||Barefoot Trader Polynesian/Tiki Stores
Joined: Apr 11, 2007
|Posted: 2012-08-26 6:03 pm  Permalink|
Drove by there, again, a couple of weeks ago. It's just a sad shell of its former self.
|Sabu The Coconut Boy|
Grand Member (first year)
Joined: Aug 20, 2002
From: Carson, California
|Posted: 2013-05-04 6:49 pm  Permalink|
The Tropical Trader at 2600 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, Florida:
This is a press photo from July 1968, announcing the demolition of the property. Looks like it was an old turn-of-the-century house converted into a store.
The Tikis out front appear to be the cheaper mass-produced Orchids of Hawaii versions that we see near at the tail-end of the tiki heyday, and not the finer-carved examples from earlier years:
Inside the front window I see what might be a carousel horse spanning the first 2 windows.
[ This Message was edited by: Sabu The Coconut Boy 2013-05-04 18:51 ]
Joined: Mar 25, 2002
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
|Posted: 2013-05-04 8:55 pm  Permalink|
Nice zoom-in work! I expected to be standing IN the store next
Wonder WHO made those Tikis for Orchids of Hawaii, they must have sold a ton. At least these don't seem to be painted...
Grand Member (7 years)
Joined: Nov 23, 2006
From: Sin City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
|Posted: 2013-05-04 10:33 pm  Permalink|
Fabulous post Sabu!!!
Joined: Jun 12, 2013
|Posted: 2013-06-14 07:04 am  Permalink|
I've just re-joined after many years of TC absence, and this entire thread is worthy of the Book of Tiki Part Two! It is almost stunning to see these types of images; it is, in a way, like time travel. Especially for those of us so far from the West Coast. Finally, it sort of gives me hope that many of the things sold in the afore-mentioned unusual retailers will eventually show up in thrift shops or collectible stores. Excellent images, scanning and commentary!