This is a list of every Trader Vic’s postcard that I know of. Where I own an example, the thumbnail links to a larger view. Otherwise, it usually links to an online reference such as Tiki Central that discusses the card.
Thanks very much to everyone who provided great information on Tiki Central and elsewhere, to anyone whose content I linked to, and to Dustycajun for loads of information and Hamburg and Honolulu pics.
I haven’t yet included hotel postcards that have an incidental mention or show a Trader Vic’s entrance as part of a larger picture, and non-postal cards aren’t intended to be comprehensive. I’d love to hear more about what’s missing. With permission, I’ll post any updates that I receive.— Tom <email@example.com>
Trader Vic’s Classic Fashion Show & Tiki Oasis Pre-Party, July 19, 2012 (non-postal)
Trader Vic’s Cocktail Workshop (non-postal)
The caption doesn’t mention Trader Vic’s, but the style matches and I have a used postcard where the writer identifies it as such.
“Photo shows the six-foot stone stele presented by the founder of Trader Vic’s, Victor Bergeron, to The New Otani Hotel and Tower as a token of lasting friendship.”
It’s unclear to me if this is a Trader Vic’s postcard, or just a postcard photographed at Trader Vic’s?
Oakland © 1941 (three color) (see Trad’r Bill at tikiroom.com)
Oakland and Honolulu (three color) (Evidence: eBay)
Honolulu (three color) ~ Granny Abbot (ev: worthpoint.com, Dustycajun)
Honolulu (three color) ~ Granny Abbot & Fred Mosher (Evidence: Dustycajun)
San Francisco © 1947 (full color) (Evidence: eBay)
Evidence: Dustycajun at tikiroom.com
The New Denver Outrigger folding mailer
Carter, Duke. Tiki Quest: Collecting the Exotic Past. Chicago: Pegboard Press, 2003.
“Guide to Dating Curt Teich Postcards.” Curt Teich Postcard Archive. Accessed October 26, 2017. https://www.newberry.org/sites/default/files/researchguide-attachments/Teich_Postcard_Dating_Guide_2016.pdf
Humphrey, Clark. Postcards of America: Vanishing Seattle. Charleston: Arcadia Publishing, 2008.
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