Thursday, September 24, 2009

A little history to go with our Hula Hut t-shirt

One of our newest Vintage Roadside t-shirts features the long-gone Tucson, Arizona nightspot - the Hula Hut.

Below you'll find a bit of the history we've put together along with a fun photo of our Hula Hut t-shirt spotted in the wild.

Photo courtesy of Brian & Heidi Bennett

Known as a place to hear live jazz in the 1950s, legendary performer Anita O'Day sang at the Hula Hut as did "Queen of the Boogie" Hadda Brooks in 1957.

From the descriptions that we've uncovered, the Hula Hut lived up to its name by featuring all of the tiki decor and drinks popular in the 1950s. A great North Coast Journal article written by Joseph Byrd sets the stage:

"The Hula Hut's facade was bamboo, cluttered with flotsam and fishing nets; inside it was lit with torches...Primitive masks and "tribal" carvings were prominent, and tropical-themed fabrics festooned the booths. Hula girls were languorously draped around the printed menu, which featured exotic rum drinks, sweetened with fruit juices, flavored syrups and liqueurs. Beverages were usually served in equally exotic vessels, each with its garnish of fruit and oversized straw."

To read more of the history and to take a look at our Hula Hut t-shirt please visit the Vintage Roadside website here.

As always if you've got any memories or further history regarding the Hula Hut we'd love to hear from you!

Jeff & Kelly
Vintage Roadside


Rick Kilby said...

I missed this one- what a great design! That's next in my collection!

Vintage Roadside said...

Thanks Rick:-) Always an honor to have another one go your way!