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Other nostalgia interests besides tiki and exotica
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Apr 22, 2003
Posts: 439
From: Kansas City
Posted: 2005-08-13 07:02 am   Permalink

On 2005-08-12 05:59, Urban Tiki wrote:

I saw Trumane Capote, complete with hat, in Trader Vic's when it was in the basement of the Plaza Hotel here in NYC many moons ago (late 70s)...Kitty Carlysle is still alive...Shes in her 90s and looks great.

Wow! That's even better than the dream I had where I was dressed in a sequined Bob Mackie creation, sitting at the bar at Tiki Ti, when Jack Palance comes in and sits to my left, then Marlon Brando comes in and sits to my right. Now I have and end to the dream. We all three finish our drinks and walk over Trader Vic's. We see Truman Capote & Kitty Carlysle having dinner together. I do a Tarzan yell and they invite us to join them. For a grand finale we all lay down on the floor and create kaleidoscopic designs.

Oh and Johntiki, thanks for the Old Time Radio links. I will have to check the old Suspense shows at work because I have inadvertently deleted all the sound drivers off my home computer while trying to eradicate all the porn junk that mysteriously appears on my computer after my son has been home on leave. I don't know how that boy got to be so strange.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 01, 2004
Posts: 913
From: Shinola, California
Posted: 2005-08-13 08:32 am   Permalink

Books on travel written in the early 20th Century.

Older small cars that were designed to look big.(Nash Metroplitan, Plymouth Lancer, Mercury Meteor)

I've always liked company and sports logos. The iconography specifically chosen to represent a team or company...often in elegant fashion. (The Hartford Whalers used to have a great logo.)

About 40 years ago, the Anaheim Angels had hats with a tiny halo embroidered in the top. I loved that..they could have just had that and no letters in the front and it would have been cool.

Robertson's Marmalade until very recently used a little black fellow as an icon. (He was called Gollywog) It makes me sad that people found him offensive, and thus he had to go.

Foldgers or Hills Bros used to have an Turbaned and Robed fellow drinking coffee as their logo. Sadly it disappeared to.

Rambler cars used to have a stylized "R" (I love the name Rambler for a car...hell yeah) and it seemd in the '60s and '70's ever old person who owned on in Leisure World had a plastic rose on the Aeriel. (from the song)

Speaking of rambling....

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 29, 2002
Posts: 1794
From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2005-08-14 3:28 pm   Permalink


On 2005-08-10 09:59, tikitortured wrote:
Vintage drum kits (anyone got a VOX?)

I played in a band with a guy that had a VOX drum kit. It was a small Ringo Starr style set up. The bass drum was kidney shaped and the whole kit finished in metal-flake gold faux alligator skin pattern (I swear to God, I'm not makin' this up).

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Rum Demon
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Joined: Jun 20, 2005
Posts: 254
From: Portland, Oregon
Posted: 2005-08-14 6:17 pm   Permalink


Older small cars that were designed to look big.(Nash Metroplitan, Plymouth Lancer, Mercury Meteor)

Yes, of course, how could I forget! The European post-war cars designed to offset the gasoline shortages. The microcars! Awesome! Talk about character! The Mini, the Isetta, and my holy grail of automobiles: the Messerschmitt Kabinenroller. I have the unrealistic dream of restoring a KR200 with the engine from a motorcycle, probably a BMW model. The original power plant runs dirty apparently. Also, you had to cut the engine and run it BACKWARDS to go in reverse. I'd probably have to push my modified KR if I wanted to go backwards...

Not sure I'd drive a microcar on the highways and byways of the U.S. of A. what with all the MY-GIGANTIC-SUV-KEEPS-ME-SAFE-AS-I-RUN-YOU-DOWN cars on the road these days.

Then there's that new Smart Car happening in Europe.... history repeating itself?

Anyway, here's a sweet link:



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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Apr 08, 2004
Posts: 332
From: Huntington Beach Ca.
Posted: 2005-08-14 7:59 pm   Permalink

Shipwreckjoey, THAT'S THE KIT I'M LOOKING FOR!!! Who cares how it sounds...it's got a kidney shaped bass drum, c'mon!

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Urban Tiki
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Joined: Aug 18, 2004
Posts: 529
From: The Tropical Isle of Manhattan
Posted: 2005-08-15 06:15 am   Permalink

That's a cool link Joe, thanks. My father was in the service and we lived in Spain when I was a kid in the 60s, and those microcars were all over the place.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Apr 02, 2002
Posts: 1110
From: SF bay area, CA
Posted: 2005-08-22 10:15 pm   Permalink


On 2005-08-10 11:56, Urban Tiki wrote:
I just got a DVD that has two movies on it- Ghost of Drag Strip Hollow (1950s B&W), and Ghost in the Bikini (Early 60s in color). In the Ghost in the Bikini, there is a pool party scene with a band playing by the pool. Not only are all of the instruments Vox (big Vox emblem on the bass drum), but there are big tiki planters around the pool. There is this really crazy shaped Vox guitar. This is a great (cheesey) DVD.

I know this post is 12 days old, so call me slow, but here's a couple more tidbits about that flick. The band at the pool party in Ghost In The Invisible Bikini is the Bobby Fuller Four. They had to lip-sync and then overdub some vocals later. Guitarist Jim Reese was put on the piano - makes no difference anyway when no one's really playing. The Vox gear musta been some kind of promotional fix, because the BF4 hated the sound of Vox gear and wouldn't use it except to start a bonfire (as Jim Reese says in Kicks). But later on, Vox put out an ad with a still from the movie, with the BF4 "playing" on the Vox gear.

Fun movie though. For an AIP beach movie, it's missing a few things, like Frankie, Annette, and the beach. But it's got Eric Von Zipper, Nancy Sinatra, Tommy Kirk, Boris Karloff, and Gorilla X, er, I mean Monstro.

If'n you dig this kinda stuff, you really should check out the Dumb Angel Gazette (
discussed here). The new issue just came out, and it's, like, the bossest.


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Tiki Socialite

Joined: May 03, 2005
Posts: 213
Posted: 2005-08-23 05:18 am   Permalink

Rum Demon, Thanks for that link !

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 01, 2004
Posts: 913
From: Shinola, California
Posted: 2005-08-23 06:36 am   Permalink

Rum Demon, wow those are great cars! It just seems like driving one of those to work would be fun, although like you said about the Mess. I'm sure most of the simpler ones would not pass any emission control.

I've always wondered why they won't allow single passenger commute vehicles to be built from 350cc quads like cops in some cities use.

In the 1970s, Lion Country Safari had a bunch of paddleboats shaped like Hippos. I always thought THOSE would make fantastic little sports cars if one could fabricate it.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 28, 2002
Posts: 725
From: Vallejo CA
Posted: 2005-09-04 02:04 am   Permalink

Vintage diners...and vintage DRIVE-INS...

Shabby, but still gloriously pink, and yes, they do light up the ice cream sundae! Mearle's is in Visalia CA.

Sadly, another one of my personal obsessions is old New Orleans jazz...I inherited my mom's old Kid Ory records. *sigh*

I also love really melancholy old motel signs...

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Sideshow Stamps
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Jul 30, 2005
Posts: 42
From: Littlerock, California
Posted: 2005-10-13 06:39 am   Permalink

Wowie Wow Wow! This is the BEST post!
Almost all of my favorite things have been mentioned -

~Space Age and Sci-Fi * Especially Sci Fi Novel covers from the 50's and 60's! The art is really beautiful and inspiring!
AND old cheesy Sci-Fi Movies *Nothing beats a giant spider or monster (man in a suit) attacking the world.

~B-Movies *These were made with passion. You can just tell by watching them that these guys had an obsession, say about Florida Swamps, and they had to make their movie about that, no matter how little the cost, or how bad the production. Check out "Wild Women of Wongo" for a good Florida movie.

~Googie Architecture and Drive Ins *
Googie Redux: Ultramodern Roadside Architecture - is a great book and roadsidepeek.com - is a really great site for this sort of fettish.

~Definitely Old Time Radio Shows - Groucho Marx, Mel Blanc and Jack Benny!

~Carnivals, Sideshows and non Disney Amusement/Mom and Pop Roadside Parks are a huge nostalgic interest! *Check out Untamed Highway for a whole comic about that. And roadsideamerica.com for an awesome site visiting those places.

~Vintage Diners *My friend just sent us this cool link about the Valentine Diners from the 50's. It's really interesting!

~Sodas made from Sugar! *We are lucky enough here in Littlerock, Ca. to have "Charlie Brown's" restaurant and gift shop. They sell tons of those types of sodas and old fashioned candy too. Does anyone remember Sky Bars or Mallow Cups? I don't, because I was born in the 70's, but I get to enjoy them now. If you live in this area, check it out, it's on Hwy. 138 on the way to Vegas.

~Great old Black and White T.V. Shows, Sitcoms, Dramas, etc. *From a time when you could watch almost every show with your kids, being that they were moral and sentimental, yet still interesting and funny.

~Vintage Cookbooks and Household Lifestyle *Since I got married I have become more and more obsessed with the way women were back in the 50's. Such loving mothers/wives, who cooked their families great meals, and helped their kids with their homework, while still being hip and sexy wives too. Just because you cared about your family didn't mean you were a dork. Laura Petrie is a good sexy/hip example...

~Shriner/Secret Society Stuff *This whole realm just boggles my mind. I read once about a "goat", a round circle thing, that they'd strap you to and roll you down their secret halls to initiate you. The crazy thing is that there was a manufacturer who made these initiation devices for Lodges, along with Marching Band Uniforms! The name of the co. has slipped my mind.

~P.S. we just got those two movies also - "The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini" and "The Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow". They're another great example of superb movie making! Check out "Village of the Giants" too! Sci-Fi, Sexy, Go-Go Fun!

Thanks for the great Post!


Retro & Tiki Art and Rubber Stamps...

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Tiki Centralite

Joined: Jun 28, 2005
Posts: 21
From: Bradenton, Florida
Posted: 2005-10-13 08:28 am   Permalink

Man, i love Googie...i'm so glad here in Florida we've got a ton of it to look at(well, at least whats still left standing, anyway). One day i will make a pilgrimage to Palm Springs...someday.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 05, 2005
Posts: 137
From: Malmoe/Sweden
Posted: 2005-10-13 10:17 am   Permalink

Im really into vintage guitars...

Dont think tattoos is really nostalgia but the history of tattooing (talking old school here, like Sailor Jerry, Herbert Hoffman, Charles Wagner...) is a huge interest to me

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Mr. Pupu Pants
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Joined: Mar 06, 2008
Posts: 337
From: Edmonds, WA
Posted: 2009-01-30 03:35 am   Permalink

Adding to this thread--
I have a big interest in WWII history and plan to incorporate some of that into the basement Tiki bar I'm building (on another thread). I've collected quite a bit of stuff and, for the Tiki bar, I've mostly tried to find stuff centered in the Pacific theater. The theme is my imaginary version of a 1940s/50s era tiki/polynesian bar.
Here's a cool original water color I bought on Ebay today that has a great Polynesian vibe to it. It was painted by a (popular at the time) war time cartoonist, Paule Loring in 1944. I combined the listing pics so you can see the details (The complete painting is the bordered with rope):

Anyone else have this interest or other cool WW II/Polynesian related stuff?

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Tiki Centralite

Joined: Jan 13, 2006
Posts: 100
From: Orlando, FL
Posted: 2009-01-30 07:26 am   Permalink

Besides tiki mugs, Hubby and I also collect:

vintage men's magazines, especially ones featuring Bettie Page
jeep anything, ads, signs, etc. (we have a 1947 Willy's CJ2A)

and we're always on the look out for old sci-fi posters and memorabilia (my mom is Prez of the local Dr Who fan club, she even painted her garage to look like the interior of the TARDIS)

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