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the U.S. Navy in WWII and Tiki culture
Pele Paul
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From: San Dimas, ca
Posted: 2013-05-13 10:21 pm   Permalink

Im a big collector of WWII Navy items and found that I can combine both my love for this and Tiki items into one collection/bar.
Almost every sailor in WWII looked forward to time in Hawaii and Pearl Harbor, which resulted in lots of photos of sailors in grass skirts, Leis, and half naked ladies!
















 
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JOHN-O
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Posted: 2013-05-13 10:26 pm   Permalink

What Tiki items ??

 
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Pele Paul
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Posted: 2013-05-13 10:32 pm   Permalink

doesnt hula girls count as tiki items???

 
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JOHN-O
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Posted: 2013-05-13 10:38 pm   Permalink

Probably more so Hawaiiana but that's a circular argument here on TC. . The WWII angle does have Pre-Tiki significance though.

Carry on.


 
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Pele Paul
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Posted: 2013-05-13 10:44 pm   Permalink

OK good, Ill look for some pics of sailors and tiki gods too!
thanks again

ok closest thing I could find to a sailor, she's wearing white and there is a statue
















 
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Pele Paul
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Posted: 2013-05-14 07:06 am   Permalink













 
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tikilongbeach
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Posted: 2013-05-14 08:22 am   Permalink

I had posted this picture on TC a few months back. It's from an online auction that I lost.

Early combo coconut mug and ashtray.












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tikilongbeach
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Posted: 2013-05-14 08:43 am   Permalink

This isn't tiki either, but I think Pele Paul will like it.

Not my posting, but you can buy it on etsy.com $75.00

www.etsy.com/listing/83679568/wwii-sweetheart-navy-pillow-south-seas?ref=market





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Pele Paul
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Posted: 2013-05-14 08:58 am   Permalink

thanks guys!!! LOVE em!!!!! yea anything south pacific is my thing, my office is US navy subs and aviation, while the rest of the house is french Polynesian, bed room is tiki and the backyard is Jungle cruise meets tiki room!!
anything you find like that send it my way please!! i do a few displays for vets during the year and they always light up when they see that stuff!!
paul


 
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tikilongbeach
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Posted: 2013-05-14 10:04 am   Permalink

etsy.com and shopgoodwill.com are good places to look for WW II artifacts. You have to be very creative in your searching though, especially on the shopgoodwill website. The descriptions of the merchandise can be very creative when they don't know what they're selling.
Etsy does have some Hawaiian pics of sailors and soldiers enjoying the sites.



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Big Kahuna
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From: SoMass
Posted: 2013-05-14 3:05 pm   Permalink

This a great thread PP. Stick with your original subject matter. Servicemen returning from the Pacific Theater played a huge role in the development of Tiki, as we know it. The girl on the roller skates should go play elswhere. I've got some great stuff, I'll post this week.
Mahalo,
Rick


 
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Pele Paul
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From: San Dimas, ca
Posted: 2013-05-14 3:36 pm   Permalink

thanks Big kahuna!!!!

























 
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tikilongbeach
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Posted: 2013-05-14 5:30 pm   Permalink

2 sailors in front of the Honolulu Trader Vic's. It's an eBay posting. Too bad sample is watermarked across the picture.












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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2013-05-14 10:38 pm   Permalink

Here is a great TC threat about the Pacific theater of war, one of my all time favorites threads here!:

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=35520&forum=1

There is an amazing amount of images on the Pacific war on the internet now - not so much collectible, just great historic material. But images and objects that connect Polynesian pop and WWII are pretty rare.



This is one of my pet subjects. James Michener's "Tales of the South Pacific" and the resulting musical and movie "South Pacific" played a huge part in the evolution of Polynesian pop in mainland America, all the way into the Tiki era.



Because I am dissatisfied with the way The Book of Tiki description on Amazon simplifies and homogenizes the effect of WWII on the U.S.A....

"Tiki is the manifestation of exotic visions of island culture borrowed from tales told by American soldiers stationed in the South Pacific during World War II: trees loaded with exotic fruits, sleepy lagoons, white-sand beaches, and gorgeous people wearing grass feathers as they danced half-naked during all-night orgies of food and music. Americans seized these visions and incorporated fantasy into reality: mid-century fashion, popular music, eating and drinking, and even architecture were influenced by the Tiki trend."

...I like to present a more differentiated view of this history:

Indubitably, just like Lieutenant James Michener, the were many servicemen who were lucky to be assigned behind the front lines, on some sleepy island outpost, or in the supply units that came after the action.. And Yes, Hawaii was a dream assignment, which produced many happy memories (and marriages )



But the fact is that many soldiers landing on an island did not find a South Seas paradise like this:


...but like this:


So much so that it was the subject of war cartoons:


Of course this kind of scenery didn't exactly make for a good back bar mural

The fact is that the South Seas fantasy had existed BEFORE the war...


...and was perpetuated during it...


...and after


Nobody wanted to remember stuff like this...


..and the veterans deserved their share of fun and recreation for sure. The South Seas pop myth proved stronger, functioning again as what it always was:
An escape from harsh reality!



I drink to that!



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Hale Tiki
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Posted: 2013-05-15 05:49 am   Permalink

HERE HERE, BIGBRO!

 
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