Friday, June 29, 2007


Something in the works for the future

A vintage outpost of available goods

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Santa's Packing

Just what every kid wants for christmas

His very own offical Santa's Village Six Shooter.

I thought I had seen it all in hokey non-related theme park souvenirs, but when Kelly brought this little piece home this one went to the top of the list. I would expect this at say Knotts or Calico Ghost Town but dear old Santa's Village? It should at least be painted like a candy cane or shoot gum drops. Hats of to the marketing guys up there in the mountain for the gem from the past.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Hostes Tuinky

A unusual spanish matchbook for our cream filled friend.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Those Lost Robot Men

Now I know where they got the idea for those toys with the funky eyes that pop when you squeeze them.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Sea to Ranch

A while ago I was the first to go thru a large collection of local menus. There were some great Tropical Tiki ones but the Keeper in the stack was this local place.

Two of the special dinners

Can't beat a porpoise riding cowboy can ya.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Betty 2.0

As Promised last Friday
Another version of the ever popular toy "Betty Brunette"

I wonder if she came as a Blonde or Red Head?

Thursday, June 21, 2007

The Long Straw

Just in time for the extra tall glass of lemonade this summer.

Also perfect for a tall bottle of soda.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Visit Swapatorium

Hello everyone! Today I am a guest blogger over at swapatorium. Angelica has a wonderful blog and was one of the reasons I started up Tikranch. Please drop on by and check it out.

Monday, June 18, 2007


You just never know what will turn up at the weekend shows.

This wooden figure was too cool to pass up for $20.00. I walked pass the booth and asked the price, the dealer replied $25.00. I thought to myself "Do I need this guy since he is not an advertising piece?" So I kept walking ahead, maybe five step away from the booth I realized I would regret not getting it ( for some unknown reason I do that sometimes) and be beatting my self in the head later that day. So I rushed back and got him. Looks like some sort of summer camp project a kid made or something. He is now happy to be hanging out with the advertising figures here at the Ranch.
Thanks for passing by and check me out at Swapatorium tomorrow for my monthly post over there.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Betty 1

Today is one for the Ladies into Hair Fashion.
Say Hello to Betty Brunette.

This is another one from my small collection of magnetic toys. Stay tuned over the weekend for another one.
Thanks for dropping by the ranch.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Old Card

When I am not out hitting the swaps and sales I also work on graphics design. I work at a printing company and sometimes bring projects home to work on. I made this card design a few years back in case I needed one for a customer. This was before I came up with Tikiranch so I just used my name instead of Andy.

My plan for the near future is offering a printing service thru Tikiranch for anyone in need of business cards, flyers, postcards,posters,audio packaging, letterheads, envelopes, tickets, ect.

Thanks for dropping by.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

All Aboard

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Early Disneyland RR Ticket with separate tickets for each land. Great little warnings at the bottom of each one.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

The 4 B's

Found this interesting matchbook over the weekend

Bill, Barbara,Billy and Buddy were running the cafe back then. It sure was great they all had names starting with "B" otherwise this place would have never been.
I wonder what a Honey Steak tastes like?

Monday, June 11, 2007

Were Bobs Began

Hope everyone had a great weekend
One panel scan of a vintage Bobs Big Boy menu shows the first Bob's and equally cool general offices and commissary (Look more like a motel to me). Along with the great renderings is Thanks from the Big Boy founder himself.
Thanks for dropping by today.

Friday, June 08, 2007

I am the King

In the Advertising world there seems to be a whole lot of Kings. Here is one of them

Have a great weekend everyone one.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

The Meter

A little sign my wife found for the bathroom

I like the little guy illustration he is almost as tall and the outhouse.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Tag your Bag

Something tropical for today.

With a tag like this on your bag it's no wonder somebody stashed a few extras to take home.

I have to say "Thanks" to them, whoever they were.

Monday, June 04, 2007


Acme: (Greek: ακμή, the peak, zenith, prime) denotes the best of something.
ACME: A Company [that] Makes Everything: Wile E. Coyote's supplier of equipment and gadgets.

All CAPS make a difference in the meaning on

"ACME for Accuracy" what more can you ask for ?

Friday, June 01, 2007

A Little Softee

Happy Friday Everyone!
Going thru the many boxes of collected stuff I have stashed away over the years come these 2 iron-ons for the cone man himself Mister Softee.

What better way to start the summer post than this famous Ice Cream icon. I once heard from somebody that they have Mr Softee 3 dimensional cone heads mounted on the iconic ice cream trucks, anyone out there ever seen one???