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Hula Dancers and Tiki Gods: With Price Guide (A Schiffer Book for Collectors) Hardcover – February, 2001

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If you thought that Hawaiian war gods and ukuleles were a thing of the past, think again. They're just as collectible as they were in the 1940s, when U.S. servicemen returned home from the South Pacific laden with treasures. Hawaiian shirts which have always retained a devoted following, as documented in The Aloha Shirt: Spirit of the Islands (LJ 12/00) were one of the most obvious symbols of the Islands, but knickknacks of all kinds were bought by this newfound "tourist" trade. The development of air travel created another source of souvenir hunters and thus continued the fascination with all things Polynesian. In the last few years, Schiffer, a firm specializing in guides to antiques and collectibles, has turned out several books on Hawaiiana, and these two are the latest to document this enduring craze. The title of Pfouts's book pretty much tells it all. Look here for images of grass-skirted hula girls (some more naughty than nice) and, in the last 15 pages or so, those stylized idols known as Tiki gods. The text throughout is breezy and perhaps a little flippant, and, characteristically, most of the objects shown are on the kitschy side. Nonetheless, there is no discounting their popularity. Items shown include everything from postcards, matchbooks, and album covers to furniture, lamps, mugs, jewelry, and tattoos. By contrast, Blackburn's book, written by a Hawaii-based antiques dealer, features items that are considerably more upscale, such as traditional native quilts, vintage travel brochures and posters, paintings, textiles, and, yes, even ukuleles. As in Pfouts's book, values are often included, but the text is much more informative, with historical data included in each chapter. For libraries with decorative arts collections, both come highly recommended. Margarete Gross, Chicago P.L.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Chris Pfouts grew up in Los Angeles and spent much of his 1950s youth around Hawaiian artifacts. He has edited *International Tattoo Art magazine since its launch. Pfouts writing has won several awards, including the American Motorcycle Associations Brighter Image award. He paints and sculpts under the name Automatic Slim.

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Product Details

  • Series: A Schiffer Book for Collectors
  • Hardcover: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Pub Ltd (February 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764312472
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764312472
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 0.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,592,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Sherri L Cullison on April 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
There's no way this book should be listed under Home and Garden. Someone tell me why it is. Hula Dancers and Tiki Gods boasts over 500 color images of Hawaiiana collectibles. Pfouts' purpose is clear: It's all about fun. He claims he's not out to teach anyone anything. And then he goes ahead and does it anyway. Hula Dancers offers a great store of information and photos. Pfouts gives a clear picture of how the hula dancer and the tiki god came to symbolize so much to so many. He covers a wide range of Hula collectibles through four sections: flat hula treasures that includes postcards, paintings, pulp art, cocktail napkins, carnival sideshow art, decals, playing cards, tattoos, etc; the three-dimensional section brings the lovely ladies to life as figurines, salt and pepper shakers, plaster sculptures, drinking vessels, killer lamps and more; the vintage crank girls in the third section offer the reader a rare chance to see dainty little ladies who shimmy with a quick twist and the Hollywood section show how movie posters, album covers, photos and sheet music brought the hula into greater public view. The tiki gods portion of the book offers up information and photos on everything tiki, including swizzel sticks, mugs, pendants, bookends and furniture to die for. Combined with his entertaining commentary and assessments on what some of these collectibles are worth today, Hula Dancers and Tiki Gods leaves a lasting impression of the depth and availability of Hawaiiana out there.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tony on July 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
If you are into Tiki/Hawaiiana/hula then I recommend this book. It has lots of color pics and tons of cool old tiki/Hawaii designs and pics. While not as cool as some other tiki books, this book is a must for your collection and you won't regret the purchase.
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