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Big Kahuna
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Joined: Apr 11, 2007
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From: SoMass
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.

 
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Joined: Aug 20, 2002
Posts: 2793
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.





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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11192
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...


 
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VampiressRN
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Joined: Nov 23, 2006
Posts: 5772
From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2013-05-04 10:33 pm   Permalink

Fabulous post Sabu!!!

 
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johnnyvelvet
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Joined: Jun 12, 2013
Posts: 17
From: Louisiana
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!

 
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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4350
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2014-06-08 09:21 am   Permalink

A great ad from Palley's in southern California for their Hawaiian sale.



You could get everything you needed from Tiki mugs, salt and pepper shakers and lighters..



to Tiki shirts and Mumus





to glass floats


to Tiki torches and Luau cookout supplies




to hats, bongo drums and Polynesian paper goods




All for under $20.


DC

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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2014-07-03 09:38 am   Permalink

OK, how about the Tiki's Tropical Imports shop from Disneyland. A few photos from the Google.














The shop got remodeled and the Tiki's name was dropped in the 1960s.


It looks like those Giant Clam-shells are sitting on top of two carved Tikis.




DC


 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2014-08-12 4:08 pm   Permalink

Spotted this old brochure from the Polynesian Traders located on Holly in Huntington Beach.





They carried a wide array of bamboo products for home and backyard decorations with some great illustrations for decorating ideas.







Anyone heard of this one before?

DC


 
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