Wednesday, July 31, 2013

1925 newspaper ad for Coral Gables real estate

From the Miami Daily News, July 16, 1925.

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Two vintage photos of Miami Fire Department stations

Miami Fire Department Central Station (early 1900s)
Located at what is now West Flagler Street and First Ave.
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Miami Fire Department Station No. 3.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Miami Police get tough on illegal parkers in 1925

Via Florida Memory:
Miami police had a rather practical way of enforcing parking regulations before the development of traffic tickets. They simply seized an automobile's front seat and held it at headquarters until the owner redeemed the cushion by payment of a fine.

Police collecting front cushions from illegally
parked automobiles. Nov. 21, 1925. 

Photograph by Gleason Waite Romer.
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Pizza, Pasta and Miami's Best Garlic Rolls

WTVJ's Bob Mayer reports on Marcella's Restaurant in North Miami in 1989.

via The Wolfson Archive:
A Culinary Survivor

Marcella Aitken's Italian restaurant in North Miami was a beloved neighborhood dining-out spot for decades. Her garlic rolls were legendary, and Marcella, working her tables and supervising her kitchen, was a Miami icon, made famous by distinctive commercials on local television.

Aitken, who immigrated to the United States from Italy, was a Miami newsmaker, known for raising basil, oregano and tomatoes in her back yard long before the local food movement. In the late 1970s and early 1980s Miami's "pasta queen" branched out, selling frozen Italian meals to Eastern Airlines and other big clients.

Marcella was on her way to becoming "the Italian equivalent of Colonel Sanders" when Eastern folded. And when this WTVJ clip aired in 1989 Marcella was back where she started -- in the kitchen and dining room of the restaurant that bore her name.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Beacon Hotel on Ocean Drive


Circa 1959.
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Monday, July 15, 2013

Friday, July 12, 2013

Julia Tuttle Causeway opens - Dec. 12, 1959

Construction on the Julia Tuttle Causeway in April, 1959.
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Miami News, Dec. 13, 1959.

The day before it officially opened, WTVJ anchor Ralph Renick took a
spin on the "Tuttle" in a 1959 Simca Aronde Oceane.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

1928 newspaper ad for Carl Fisher Properties

From the Miami Daily News, March 10, 1928.

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Dining out in Miami and Miami Beach in 1959

Miami and Miami Beach restaurant ads from the Miami News, Dec. 13, 1959.

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Monday, July 8, 2013

1928 newspaper ad for the City of Miami Beach

From the Miami Daily News, March 11, 1928.


"Don't return north to colds and illness when you may remain in the healthful sunshine of Miami Beach..."

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

In 1963, the brand-new Miami Herald building was 'a self-contained city with over 1,200 inhabitants'

Excerpts from a 1963 documentary film produced for the Miami Herald by Miami filmmaker Fred Frink.


Part one: "A self-contained city with over 1200 inhabitants"... including 93 classified ad takers.

Part two: "From these typewriters come stories of the latest fashions for Milady..." (By the way, that's legendary Herald sports writer Ed Pope on the telephone in the opening shot.)