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Big Kahuna
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Joined: Apr 11, 2007
Posts: 2186
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: 2789
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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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11003
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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Joined: Nov 23, 2006
Posts: 5509
From: Sin City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2013-05-04 10:33 pm   Permalink

Fabulous post Sabu!!!

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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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