids (still does and I work with him) He would come home after 9 or 10 at night. He did come home for dinner at 5 then went back to the car lot. It was just a mile or so from the house. Anyway he could trip over the furniture when he got home because my mom was always rearanging stuff. The stuff my dad picked out was always more fun I guess you would say. The second house we lived in the Tiki furniture was in the living room. Mostly Christmas or get togethers is when it was used. I remember opening presents on the tiger rug in front of the fireplace with Christmas decorations on the bar. I wish there were pictures. My mom tossed everything. There are probably only 10 or less pictures of me and my brother as kids. The Tv was in the family room. That room had a 50s theme. Happy days on TV and my parents were kids in the 50s. We had a old seeburg jukebox, A large bowling machine that took up half the wall on one side. Then the other half of the room a more country theme with big wood furniture. Wagon wheel coffee table (I laugh everytime I watch when Harry met Sally) An orange ski resort style modern fireplace. It was cool as a kid but now I think confusing. So your answer I think my parents liked stuff but as for style. Well no. I don't think either one had the best taste or at least could really put stuff together. We all hated the Oriental themed living room except my mom. That is why I like the stuff I do. We try to have our house furnished like you lived in it. Not a store. So we have some extra pieces in the basement but if we find something we like better we replace something. The Tiki room is taking shape but it takes time. We have only been in this house alittle over a year.

Now don't think I am busting on my parents. They did a good job raising both my brother and I. My brother was born two weeks after my dad graduated high school. They were actually secretly married the last 3 months of high school. This was 1962. My dad worked hard to provide for us. He was a very succuessful buiness owner. And a very honest one and still is. I was born in 1968. Another mistake child. My parents stayed together untill I was 13. I think that was long enough. I hold no bad feelings about their divorce. I actually feel sad because of all the stuff they missed out on having all that responsability so young. Also as you know life was different back then. Kids went outside to play. Even in the winter time. No cable or video games. I was on my motorcycle at age 5 and as long as my school work was done. I was riding.
According to my dad. There were three Young brothers. I drove by the store yesterday. It is all boarded up. but all the signs are still on it. In youk we have a big Fair in September. It is the countrys oldest Fair and it is huge. Up untill about 10 years ago the Fairgrounds were only used a few times a year. Now they call it the York Expo center and has stuff going on every weekend. Anyway. Youngs always had a furniture display in a room in the bottom of the Grandstands. They always had pictures around the walls of years past. I never saw any show Tiki stuff but lots of modern stuff. I will try to get to the Library and see if I can find some old ads for you. They were a small store so I doubt they had the budget for big newspaper ads.
I will check out that magazine. I used to subscribe to Atomic magazine. I guess it folded because they stopped sending them. Also Echos was a good magazine as well. Thanks for the Tip. Scott


 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2005-02-22 1:03 pm   Permalink

Scott, thanks for the additional info. Judging by the paint, pieces like the "Tahitian" Tiki chair and table and the "Aztec" chair were sold in the mid 70s, that's when Witco started using bolder colors.

It's a bummer that there are no pics of your youth left, I would love to have shots of actual people of the time period with Witco furniture. Would any relatives have any, maybe from Christmas?

Also, yes please take some photos of Young's for me, both of the sign and also of the whole place with boarded up windows.

Mahalo, Sven


 
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tikicar
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Joined: Feb 19, 2005
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From: York, Pa.
Posted: 2005-02-22 3:25 pm   Permalink

Will do on the pictures of Youngs. Try to do it this week when we get a nice day. I have to check with my dads parents. I doubt it though. We usally went to thier house for Christmas with them. My family was never big on picture taking. If it were not for some school photos there wouldn't be any. That and my brother was a photo nut then went to college for Art and Photography but the furniture was gone by then. He just found a few of us as kids but no furniture. I will keep searching.
I was wondering about the brighter pieces. Also the chairs with the bighter paint are not painted on the backside. The large Naked Lady chair is painted front and back.
I was out getting some parts today. While I was out I stopped by one of the used furniture shops I hit on a regular basis. In the back room was a Witco wall hanging piece. three pieces. Two kind of spoon shaped pieces with faces with chains holding a canoe with a wave type of wood carving around it. I posted a pic of it on my webshots page. Excellent shape. $37.00 Also a box of two aluminim Tiki torches in their original box. Only one was ever used and that it looks like only once. $9.50 so It was a good day. Later, Scott


 
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tikicar
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Joined: Feb 19, 2005
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From: York, Pa.
Posted: 2005-03-02 6:21 pm   Permalink

Sven: I talked to a friend who is on the York Heritage Trust. She is looking into finding The Young brothers or surviving relatives to see what photos etc. they have. Also going to help find old ads etc. at the library. Did you get the photos I sent? Scott

 
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