Mid-Century Modern Freak

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The Polynesian craze swept America in the 1950s. With the 1959 publication of James A. Michener’s “Hawaii,” movies and Broadway musicals like “South Pacific” and “The King & I,” Tiki gods and other South Seas decor were soon found in bamboo bars and Trader Vics, a restaurant franchise still found in Chicago, Los Angeles, and other locations.

Marwal Industries, Inc. offered a wide variety of plaster of Paris statuary, among which were several variations of head and shoulder busts of Polynesian/Hawaiian woman/girls and men/boys until the late 1960s.

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    I got a set of these from one of Alison’s dad’s shops a few years ago. I always wondered what they were supposed to be...
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