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'Where is it?' is the question
A Frame
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From: Mr. C's on the Coast Highway
Posted: 2012-01-16 6:32 pm   Permalink

Going through some old family photo album sheets over the weekend, this popped out and I quickly grabbed it. I scanned it and blew it up trying to find out whom, what and where.

Whom? I donít believe any of the people in the photo are family members, so I canít figure out why this was in with our familyís photos. The old man isnít around anymore to elaborate and he never owned an Instamatic camera. (Nor did he ever visit a Fotomat!) Those are definitely TIKIís next to a waterfall under an A Frame, so Iíve got the Ďwhatí handled.

So itís that burning question Ďwhere is it?í that I know someone here on TC has the answer to, right? I'd like to move it to the correct link.
Thanks!




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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2012-01-16 7:51 pm   Permalink

Look at the awe on the kid's faces. (well, all you can see is the back of their heads, but imagine the awe) Those could be some current TC member for all we know!

 
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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2012-01-16 8:05 pm   Permalink

Aloha,

Dunno, but tried to clean it up a bit in photoshop to see if I could read the sign...



No luck. Mainland for sure.

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Chuck Tatum is Tiki
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Posted: 2012-01-16 11:03 pm   Permalink

Could it be the Japanese Deer Park? circa 1960s

 
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nui 'umi 'umi
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Posted: 2012-01-16 11:29 pm   Permalink

my wife and i visited the deer park (buena park,ca)on dates several times in the late 60's. the pic looks vaguely familiar cept for the tikis. my wife reminded me of the long gone "green area" housed within one of the buildings at hancock park/la brea tar pits. i do recall railings and stairs much like those in the picture but again -i do not recall the tikis. too many years and rums have passed.

 
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Chuck Tatum is Tiki
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Posted: 2012-01-16 11:33 pm   Permalink

I remember the koi ponds and Tikis at the Deer Park, but also for me was a long time ago....

 
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JOHN-O
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Posted: 2012-01-17 04:23 am   Permalink

I don't think that's JDP, at least not in its first incarnation.

Possibly it was the short lived (and Tiki-themed)
Enchanted Village which lasted all of 1 year after JDP shut down in 1976 (when all the deer got sick).

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JOHN-O
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Posted: 2012-01-17 04:44 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-01-16 18:32, A Frame wrote:

...I donít believe any of the people in the photo are family members, so I canít figure out why this was in with our familyís photos. The old man isnít around anymore elaborate and he never owned an Instamatic camera...


Also A-Frame, you crazy Tiki nut !!...

You stumble across a "family" photo of an unidentified woman with a bunch of kids and your first reaction is "Where are those Tikis from ??".


 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2012-01-17 08:16 am   Permalink

Bob and Leroy at O.A., or Chris Jepsen would be a good address to inquire about this photo.

John-O, that Enchanted Village blog is priceless with all these ex-employees chiming in! A guard, a PR-director, someone who sang on the theme song record...

"....i used to work there. I worked in 2 shows, the musical with the horses and adam and eve. I was a hunter and a gorilla threw me off the top of the treehouse, then a swamp monster would eat me.."

"...i worked at enchanted village as a young girl i was about 7 or 8 i danced in the hawaiian show there this was a fun time was able to go on all the rides i have great memories of the park..."

"...I remember the Creature from the Black Lagoon - scared the crap out of my sister and I, but also remember feeling sorry for it because it had to live in the lagoon and couldn't live normally..."

This is the best one:

"I worked at Enchanted Village the summer of 1977. I started out at the front gate taking tickets in a pink sari. After a few weeks I climbed the corporate ladder all the way up to llama walker. :>) How many people can say that? (three that I know of - my co-workers Cindy and Sue, and me). We had to groom Marc the llama in the morning, blow up balloons, and then walk him around the park, selling balloons. Marc was not overly cooperative - he would spit and try to stomp on our feet. In hindsight, can't say as I blame him...
I remember a nice guy name Daryl who worked there - he wrote the Noah Show (a musical at the park that featured Noah and plenty of animals, as you might guess). Daryl did various other high-level stuff around the park. It was very much a mom-and-pops operation. There was a German tiger trainer and a cute young guy named Ridge who was one of the elephant trainers. Ridge also starred in one of the shows where he was stranded on a desert island with a bunch of animals in nothing but a loin cloth. I have pictures of that show but don't know how to post them here."

Naomi remembers Deer Park...and being traumatized by watching a Geisha beat the crap out of a little deer with a paper umbrella after the deer had bit some kid while feeding it.

Here is what I would think was the "Lagoon" stage (but it's obviously an outdoor space):




 
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Mr. NoNaMe
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Posted: 2012-01-17 08:49 am   Permalink

I see that mom and the kids are on the walkway in front of a three story structure. It also appears that they are under an a frame. The picture was made in Nov. 73.

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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2012-01-17 10:36 am   Permalink

I see that the foreground Tiki looks like home-made, possibly paper mache, like it was part of the flower arrangement - strangely reminding me of the recent Rose Bowl float.

The one in the middle, in the back, is a typical palm log, but not very intricately carved.

The one on the left has this strange bluish-grey tone, which leads me to believe it's made from yet another material.

And Mr. Noname is right, the early date on the photo precludes that this would be Enchanted Village.


 
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TIKIBOSKO
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Posted: 2012-01-17 11:48 am   Permalink

Just going by the plants (and assuming the weather can effect them), the palm in the foreground (right) looks like a chamaedorea species which could grow in So Cal or Hawaii, the flowers on the other hand only look good (outside) in Hawaii unless they were in pots (and moved in from a green house) or part of a floral arrangement. Where ever it is, it's intense.

 
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Mr. NoNaMe
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Posted: 2012-01-17 12:07 pm   Permalink

There is a waterfall behind the tikis just below the railing of the third floor and a brown sign (on a white awning?) on the far left.
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2012-01-17 12:39 pm   Permalink

Where is that damn Esper machine again!




 
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A Frame
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From: Mr. C's on the Coast Highway
Posted: 2012-01-17 1:19 pm   Permalink

Thanks everyone! My first thought was Disneyland because of the Tiki on the right and the fact that my older brother worked there for over 10 years, November of '73 being around the middle of that period. I showed it to him right after I saw it and he didn't have a clue as to the location of the 'where'.

In looking at it again, those stairs stand out. They must lead up to something or somewhere...


 
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