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virani
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Joined: Sep 17, 2003
Posts: 1438
From: Volcanic area of France
Posted: 2012-07-24 1:50 pm   Permalink

Have you seen those pictures of the Islander ?

It's from a facebook page, dedicated to the 50's. I asked for more information. Amazing view of the inside, rickshaw...























All the image links are busted, please see the re-posted images below.

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WestADad
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Joined: Mar 31, 2009
Posts: 745
From: Tornado Alley
Posted: 2012-07-24 1:58 pm   Permalink

Wow! The shots of the entrance with the lagoon and outrigger are amazing!

Sad that color versions of these probably don't exist.




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SandraDee
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Joined: Mar 11, 2011
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Posted: 2012-07-24 1:59 pm   Permalink

WOW! WOW! WOW! Thanks for sharing those..they are AMAZING!

When someone discovers time travel zap me back to when those pics were taken!


And is that vicious virgin mug the monkey is drinking from?


 
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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4350
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2012-07-24 6:01 pm   Permalink

Virani,

Those photos are amazing, thanks for posting them. Great to see that huge Abalone Shell wall, and that huge Tiki pole out front.

Have not researched Facebook much for historical Tiki. How did you find them??

DC


 
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virani
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Posts: 1438
From: Volcanic area of France
Posted: 2012-07-25 12:43 am   Permalink

I've found those pics in a french page dedicated to the 50's (even if they have a lot from the 60's) : https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Fifties/236019136488588

I asked them where they found those pictures, no news yet. they have an album with tiki postcards and pictures.


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virani
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From: Volcanic area of France
Posted: 2012-07-25 01:05 am   Permalink

I'm sure those pictures are from the same photographer as the one for the Life magazine. maybe they published those for another mag...
Do you think they needed to go on top of the shield sign every night to lit up the torches ?
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Tattoo
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Joined: Sep 24, 2005
Posts: 231
From: Los Angeles
Posted: 2012-11-11 2:35 pm   Permalink

It seems that Virani's links for the Islander pictures have disappeared so I thought I would re-post them.













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Tattoo
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Joined: Sep 24, 2005
Posts: 231
From: Los Angeles
Posted: 2012-11-11 2:53 pm   Permalink

A pretty amazing ashtray that actually features the Islander logo tiki in its design.







It seems that none of the Islander mugs was actually based on their logo. There is the tiki mug made by Kelvin which is based on The Islander Tiki but I don't think it was actually used at The Islander (does anyone know for sure?).



I have seen that mug in a menu from the Kono Hawaii Restaurant


(courtesy of Arkivatropica)


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Bora Boris
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Joined: Mar 25, 2005
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From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2012-11-11 2:54 pm   Permalink

Thanks Tattoo!

Please everyone use Tiki Central 's own image hosting, it's not perfect but it's easier and more stable than the others.


 
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abstractiki
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Joined: Aug 29, 2009
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From: Lodi, CA
Posted: 2012-11-11 5:41 pm   Permalink

Yes, thanks Tattoo. Great pics.

 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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Joined: Jul 19, 2009
Posts: 6181
From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2012-11-11 7:32 pm   Permalink

So our existing Tiki Bars are missing live monkeys?

 
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KreepyTiki
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Joined: Mar 18, 2007
Posts: 193
Posted: 2013-03-27 1:33 pm   Permalink

Oh how fondly I remember this place -- along with The Luau and Billingsley's Outrigger -- when I was a 1960's tyke! I have particularly vivid memories of being taken into The Islander at night, walking up that zig-zagging walkway and then crossing the entry bridge over the mysterious lagoon below (complete with outrigger canoe) and past tall, flaming torches, all the while gazing up, open-mouthed, at that looming, towering facade with all those tiki poles and float lights! A Poly-Pop wonderland indeed! And I guarantee you that if The Islamder were to be suddenly ressurrected in its original location, just the sight of it alone -- especially at night -- would stop traffic and cause fender-benders! It was THAT spectatcular. And I'm not sure if anyone has mentioned this yet on this thread, but their marvelous sign was virtually duplicated by Tucson's Kon-Tiki, and more power to them for keeping a brilliant design wonderfully alive!

 
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