Monday, January 26, 2015

Vintage Miami postcards (ca. 1940s)

Flagler Street looking west from Bayfront Park
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FEC Streamliner "The Champion" at the downtown
Miami train station. 

Sears building on Biscayne Boulevard. 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Biltmore Hotel - 1920s

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Photographs by William Fishbaugh
Via Florida Memory

Friday, January 23, 2015

The 1920 Bathing Suit Parade at Miami Beach

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Miami Daily Metropolis, Dec. 10, 1920.

In its Dec. 10, 1920 afternoon editions, the Miami Daily Metropolis breathlessly reported that the city of Miami had been "practically depopulated."

The draw was "the most exciting event of the year," as the Metropolis termed it; a bathing suit parade featuring "stunningly, if thinly-clad beauties."

The Metropolis noted that more than 1,000 cars had parked near 22nd and 23rd Streets. Cars from Palm Beach, Orlando, Ft. Pierce and Kissimmee "were present in great numbers."

And there was this tidbit: "Among the features of the bathing suit parade was 'The Evolution of the Bathing Suit,' portrayed by four women" with one lady wearing an 1890s bathing suit with "full puff sleeves and long bloomers showing beneath the ankle-length 17-pound skirt. A straw hat with ribbons beneath the chin completed the costume, which brought many a laugh."

ORIGINAL CAPTION: The Bathing Suit Parade of Miami Beach. (1920)
Photograph by William Fishbaugh via Library of Congress. 
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Detail from above photograph.
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We now rejoin the year 2015, already in progress....

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Dining out in Miami in 1972

From the Miami News, March 24, 1972.

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Friday, December 26, 2014

Gilda Gray brings the 'shimmy' to the Hollywood Golf and Country Club - 1924

Gilda Gray in Miami - 1925
via Florida Memory


Miami Daily News, Dec. 24, 1924. 

Miami Daily News, Jan. 10, 1925.


Miami Daily News, Dec. 13, 1924: Gilda Gray To Be Entertainer at Hollywood

Miami Daily News, Dec. 20, 1924: Gilda Anxious to Arrive Here

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Downtown Miami Burdines Christmas display - (circa 1950s)

Spectators watch the 'World's Largest Santa,' 65 feet in height, and a 70-foot 
Christmas tree during the formal lighting ceremony in Miami on Thanksgiving night, Nov. 23, 1950. Synchronized to music, the display is lighted by more than a mile 
of multi-colored neon tubes. The tribute to the forthcoming Holiday, 
erected on the pedestrian bridge over Miami Avenue, was witnessed 
by a crowd estimated at 10,000.

Miami Avenue, 1954.