Islander in Los Angeles,
from the collection of
Sabu the Coconut Boy

Tiki Sign Pictorial

Islander in Los Angeles, from the collection of Sabu the Coconut Boy
Islander in Los Angeles,
from the collection of
Sabu the Coconut Boy

Sabu the Coconut Boy, paper hoarder and tiki archaeologist extraordinaire, has posted a collection of images from various tiki locations around the nation that present a chain of connectedness, perhaps demonstrating that one sign company was in heavy use back in the good old days. He presents a compelling case, with a series of signs with a tiki-shields-torches motif. The tiki used shows up in at least one logo from another restaurant where signage has not been preserved in photographs. In some of the pictures, the similarity is obvious, and in others it’s hard to say whether it was the same company or another one simply borrowing some ideas. It’s a great pictorial (Sabu spoils us regularly), and hopefully others will be able to chime in with some insights.

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