Saturday, July 23, 2011

Enchanted Tiki Shakers

“Mon ami! I am always ready, as you say, to put on the…” flavor!

Tiki Front

Yes, though quite difficult to work into a nice table setting (but fantastic for an outdoor summer barbeque), these little tiki gods of flavor are just about as nifty as they come. They don’t represent any of the main tikis out on the lanai of the Enchanted Tiki Room, though they look like they could very well be related. I suppose the gods of salt and pepper weren’t as worthy as the gods of wind, rain, and earth balancing. But here at the Sacred Tree, we think they’re just as important! After all, what is a good mirepoix without them?

Tiki Back

In actuality, they appear to be replicas of Easter Island Moai, which were carved out of stone. Here they are painted to look somewhat like weathered bamboo or wood, which is a very nice effect that ties in a bit more with the tikis of the attraction,

Made of a fairly hard ceramic and glazed to oblivion, these shiny little gods are like a little mid-century time capsule, in my opinion; very late 50s –mid 60s. Early Gilligan, I will call it. Tiki Top

On the back, in a fine tiki font reads “Disneyland” so that you may better explain their presence between the plates of chicken and mashed potatoes.

On top, there is a convenient “P” or “S”, so you don’t get confused in the act of spicing, since the gods are identical.  On the bottom is one of the familiar old “Disneyland” production marks. Oddly enough, not in the common green color of the period.

Tiki Bottom

I think they’re a fantastic piece of Disneyland merchandise history, and absolutely nothing you would see nowadays. I very much wish odd little pieces like these were still for sale in the parks. I miss Adventureland stores being well stocked with odd artisan pieces from other countries. It made the land feel so special and very realistic. No shots or bug repellant required!!

“Farewell, and aloha to you!


sb-illustrations said...

Miss Tink',.......Once again, you find some interesting bits. My wife,also, misses the Adventureland stores. Too many memories of items that she wishes, now, that she bought (in particular, a kimono).

Tinker Bell said...

Aww, thanks!! :D I'm very glad I'm not alone in my wishes. I remember no kimonos sold there, but that really sounds like an outstanding thing to sell in that area.

sb-illustrations said...

Miss Tink'.....In the early 1980's, walk into the Bazaar, about mid store, turn right. Somewhere on that side of the store, for a couple of years, kimonos were present. Hope the weekend has been good!

Tinker Bell said...

Whoa!! You're good! Awesome memory there!
Thank you, it was a beautiful weekend. I hope yours was, too! :)