Thursday, May 29, 2014

Vintage 1970s Miami Beach tourism film

Video by Coronado Studios for the Tourist Development Authority of Miami Beach, circa 1970.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

1937 newspaper ad for the French Casino on Miami Beach

From the Miami Daily News, March 1, 1937.

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Monday, May 26, 2014

1926 newspaper ad...'Ride a Bicycle'

From the Miami Daily News, May 2, 1926.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Barbizon Apartment Hotel, 530 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach - 1980

Photograph by Walter Smalling via Library of Congress.
(March 1980)

Monday, May 19, 2014

The first Dade County Courthouse

Dedication of the Dade County Courthouse, July, 28, 1914.

Dade County Courthouse, early 1900s.
Via Library of Congress. 

Random Pixels: Tempers flare in Judge Blanton's courtroom in 1917

Miami News: April 26, 1964: Dade County Courthouse history

Friday, May 16, 2014

1985 WTVJ report 'Mobile telephones are in your future'

According to this 1985 report from WTVJ's Alan Mendelson, there were only 7,000 mobile telephone users in South Florida that year. The going price (not including airtime) was about $3,000.

Video via the WolfsonArchive.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

1929 newspaper ad for Miami Beach: 'Building Homes of Health and Happiness'

From the Miami Daily News, Jan. 6, 1929.

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Friday, May 9, 2014

1929 newspaper ad for Star Island

From the Miami Daily News, May 12, 1929.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

1954 newspaper ad for Royal Castle

From the Miami Daily News, May 7, 1954.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

1956 newspaper ad for Eastern Airlines

From the Miami Daily News, Dec. 5, 1956.

Friday, May 2, 2014

1927 newspaper ad for Tahiti Beach in Coral Gables

From the Miami Daily News, Dec. 9, 1927.

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Miami Herald
August 18, 1991
By Rene Rodriguez

George Merrick came up with many inventive ways to attract prospective buyers and tourists to his dream city of Coral Gables during the 1920s. One of his wackier ideas involved Italian gondolas, grass huts and servants dressed in Tahitian clothing.

On Feb. 6, 1926, guests staying at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables had a new way to relax and enjoy their stay: 25 authentic gondolas, imported from Italy along with gondoliers, transported guests along the Coral Gables Waterway to a private playground called Tahiti Beach .

Touted in advertisements as a place "where discriminating people will find their own kind" and "where the only American Tropics makes its most inviting gesture," Tahiti Beach was designed to create a South Seas atmosphere for visitors.

Thatched huts shielded beachgoers from the sun while attendants dressed in authentic Tahitian clothing. A larger hut, the Tahiti Beach Clubhouse, also housed a small casino.

The beach , which was located about a mile east of what is now Cocoplum Circle, was dotted with coconut palms and covered with white sand. The area's natural beauty was such that Merrick contemplated building another Biltmore-sized hotel along the coast.

The September 1926 hurricane, however, changed all that. The storm destroyed most of the Polynesian-style paradise, and the economic collapse that followed prevented Merrick from rebuilding.

Instead, Tahiti Beach was later opened to the general public, although the new incarnation was built on a much smaller scale, with concession stands offering hot dogs and soft drinks.

This new, popular version of Tahiti Beach remained open until 1974, when it was purchased as part of the Cocoplum development. Today the area is part of Tahiti Beach Island, a private section of Cocoplum. The island is made up of 28 lots. Six homeowners reside on the island. Other homes are under construction.

1927 newspaper ad for the Ocean Drive Casino

From the Miami Daily News, Dec. 9, 1927.

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Homestead, Florida - 1939

ORIGINAL CAPTION: "Main street, Negro 
section.Jan. 1939. 
Photographs by Marion Post Wolcott.
(Click here to enlarge.)
Via the Library of Congress.

ORIGINAL CAPTION: "Main street, showing barber 
shop in Negro section." Jan. 1939. 
(Click here to enlarge.)

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Duval Street in Key West - 1938

ORIGINAL CAPTION: "Duval Street extends from 
the Gulf to the Atlantic. Key West, Florida."
Photograph by Arthur Rothstein.
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