Thursday, April 28, 2016

Miami TV Personalities From Yesteryear

Video by conkyjoe

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Miami bathing beauties - 1923

Vacationers in Miami, 1923.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Miami River - 1900s

Man in rowboat on Miami River, by shore and royal palm.
[via Library of Congress]
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Up the Miami River from Bay Biscayne.

Royal Palm Hotel from Miami River.

Miami River and Royal Palm Hotel.

Along the Miami River.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Vintage Miami Beach postcards

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Sunday, April 3, 2016

1960s - Miami Go-Go! Jet National

TV commercial for National Airlines.

"It's Miami at a 'go-go' price. ... Have yourself a go-go vacation at America's Riviera!"

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Carl Fisher's Nautilus Hotel

March 1925.
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From the Miami Herald, Oct. 2, 2006: The Nautilus Hotel was the second major hotel by Carl Fisher, the developer credited with turning a vast jungle of mangroves into modern-day Miami Beach. On grounds that today are home to Mount Sinai Medical Center, the Nautilus was on the bay side, just north of 41st Street. Like the Flamingo Hotel on 15th Street, Fisher wanted this hotel facing the bay because that's where he held his big boat races.

The Nautilus, opened Jan. 10, 1924, was built in Mediterranean revival style architecture. It featured 183 posh rooms and villas, surrounded by polo fields and swimming pools with cabanas.

Like similar hotels in the area, the Nautilus ran into hard times when the Florida land boom went bust. During World War II, it went from being a glamorous resort to a military hospital. The Veteran's Administration eventually moved its facilities to the Biltmore Hotel and the old Nautilus property went to the city of Miami Beach.

The city eventually sold it for $1 to an organization of Jewish doctors and businessmen that had been created to found a hospital where Jewish physicians could practice. After extensive renovations, Mount Sinai opened Dec. 4, 1949.

In 1968 the original structure that had been the Nautilus Hotel was torn down to make way for a more modern medical facility.

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March 1952.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Barcelona Hotel, Miami Beach - 1950s

The Barcelona Hotel, built in 1938, was located at 4343 Collins Ave.