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Crypto-Mugs. Do these legends exist and who has them?
Tattoo
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Joined: Sep 24, 2005
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From: Los Angeles
Posted: 2014-12-04 8:46 pm   Permalink

Excellent eye Cavemoai!!! Nice to have found an actual Tiki bar/menu connection for that mug. Interesting that Vermonde apparently made pieces for Don the Beachcomber and the Tonga Lei. So, is the one at the Tiki Ti from the Tonga Lei? And if so, is there some connection between Ray Buhen and the Tonga Lei? Also, looking at that menu I feel that I have seen that fog cutter mug somewhere...

Anyhow, I recently found this odd mug from Doc's Town & Country in Toronto, Canada:







An obvious "tribute" to the Trader Vic's Fog Cutter mug. Okay, after some research there is some oddities to this mug. It is obviously from "Doc's Place Town & Country"





Whose only other mug I have found is an all ceramic copy of Trader Vic's Voodoo Grog glass:





There's a pattern here. But here's the curve ball, Doc's Place is located in Toronto, Canada. However, the bottom of the Doc's Place Fog Cutter mug is marked Westminster Hotel:



And guess what, The Westminster Hotel in British Columbia also had a Tiki Bar - the Tapa Room.





So, is this Doc's Place Fog Cutter mug from the Tapa Room or Doc's Place??? What is the connection between these two places that are so far far apart???

Too many questions, too little rum...

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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2014-12-16 3:19 pm   Permalink

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On 2010-02-26 16:57, Sabu The Coconut Boy wrote:
Thanks Mucho, KC! Love looking at your collection.

The Gremlin bowls in your photo definitely match up with the one labeled PB2Y in the LIFE group photo - just a tad smaller and shallower than the Scorpion bowl, but not by much:



And I agree with Swanky and Midnight that the B-17 and PB2Y bowls in the article sure do look the same. They might have been mis-captioned. But without anything sitting next to the B-17 for size comparison, we'll never know. And what about the P-40 single-server?



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On 2007-04-15 08:42, Benehune wrote:

Here's the bowl in the middle:



The elusive PB2Y2 Gremlin. I had never seen one before, I wanted this one, but c'est la vie, mon ami. It's a cool drink, and there's much history behind the item.




This is a fantastic and rare bowl. If I had seen it I would have taken out a new credit card to get it. I don't begrudge Frank because he has done his best to put together one of the most comprehensive collections of all things tiki. He is truly devoted to preserving tiki, and represents the most devoted tikiphiles in our ranks.

When I first read The Book of Tiki I wondered why a WWII place mat of Hitler had been included in the piece about Trader Vic,so I bought Victor Bergeron's autobiography. I discovered that he was an active supporter of the brave men fighting the war. He sent crates of liquor to unknown destinations for the servicemen, who set-up little officer's clubs. He gave preferential treatment in his restaurant to those in the military. He even made mugs, drinks and a menu to honor them by poking fun of the gremlins who plagued the airplanes overseas. When these men came home, they had a warm place in their hearts for Trader Vic, which did not hurt his business and the promotion of tiki.

Additionally, I think the gremlin tribute predated the menehune by twenty years. Oh, and correct me if I am wrong about any of this.




I spotted a Trader Vic's Gremlin menu that features the three drinks with graphics of the planes. The P-40 was 50 cents and served one person. The PB-2Y2 was $1.00 and the B-17 was $2.50 for 4 persons, so there must have been two different bowl sizes.





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Bail Tekey
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Posted: 2015-03-18 10:06 am   Permalink

I thought that i would post these here. Although not a mug, but S&P shakers, i think that these would quality as crypto. Found last week.

I wonder if there is a mug version out there?



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Tattoo
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Posted: 2015-03-19 11:54 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2015-03-18 10:06, Bail Tekey wrote:
I thought that i would post these here. Although not a mug, but S&P shakers, i think that these would quality as crypto. Found last week.

I wonder if there is a mug version out there?



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Crypto shakers indeed! I have never seen them before. And yes, there is a mug version out there...

Very few items from The Los Angeles Islander actually incorporate their iconic Tiki image:



I have to say that the S&P Shakers probably match the closest. The only other marked Islander Tiki item (that I know of) with their signature Tiki is the ashtray:





But when it comes to mugs... The LA Islander "signature" Tiki mug is of course the awesome Island Chief made by Spurlin:



Which doesn't match their logo at all. But yes, there is a Los Angeles Islander logo Tiki mug:



which is better known as the Kelvin Tiki Mug. There's no documentation of it ever being used at The Islander and I don't believe it ever was. It was however used at the Kono Hawaii:




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ErichTroudt
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Posted: 2015-03-20 3:09 pm   Permalink

My set of Islander S&P has the red mouth. It also has the gold OMC Japan sticker on the bottom.



 
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Thrift Tiki
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Posted: 2015-05-05 2:43 pm   Permalink

This bowl has the Don the Beachcomber salt and pepper guys at the ends of it but is not marked.

I searched old DTB menus and came up with nothing.

Anyone seen or have an idea where this came from?






 
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Tattoo
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Posted: 2015-05-05 3:20 pm   Permalink

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On 2015-05-05 14:43, Thrift Tiki wrote:
This bowl has the Don the Beachcomber salt and pepper guys at the ends of it but is not marked.

I searched old DTB menus and came up with nothing.

Anyone seen or have an idea where this came from?








Yes, that bowl was used at Trader Nick's in Pismo.

http://www.ooga-mooga.com/cgi-bin/all/mug.cgi?mode=view&mug_id=6125

Here's a postcard with it on it:



One would imagine it would have been used at Don the Beachcomber but I guess the DTB shaker Tiki's were borrowed. Pretty cool and quite rare indeed. Congrats!!!

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Thrift Tiki
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Posted: 2015-05-05 3:50 pm   Permalink

[quote]
On 2015-05-05 15:20, Tattoo wrote:
Quote:



Yes, that bowl was used at Trader Nick's in Pismo.

http://www.ooga-mooga.com/cgi-bin/all/mug.cgi?mode=view&mug_id=6125

Here's a postcard with it on it:



One would imagine it would have been used at Don the Beachcomber but I guess the DTB shaker Tiki's were borrowed. Pretty cool and quite rare indeed. Congrats!!!

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Tattoo thanks for taking the time to reply! Super awesome of ya!


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2015-05-05 6:11 pm   Permalink

Liz, I mean Thrift Tiki, nice find!

DC


 
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Tiki Toli
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From: Canton Ohio
Posted: 2015-05-13 09:12 am   Permalink

It doesn't get much better than this. 4 original Kahiki Zombie mugs obtained together at an estate sale in the Columbus area. Old lady that had them said that they were obtained at the Kahiki soon after it opened. Everything appears to be right and they do not look like Linda Sapp's repros.







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Tattoo
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Posted: 2015-05-13 11:24 am   Permalink

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On 2015-05-13 09:12, Tiki Toli wrote:
It doesn't get much better than this. 4 original Kahiki Zombie mugs obtained together at an estate sale in the Columbus area. Old lady that had them said that they were obtained at the Kahiki soon after it opened. Everything appears to be right and they do not look like Linda Sapp's repros.






Amazing and super cool!!! Congrats


 
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umeone
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Posted: 2015-05-13 4:22 pm   Permalink

Tiki Toli,
Great find!They are in fact Kahiki. They were made in a light and dark brown bark color as well as a light and dark green face. some of the faces were painted with a fluescent paint that is visible with a black light.


 
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Tiki Toli
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Posted: 2015-05-14 06:45 am   Permalink

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On 2015-05-13 16:22, umeone wrote:
Tiki Toli,
Great find!They are in fact Kahiki. They were made in a light and dark brown bark color as well as a light and dark green face. some of the faces were painted with a fluescent paint that is visible with a black light.



Thanks Linda!


 
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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 17 days ago; 4:40 pm   Permalink

Aloha,

Ah, the Polynesian Pottery bamboo (Fogcutter) mug from Trader Vic's circa 1967-1968... Quite happy. $2.00 well spent.





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ron-tiki
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Posted: 17 days ago; 8:11 pm   Permalink

Nice score! I got to mine from a thrift store in Lone Pine ,Ca. on my way to Mammoth a few years back. paid 20 for it and thought I got a killer deal..

 
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