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1959 Lithograph McVicker Polynesian fire dance
thegreenman
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Posted: 2006-09-03 5:34 pm   Permalink

I just got this find at my Aunts' retirement village here in South Florida, The lady she got it from "who knew the artist" said it was a promotional advertisement piece for a "Polynesian gardens fire dance" from 1959.
If anyone knows anything about this I'd love some info please. This looks like a Lithograph with slightly damaged edges, obviously removed from the original frame.
The back has framers tape that says "Schwarms Photo Center Bahia Mar Commercial Photography - Illustrative- Architectural-Marine".
Perhaps this piece was for The Bahia Mar here in Ft Lauderdale Fl?

Any insight into this would be awesome, thanks.

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Humuhumu
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Posted: 2006-09-03 6:23 pm   Permalink

Aloha, and welcome!

I don't know the answers to your questions right off, but perhaps someone local to South Florida will be able to shed light on it. I do, though, think it's fantastic:



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kingstiedye
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Posted: 2006-09-03 6:32 pm   Permalink

yeah, i love it! as a newbie, i know nothing about it, though.

 
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thegreenman
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Posted: 2006-09-03 6:43 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the responses. Do you think I could bring it to the bazaar next month at The yankee Clipper? Maybe someone would know something about it there?

I'm a tiki newbie, just building a tiki bar lanai at home and hunting for decor. This is my first find, and I'm thinking it's a pretty good start.


 
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Humuhumu
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Posted: 2006-09-03 10:02 pm   Permalink

I think your best bet is Kailuageoff; he's giving a presentation on Florida's tiki history during Hukilau. He'll be able to rattle off all (well, many, at least) of the places in south Florida that would have had a Polynesian revue to promote in 1959.

I did a quick search on "McVicker" (I'm sure you did the same), and turned up an artist named J. Jay McVicker -- some of his art is of a similar tone, but his style is more abstract, and his signature doesn't match the one on this piece. Oh well!

Are there any other details you can offer, at all? Is there any hope of getting in contact with the woman your aunt acquired it from?

I've posted about your piece
on my blog as well -- hopefully someone out there will know something, if not today, then a year down the road, when ol' McVicker's granddaughter is Googling for information about her grandpa (it happens a lot around here!).
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Kona Chris
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Posted: 2006-09-04 01:40 am   Permalink

That is one hell of a cool picture, and one that I would LOVE to have a copy of! Awesome find!

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thegreenman
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Posted: 2006-09-04 05:32 am   Permalink

Unfortunately I cant get tickets to see Kailuageoff's presentation as it appears they are sold out. I did get a ticket to the bazaar. I sent Kailuageoff an email, hopefully he won't be annoyed.
I took a picture of the framers' tape thinking it may be of some use.



okay the latest news is that this painting was done for a advertisement for the Polynesian room of the Yankee Clipper.



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Kailuageoff
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Posted: 2006-09-12 12:47 pm   Permalink

Sorry, it has taken me so long to reply. I have been slaving on my Hukilau presentation before heading out of town for a week and have not had much time to come up for air.

Unfortunately, I do not have any information on this print. It is very nice and mahalo for sharing. Quite a find, really. This would definitely be worthy of reproducing and perhaps selling prints of. Does anyone else think it looks strangely like a modern rendition on vintage tiki...? Everything goes full circle, I suppose.

Anyway, the setting reminds me somewhat of the South Pacific in Hallandale or perhaps the Luau in Miami.... maybe more of the Luau since they were located right on Biscayne Bay. Wayne Travassos at the Hawaiian Inn in Daytona Beach has made it clear to me that many different Polynesian dance groups performed up and down the east coast with various dancers and musicians coming and going, much like members of struggling rock'n'roll bands. So it could be this was a very temporary setup, rather than an enduring establishment such as the Mai-Kai, etc.

I wish I could be of more help, but bits of tiki history turn up all the time and maybe more will be known about this print eventually.
KG




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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2006-09-12 1:35 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-09-12 12:47, Kailuageoff wrote:

... Does anyone else think it looks strangely like a modern rendition on vintage tiki...? Everything goes full circle, I suppose.




I know, it is almost too much of a clichee...but clichees are clichees because they are based on reality!
I definitely would love to use that image for my Tiki Modern book, I need a vintage image with an A-frame and with people! Please let me know, greenman, if you can help me out.


 
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TIKI DAVID
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Posted: 2006-09-12 4:16 pm   Permalink



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GatorRob
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Posted: 2006-09-13 11:51 am   Permalink

Why is it that the two fire dancers remind me of Peter Pan? That's the first thought that came to my head when I first saw this and I haven't been able to shake it. Maybe it's the stance or his ear is just a little big and pointy. But I do love the picture.

 
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thegreenman
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Posted: 2006-09-17 11:40 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-09-12 12:47, Kailuageoff wrote:
Sorry, it has taken me so long to reply. I have been slaving on my Hukilau presentation before heading out of town for a week and have not had much time to come up for air.

Unfortunately, I do not have any information on this print. It is very nice and mahalo for sharing. Quite a find, really. This would definitely be worthy of reproducing and perhaps selling prints of. Does anyone else think it looks strangely like a modern rendition on vintage tiki...? Everything goes full circle, I suppose.

Anyway, the setting reminds me somewhat of the South Pacific in Hallandale or perhaps the Luau in Miami.... maybe more of the Luau since they were located right on Biscayne Bay. Wayne Travassos at the Hawaiian Inn in Daytona Beach has made it clear to me that many different Polynesian dance groups performed up and down the east coast with various dancers and musicians coming and going, much like members of struggling rock'n'roll bands. So it could be this was a very temporary setup, rather than an enduring establishment such as the Mai-Kai, etc.

I wish I could be of more help, but bits of tiki history turn up all the time and maybe more will be known about this print eventually.
KG




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Thanks for the Reply KG, It turns out this piece was done for The Polynesian room of the Yankee Clipper.

I'll be bringing it to the Hukilau Bazaar so Sven can photograph it. If anyone wants to check it out catch me there sometime Saturday. I'll be the guy that looks like Ed Kowalczyk of the band Live with slightly more hair.

-Chris


 
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FLOUNDERart
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Posted: 2007-07-25 11:08 am   Permalink

Man that's a great painting! I love it.

 
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Digitiki
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Posted: 2007-07-25 3:33 pm   Permalink

Yes, that is awesome! Definately consider making prints of that, I'd love to hang one in my home tiki bar!
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Kona Chris
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Posted: 2007-07-26 3:47 pm   Permalink

I've had this print as my background image on my computers since it was first posted. I took the full resolution image from the original link, straightened it in Picasa, and then cropped it so I had just the picture. The result came out VERY well. I'd love to have a super high-res photo of this image!



If you don't want to take the time to do the same thing yourself, PM me with your desktop resolution and an email address, and I'll send you one tailored for your desktop.

Hmmm, I just tried the original link, and the image is gone. Ah well, glad I saved it when I did!

Chris

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