1950’s chalkware Marwal Hawaiian girl bust

The 1950’s were a very interesting time, and one of the most interesting events of the decade was when Hawaii became the 50th state in 1959.  Contemporary magazines, fashion, and music all reflected the heightened fascination with Polynesian culture.  More ukuleles were produced in the 1950’s than in any other decade – 9 million!  This decade also saw the birth of the “Tiki” culture.  So it’s fitting that this chalkware bust of a Hawaiian girl with a flower in her hair comes from that time.  Her features are quite accurately sculpted and the contrast between her skin tone and her hibiscus flower is warm and appealing.  The manufacturer is Marwal Inc., a Florida-based producer of collectible busts and figures in the 1940’s and 1950’s.  Please go here for more details and views.