This site contains photographs from my various collections. I collect mugs, salt and pepper shakers, ashtrays, matchbooks, postcards, and LPs. My collection includes items particular to the Twin Cities, Tiki, Orientalia, Hawaiiana, and Polynesian Pop.

Below are the most recent editions to my collections. Enjoy!

Mai Tai Matchbox

Matchbox from the Mai Tai restaurant

Matchbox from Mai Tai restaurant

This matchbox is from the Mai Tai restaurant in Excelsior, MN. This restaurant closed in 1989 and was founded by John Logan, former head chef at the Ambassador Hotel in St. Louis Park. According to Tiki Road Trip, 2nd Ed. by James Teitelbaum, the Mai Tai was Marvel Comics kingpin Stan Lee’s favorite Tiki bar.

On one side is “Mai-Tai” with an outdoor picture of sand, trees, and what looks like a hotel. On the other side is a picture of the interior of the Mai Tai restaurant. It has a vaulted ceiling, bamboo chairs, Tiki statues, and other Polynesian-themed items. On the side of the matchbox is “687 Excelsior Blvd.”, “Excelsior, MN”, and “474-1183″.

In addition to this matchbox, I have a matchbook from the Mai Tai restaurant in Excelsior.

Found in the Labeled, Matchbook, Polynesian Pop, and Twin Cities Collections.

Waikiki Room Matchbooks

Matchbook cover for the Waikiki RoomMatchbook cover for the Waikiki Room

Matchbook cover for the Waikiki RoomMatchbook cover for the Waikiki Room

These are matchbook covers from the Waikiki Room in the Hotel Nicollet which later became the Pick-Nicollet Hotel.

The Hotel Nicollet matchbook is relatively simple with “Waikiki Room”, “Hotel Nicollet”, and “Minneapolis” on one side and a drawing of a Tiki on the other. The Pick-Nicollet matchbook cover has “Jolly Miller Charcoal Broiler” on one side with the following on the other: “Pick-Nicollet an Albert Pick Hotel”, “Minneapolis, Minn FE 3-3177″, and “Exotic Waikiki Room” with a drawing of a Tiki and a Tiki bar.

Found in the Hotei, Labeled, Matchbook, Polynesian Pop, Tiki, and Twin Cities Collections.

Curly’s Beachcomber Room Matchbook

Matchbook cover for Curly's Beachcomber RoomMatchbook cover for Curly's Beachcomber Room

This matchbook is from Curly’s Beachcomber Room. On the front outside cover is printed “Famous Steaks and Finest Liquors”, “The Fun Spot of Minneapolis”, “Curly’s”, “20 South 5th Street”, and “Between Nicollet and Hennepin.” On the back outside cover is “Curly’s Beachcomber Room” and “Famous for Steaks” against a backdrop featuring a grass hut and a palm tree. On the inside cover is the following “Number of Miles from Curly’s Cafe, Minneapolis, Minn To” with a listing of numerous cities and the distance to them.

Found in the Labeled, Matchbook, Polynesian Pop, Tiki, and Twin Cities Collections.

Outrigger Lounge Matchbook

Matchbook cover for the Outrigger Lounge

This is a matchbook cover from the Outrigger Lounge and Tropic Bowl in Rochester, MN.

On the front, outside cover is printed “Outrigger Lounge”, “Dancing Entertainment Nightly”, and “Fifth Ave S.E. & Fourth St. Rochester, Minnesota” next to a Tiki. On the other side is “Tropic Bowl”, “20 Lanes”, and “Elbo Room” and a shield with crossed spears.

Found in the Labeled, Matchbook, Polynesian Pop, and Tiki Collections.

Mai Tai Matchbook

Matchbook cover for Mai Tai restaurantMatchbook cover for Mai Tai restaurant

Matchbook cover for Mai Tai restaurant

This matchbook is from the Mai Tai restaurant in Excelsior, MN. This restaurant closed in 1989 and was founded by John Logan, former head chef at the Ambassador Hotel in St. Louis Park. According to Tiki Road Trip, 2nd Ed. by James Teitelbaum, the Mai Tai was Marvel Comics kingpin Stan Lee’s favorite Tiki bar.

On the front outside cover of the matchbook is “Mai Tai” with a drawing of a restaurant in the background. Printed on the back outside cover is printed “Rum Runner” and “687 Excelsior Blvd. Excelsior, Minn.” with a grass hut and palm tree in the background. On the inside cover is “Famous for Polynesian & French Cuisine” and “Located on Lake Minnetonka.”

In addition to this matchbox, I have a matchbox from the Mai Tai restaurant in Excelsior.

Found in the Labeled, Matchbook, Polynesian Pop, and Twin Cities Collections.

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