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Vintage Novelty Tribal Figures (Blackmoore/Black Americana)

Vintage Novelty Tribal Figures (Blackmoore/Black Americana)

 

This is my whole set of these natives. The only marking on the bottom is “Japan”. If anyone knows who the maker is reach out!

These novelty figures were made during 40’s & 50’s. This kind of Black Americana or blackmoor collecting is sometimes uncomfortable for folks. Obviously it was a different time from now. During the last century a lot of races were depicted by stereotypes & in unfair ways that by today’s standards would be unacceptable. My goal with my blog is to share our collection and this is part of it. I don’t share it to make people feel bad or uncomfortable, I share it to show what existed during that time.
I have been collecting these figures for sometime. For all of us who really enjoy the tiki/tribal feel, we try to create microcosms in our collection. It is not enough to just have a tiki cup on a shelf, you have to layer your collection to make it more interesting. I am always looking for a new way to add layers to our collection.
As you can see these figures were painted with bright color accents and sometimes things like skirts, bows, spears and even earrings were added.

It might be a little hard to tell from this photo but this is a native fishing. It appears this native hooked an alligator! I am missing the pole and string.

Gilner, an American ceramics company who was known more for its pottery and pixie figures produce something called “Happy Cannibals”. They would adorn planters with small tribal figures and also created standalone figures. NAPCO also produced tribal figures.

I see plenty of the “Happy Cannibals” while cruising the antique shops. I have not seen the guy in the cooking pot before.

Most of these figures were mass produced from Japan and were more than likely travel trinkets tourists would pick up to remember trips to far off & exotic places. People were always bringing back trinkets from their trips, sometimes it was a souvenir tablecloth, souvenir spoon, salt and pepper shakers and even these figures.

Our collection is elaborate and diverse. Things that were once normalized in the past are looked at with different insight today. Though some may be offended by these figures and might even feel it perpetuates the stereotypes, I promise you that is not my intention. In the end my only mission is to share my collection.

Art Deco NY Hair Salon Counter

Art Deco NY Hair Salon Counter

Mel and I purchased this bar years ago from The Antique Company in Sacramento. We fell in love with it the moment we saw it in the front window of the store. We put it in storage and forgot about it until recently.

We were able to find out some info about this piece from speaking with the store owner of The Antique Company. He said it came from a New York hair salon that was in business for many years. Unfortunately, he did not know the name of the hair salon. This was actually where the customers would pay. The drawer shown has an area for coin and cash. I dig that super cool art deco bakelite handle with metal circular accents!!!

Imagine how many women stood in front of this counter to pay for hairdos for weddings, funerals, proms so on and so forth. Think of the women who left this counter with a new confidence because of a stylish new hairdo. I love the circle accents on the lower cabinet.

It’s always fantastic to learn about the history of an item that you’ve acquired. It helps establish a more personal connection to the item. Though this used to be a counter to pay for beauty services, we think it lends itself to becoming a bar. I recently assembled it and cleaned it all up to make it more presentable.

I plan to stock the glass display cases with cool barware items from that era.

I had to paint the cream areas again and redo all the silver trim. The original paint was flaking off and the trim was beat to hell so it had to be redone.

You can load the display cases through these doors on each side. I imagine when this was used in the beauty salon they put all the new products in there to entice customers. Spontaneity purchases!

The original hardware cleaned up really well. All the hardware has an art deco feel and seem to match. I’m sure this cabinet and counter combo wasn’t produced by a company, but was more than likely a custom piece. We are so happy to give it a new home and to have it as part of our collection.

Hepcats Evolution

When we started our blog about 6 years ago, our focus was on sharing our mid century decor collection and restoration techniques. Over the years, we’ve evolved and became more diverse in our collection and what we are involved with. Because of this, Hepcat Restorations no longer represents who we are. We are now rebranding ourselves as Hepcats Haven. Hepcats Haven will showcase a broader time period of collecting and restoration of items from the 1940’s-1980’s.  We’ve expanded to photoshoot location booking and prop rentals.  However, we are no longer offering restoration services.

Thanks to all of you who have followed us through our many adventures and shared your thoughts. We hope you continue to join us in this new journey.

We have EXPANDED!

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Here is our second booth. We are soo excited that we were able to expand. We try to carry a wide variety of items to appeal to many different folks.

Mel and I have been dealers at Midway Antique Mall for a while now and we have decided to expand to another booth.

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A few of the things that were showcased on this blog are in our booths.

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Here is a photo of our first booth. This booth is in the main building and our other booth is in the showroom portion of the shop.

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Here is a quick shot of our friend Vic’s booth!

 The following  are staged rooms done by the owners of Midway Antique Mall (Mark & Ann).  They do a great job of capturing the feel of that time period.IMG_6033

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Vintage Couch & Chair Discovered

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Once we got home it was late and I took a quick pic of them.

I was cruising Craigslist (as usual) when what did I spy? A dusty rose-colored frieze covered couch/futon and chair! It was way the hell down in Fresno California (3 hours one way!). We went down there with hopes of being able to add these to our collection.

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Look at the design on this frieze fabric! ARRRGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!

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I just love everything about this set. The front of the armrests are soo cool!

After we got these suckers home I was back on Craigslist and saw a posting in Modesto that said they were looking for a chair to match the one they have.

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This is the chair a couple in Modesto already have.

Tell me what are the chances that we find a couch set like we did and then someone posts an ad on Craigslist asking if anyone has a chair like theirs. It is soo strange and cool how things turn out sometimes. This set was destined to go to this couple. Mel and I are so happy that these found a happy home.

Carlopalooza! (Major Carlo of Hollywood Score)

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We have not found a large stash like this for a long time! I couldn’t stop smiling for like 8 hours!

Mel and I went to Midway Antique Mall a week ago to initially stock our new booth and when we came through the doors we noticed a set of Carlo of Hollywood paintings that were new to the store. Mel and I were soo excited when we saw this set that we scanned the rest of the store and we found eight more Carlo’s that we did not have in our collection! We told Mark and Ann, the owners of Midway, that we wanted them. We picked them up today. Happy Day!!!

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It is hard to find a complete trio. This is our sixth set of trios!

This trio is very cool. The colors are still so vibrant and the imagery is timeless as usual. I love the Polynesian guy in the canoe! It always amazes me how Carlo did so much with his art when it is so simple. These will look great in the……….TIKI ROOM!

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I just love her outfit! The pink edges of the art make it pop!

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Not sure where these will go. They might look good in the Tiki room as well.

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Of course these will be in our Tiki room.

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I have wanted this set for a long time.

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What amazes me about all these Carlo’s is how vibrant the colors still are.

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Panthers are always cool! This one needs a little touch up on the black but it looks really cool as it is.This one does not have the forced perspective frame that all the others have.

Mel and I were just saying the other day that there has been a drought when it comes to new Carlo’s to buy. I guess this was like a torrential down pour of good luck! The good thing is that we might have a line on six more Carlo’s. Now the hard work begins, where can we fit 10 more into our 80+ Carlo collection. We are almost at a 100 Carlo’s!

Heywood Wakefield Dogbone Bed

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At last it is done.

We finally got our Heywood Wakefield bed done. I restored it a while ago but it took some time to sell our old one. We are really happy with the way it turned out. The finish has that usual warm glow like caramel.

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This is what Mel and I love about this style HW bed. We love the cut out in the foot board. It is basically a larger version of the back rest on the HW dog bone chair (M154).

We love this bed! It sits lower to the ground which is nice compared to what we had before. We have been on the hunt for cool vintage chenille bedspreads. We found this simple but cool “popcorn” chenille spread that is this soft pink color. We have been hunting for really cool peacock or flamingo bedspreads but have not found one we like yet.

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Mel’s mom made these pillows out of some cool barkcloth fabric we found online. She did a great job!

You might have noticed the Dahlberg AM radio above the headboard. I got it back from Luis over at Stereoadvisor last week and it works great. I had to make a wall stand for it to mount to. I can just imagine having the pillow speaker under your pillow listening to Perry Como or Bing Crosby crooning you to sleep.

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It looks right at home just hanging above the bed, I wonder the last time it was in that position….years and years I bet.

I think it all ties together and looks marvelous. We are soo happy with how it has all turned out.

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We hope you all like it too! If anyone out there has any really cool chenille they want to sell let us know!

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