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Tangaroa
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Posted: 2005-07-20 1:55 pm   Permalink

Hi all -

back when Virani came stateside for a visit earlier this year, we all met up at Sven's. And for a while now I've been slowly collecting 'Tropics' Hotel images - so I thought I'd do a slide show (on our laptop, that is) for everyone that night...

Here are some of the images for you all - some of you die hards may have seen most of these, but since we have a lot of new members these days, I thought they'd like to see what the various Tropics locations used to (and where extant still) look like.... Here's part one, Blythe...





One of my favorite postcards ever, generously given to me by Sabu - the perfect storm of postcards - Tiki & Sambo's!




They just don't make signage like this anymore....




Interior of the Sambo's next door...




Are those Witco's on the wall...?


The Hotel coffee shop...shit-kickers in a "loungy" bar... awesome! (Laney - stop drooling over the lamps....)


Don't know why the PS location entrance is on this card from Blythe!



One of the nicest tikis I've ever seen! And right next door to Sambo's - what more could you want?


I'll continue the slideshow tomorrow....
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Posted: 2005-07-21 01:22 am   Permalink

Wow, what a treat! It warms my heart sitting here in rainy Berlin seeing all those images of midcentury modern Tiki and Googie! A-frames! Resin lamps! Neon signs! Aaaah!

Those wall hangings in the rec room are both shields from the O.A. catalog. They did all the 5 Tropics that were done in Tiki style (text BOT p.206)


 
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Tangaroa
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Posted: 2005-07-21 08:58 am   Permalink

Thanks Sven! (And that reminds me - sorry about your chair - we never really apologised for that very well!)

Maybe when you get back we can "twist your arm" to share some of the unpublished Tropics photos you have... or maybe you are saving them for an upcoming book?

OK - here's the next - very brief part, Modesto. I have very little on the Modesto location, maybe some others want to share?



Once again - tiki & Sambo's! I wish I had a photo of this one....





OK - sorry, that's it on Modesto! Check in tomorrow for my Indio photos from March of this year & my hair-raising tale about taking them!
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mrsmiley
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Posted: 2005-07-21 11:51 am   Permalink

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OK - here's the next - very brief part, Modesto. I have very little on the Modesto location, maybe some others want to share?



Once again - tiki & Sambo's! I wish I had a photo of this one....






That Sambo's is now a car stereo place!
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Humuhumu
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Posted: 2005-07-21 11:58 am   Permalink

Wow! This is fantastic stuff, Tangaroa, thanks for posting it!

Tangaroa's Indio story is a doozy -- stay tuned, folks.

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mrsmiley
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Posted: 2005-07-21 12:05 pm   Permalink

Tangaroa, are you going to make it to the Hooptylau Crawl including the Tiki bar at the Modesto Tropics? It is only about a 5-6 hour drive up Hwy 99!! Do it !!

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=14998&forum=4&16

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Tangaroa
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Posted: 2005-07-21 1:20 pm   Permalink

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On 2005-07-21 11:51, mrsmiley wrote:

That Sambo's is now a car stereo place!




Oh man.... that sucks.
Do you have any photos? I love seeing the old architecture, regardless....

Humu told me a little about Modesto - anyone else there have any experiences they want to share?
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Humuhumu
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Posted: 2005-07-21 1:27 pm   Permalink

Hey, at least the building's still standing! Though you'd never notice that it used to be anything special.

At the Modesto location, where you see the pool in the illustration, that's now the driveway to enter into the motel. The freestanding structure between the motel and the Sambo's is the bar, it's now operated separately and simply called "Tiki Lounge". There are still some Ed Crissman tikis in the parking lot at the Modesto Tropics, and the inside of the Tiki Lounge is still pretty easy to fall in love with, despite it's having many of the tikis removed and replaced with Bud signs. It really does have great bones, though.

Hopefully one of these days I'll get through my picture backlog for Modesto, I've got a LOT of pics to get up on Critiki!

p.s. -- that illustration is most definitely *not* to scale. It makes the Modesto Tropics look much grander than it ever actually could have!

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Posted: 2005-07-21 1:34 pm   Permalink

I love it. Great pics. Thank you very much.


 
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purple jade
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Posted: 2005-07-21 1:41 pm   Permalink

Laney can have the lamps...I want these purple counter seats! WOW!



 
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mrsmiley
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Posted: 2005-07-21 3:33 pm   Permalink

Alnshely had posted a bunch of pictures of the art from inside The Tiki Bar and Minnies--I can't seem to find it.
Here is some stuff from a past Birthday thread of mine;
INSIDE the Tiki Bar.

misc photos from Minnies and maybe the Tiki Bar;
http://share.shutterfly.com/osi.jsp?i=EeBMXDFk2bt30w
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[ Edited by: Humuhumu - Fixed image link - 2005-07-21 15:35 ]


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Humuhumu
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Posted: 2005-07-21 3:43 pm   Permalink

Lots of pictures of the Tiki Lounge and the Modesto Tropics in this gallery starting around page 3:

http://photo.humuhumu.com/v/hwy99/

Pictures of the the Tiki Lounge and Modesto Tropics at night in this gallery, including interior shots, starting around page 5:

http://photo.humuhumu.com/v/mrsmiley/

And more pictures of the Tiki Lounge in this gallery, starting at page 3:

http://photo.humuhumu.com/v/hooptylau2004/



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Tangaroa
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Posted: 2005-07-21 4:09 pm   Permalink

Thanks Humu!

I love matching up 'Before & After' shots.

Like this one:



and again today:


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kick_the_reverb
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Posted: 2005-07-21 4:10 pm   Permalink

Great post, thanks everyone for posting the pics!
Now, is it story time yet?
Mahalo,
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ookoo lady
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Posted: 2005-07-21 4:16 pm   Permalink

I found this with a search on Yahoo "images" for Tropics Motel:





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