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Bob Lee's Islander in Boston
bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-07-24 11:35 am   Permalink

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On 2008-07-24 11:23, tikiyaki wrote:
The ceiling looks an awful lot like the cover of Tiki Modern.



What's so awful 'bout that?
Isn't there some kind of program you can feed the image of the ceiling into that would de-stretch it and allow it to be viewed in flat in 2D? Up front, there's a Papua New Guinea design in the middle, and what seems to be half a modernist Tiki face on the left next to it. I fear that nobody ever laid on their back to photograph it, so we might never get to see this beauty completely...




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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2008-08-05 12:12 pm   Permalink

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On 2008-07-24 08:48, bigbrotiki wrote:

I am noting this effeminate look because it seems even more evident in the inside of the menu for the South Pacific in Hallandale, Florida, which curiously swiped the Bob Lee menu Tiki:

...a design which, if we look at the rendering of the South Pacific on page 74 of Tiki Modern, was even meant to grace their oracle tower in giant form!



Here is another menu that "borrowed" from the Bob Lee design. This was on ebay and I did not win it thus the small picture. It is from Chan's Hawaiian Inn located in New Jersey.










 
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The Mayor Of Exotica
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From: Boston
Posted: 2008-08-05 2:00 pm   Permalink

Man, I would have loved to have seen that place! I have eaten at the place that is there now, without realizing what was there. It's pretty good food, to be sure, but nothing like the interiors pictured in the postcards! It's been pretty well cleaned out. Too bad.
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sebtj
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From: Tom
Posted: 2008-08-30 12:28 pm   Permalink

I inherited from my aunt a shell that is cut into the shape of a fish. It has "Bob Lee's Islander" glued to it. I thought it was from Hawaii or Florida because she and my uncle traveled to both locations extensively in the 50's through 70's.

The shell is 5 1/2" by 3 1/4"



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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-06-26 4:32 pm   Permalink

Came across this interesting mug from Bob Lee's Islander. Never seen one like this before.





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Posted: 2009-06-26 4:58 pm   Permalink

I followed that auction. It's a very interesting piece; I'm wondering if it may have been used as a vase, not a mug.
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-08-30 8:44 pm   Permalink

This is a really cool-mod menu from Bob Lee's Islander from ebay. Never seen one of these before, it's right up there with that crazy roof. Looks like Stephen Crane bowls on the last page, didn't think anybody else used these??











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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-09-16 5:37 pm   Permalink

Here is a nice magazine ad for Bob Lee's Islander from ebay.





Looks like a much earlier version of the interior, you can see the menus on the tables.




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dsk5550
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From: Massachusetts
Posted: 2009-09-20 09:19 am   Permalink

One of my fondest childhood memories is of going to Bob Lee's back in 1966, before going to see the movie "Grand Prix" at the Cinerama Theatre.
My best friend's parents drove us into Boston, from the suburbs, and Bob's was the first stop.
I had never seen anything like it! My eyes popped out of my head, from the minute we walked up to the front of the building, till we left.
As I remember it, there were many many plants throughout the rooms, and each table made you feel as if it were plopped down in the middle of the jungle, and you were in your own little spot. I remember dugout canoes hanging from the ceiling, and nothing looked fake, or contrived. It all seemed as though it had been there, for ages.
After I had grown, I went searching for The Islander, only to find it was gone, and I was profoundly saddened to learn I would never eat there, again.
It was quite a place, and the pictures just do it no real justice. To walk through the place was truly an out-of-Boston experience! You were instantly transported to another place.
I can't think of another restaurant that's done that, to me! It was my first experience with Polynesian food, too, and as I remember, it was quite delicious!
That was one night I will never forget!


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-10-30 8:38 pm   Permalink

A nice matchbook with that same Tiki rendering, and a nice little saying from Bob.



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Tiki-Kate
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Posted: 2009-11-06 7:10 pm   Permalink

The tiki looks a like more like a totem, but I love the mini drink menu.



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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-11-06 8:34 pm   Permalink

Tiki Kate,

That is an awesome matchbook! It is from that transition period when Bob Lee was going from the Lantern House and Aloha Lounge to the Islander.

This is the early postcard that goes with that matchbook - same Tikis.





You really scored on the matchbooks.

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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2010-01-26 10:36 pm   Permalink

Wow, Tikis got big ears!

I don't think I have ever seen this version of these S & P shakers before from Bob Lee's Islander, recently sold on ebay for $$$.



Is this out of an Otagiri or OOH catalog, or a custom type job?

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From: San Diegoish
Posted: 2010-01-27 11:04 pm   Permalink

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On 2010-01-26 22:36, Dustycajun wrote:
Wow, Tikis got big ears!

I don't think I have ever seen this version of these S & P shakers before from Bob Lee's Islander, recently sold on ebay for $$$.



Is this out of an Otagiri or OOH catalog, or a custom type job?

DC



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They had a similarly designed mug (sans Dumbo ears) which was manufactured by OMC; they probably produced the shakers as well.
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2010-06-02 3:07 pm   Permalink

I picked up a postcard showing the cool sign from Bob Lee's Lantern House restaurant in a Chinatown night scene.



I also found pics of another double postcard with some more crazy images of Bob Lee's Islander.




That Bob Lee was quite a showman.

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