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Duke K & Hula Girl Surfing Lithos & Book

No Reserve ! These two high quality surfing lithographs were both made in 2001 from privately owned artworks by the photographer who co-authored a book containing the original artworks. A copy of this 2001 book, Finding Paradise: Island Art in Private Collections, is included in this auction set with the two lithographs. Michael D. Horikawa is the book's photographer and co-author who also produced these lithographs in very limited numbers. No. 1. DUKE KAHANAMOKU SURFING A WAVE - 1914 This lithograph is of a 1914 privately owned illustration. The artist is Edward Harrington Steel using charcoal and China white highlights on paper. Steel worked as an illustrator in Hawaii from 1910 through 1930, when he left to pursue a career as a silent film star in Hollywood. This monochromatic illustration was proposed for the 1914 Mid-Pacific Carnival poster. It captures the power and concentration of the athlete, Duke Kahanamoku, in his element. (The published 1914 Mid Pacific Carnival poster showed a different image of Duke surfing, a photograph by A.R. Gurrey.) Paper size 30 in by 22.5 in.image size 28by 18. Printed on highest quality paper and in the bottom left is printed _#11/100 The Hawaii Collection (believe only 25 were printed). This image is on page 264 of the 2001 book, the 1st page of the chapter on Surfing. This Duke original 1914 surfing illustration is also pictured on page 371 of the 2013 book The Ultimate Guide to Vintage Surfboards and Collectables. No. 2 HULA GIRL SURFING A WAVE - 1930S This lithograph is of a 1930s privately owned painting. The artist is Gene Pressler a painter and illustrator who worked in New York at the early part of the 20th century. He worked in an Art Deco style that was prevalent at that time. The published version of this hula and surf image is found on page 140 in the book Aloha Spirit: Hawaiian Art & Popular Design, 1998, along with two other similar Gene Pressler hula girl prints from the 1930s. Notice that this lithograph has 2 surfboard "noses" that are in the original painting. The published 1930s artwork correctly only has one surfboard under the hula girl's feet. The private owner of the original painting said that Pressler made an error and had to repaint the surfboard higher up after doing it once. Of course the published print edited out this unique aspect of the original Pressler painting from which the 1930s print was made. Paper size is 40 in by 14.5 in. image size is 36" by 11". In lower left corner is printed _#5/100 The Hawaii Collection (believe only 25 were printed). This image is on page 333 of the 2001 book that is included in this set.Read more

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Jack London Surfs ! Hawaii in Winter Photograph

No Reserve ! This B/W photo has the ocean hand tinted blue and is in it's original board mounted set with a small 1913 calendar below the photo with "Hawaii in Winter" printed on the front. The famous American author, Jack London (The Call of the Wild; The Sea Wolf; White Fang.) visited Hawaii four times, in 1905, 1907, 1915 and 1916, staying 5 months most trips. He was taught surfing and loved it, publishing his historic article "A Royal Sport: Surfing at Waikiki" in 1907, the 1st mass produced article on surfing to the general public. His 1911 book, The Cruise of the Snark, placed Waikiki as the location for the center of the sport. This original circa 1910 photo from the Williams Studio is a very early one showing stand up surfing. Most of the "surfing" in 1910 was done by tourist sitting in outrigger canoes (they loved it). In this photo there are five surfers, Jack London is the one standing up, three others are on surfboards with two beginning to stand, and the last surfer is in a one person outrigger canoe. This photo, without the hand tinting, is pictured on page 11 of Surf's Up: Collecting the Longboard Era, 2001, with the caption: Circa 1910. Here Jack London is seen surfing at Canoes, Waikiki, in a standing position on his board. Possibly the only existing photo of Jack London surfing. Mauna Kea Galleries, Kamuela, Hawaii. $800-1,200. He died young, in 1916, and the Hawaiian dethroned Queen Liliuokalani stated, "By the point of his pen his genius conquered all prejudice and gave out to the world at large true facts concerning the Hawaiian people".Read more

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Greg Noll George Downing Model Hawaiian Gun

No Reserve ! You are bidding on a rare and unique circa 1964 hand shaped Hawaiian Gun by legendary big waves surfer, shaper, and surfing icon Mr. George Downing. This board is 10' 6" with 3-stringers and a classically sleek pintail. Maroon bottom with yellow deck. Jaw dropping. Greg Noll asked George Downing to shape him a handful of boards for the Waikiki shop; George said okay, and set about shaping a few Hawaiian guns and a few hot dog boards. The exact number is not known, but less than twenty. Prior to this when Downing shaped a board for Noll they would actually use a typewriter and feed the logo into the typewriter and type out "G.D." or "George Downing" onto the logo. Thinking progressively, Noll decided to have "George Downing Model" laminate lables printed in advance. The story goes that Noll didn't tell Downing that he had created a "George Downing Model" label for this batch of boards. Downing found out, was furious and there was a falling out between between Downing and Noll due to the "George Downing Model" label on these boards. This board, on the auction block now, is one of those rare (believed to be only six in existence) hand shaped George Downing Hawaiian guns with the "George Downing Model" Greg Noll logo. An absolutely stunning surfboard dripping with history, legacy, and a great story.Read more

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Eight Vintage Surfing/Surfboard Photographs

No Reserve ! 1. B/W 4.0x5.0 inch albumen photo taken from an album put together by a crew member of British navel ship HMS Warspite. "Honolulu, Surf Boating (March 1901)" written on album page. 1901 was the 1st year "surfing”began in Waikiki for tourists with rides in outrigger canoes out in the waves. 2. Tinted B/W 5.75x7.50 photo of surfing outrigger canoe with Diamond Head in background. Tinted with blue in the ocean and sky, and white in the breaking wave. "Williams Studio” stamped on back with 1/25 written in pencil. Circa 1920s 3. B/W 8.25x5.50 inch photo of William "Bill” Herwig, pioneer Southern California surfer, seated on an outrigger canoe in from of the Outrigger Canoe Club (1st Building, 1920s). Signed by Bill to his old friend Wes Linstrum, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1921. Herwig was taught surfing by Duke Kahanamoku and in turn, Bill taught many early California surfers including Pete Peterson and others. 4. Tinted B/W 8.0x10.0 inch photo of single man surfing a wave. "Wiliams Studio" stamped on back with "1854" written below the stamped name. Circa 1920s. 5. B/W 8.0x5.0 inch photo of a girl holding a wood plank surfboard. Rear has large fades stamp s "Underwood & Underwood" but the location is too faded to read. Circa 1920s 6. B/W 8.25x6.50 inch photo of a fellow holding a laminated wood surfboard with a paddle board on the ground. No markings on rear. Circa 1940s based on board and swim suit and in Southern California based on hillside near beach (like Sano). 7. B/W 5.0x7.0 inch photo of outrigger canoe during with Diamond Head in background. No marking on rear. Circa 1930s. 8. B/W 8.0x10.0 inch photo of kids and others surfing at Waikiki with Diamond Head in the background. No marking on rear. Circa 1910.Read more

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