Thursday, August 20, 2015

1960s TV series, Surfside 6

Via IMDb: "Ken, Dave and Sandy are three hip private detectives living on and working out of a houseboat in Miami Beach, Florida. A yacht, belonging to socialite Daphne, is anchored next to their houseboat. While not pursuing criminals, they spend time at the Fontainebleau Hotel chasing Cha Cha who works as an entertainer in the Boom Boom Room."

Left to right: Lee Patterson (Dave), Diane McBain (Daphne), 
Van Williams (Ken), Margarita Sierra (Cha-Cha), 
Troy Donahue (Sandy).

Icemaking in 1920's Miami - a $7 million business

88 years ago in Miami....

Before Miami Vice, there was Miami Ice, a $7 million industry.

"Without ICE," the ad says, "Miami could not maintain modern standards of living - could not invite the world to its doors."

From the Miami Daily News, Oct. 10, 1927.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

South Seas Hotel 'On the Ocean near Lincoln Rd.'

Ad for the South Seas Hotel in the Miami Daily News, May 18, 1946.

Vintage postcard, circa 1940s.

Present day.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Miss Miami 1963 on a Nike missile

Flora Jo Chandonnet, right, Miss Miami 1963, sits atop a 
U.S. Army Nike missile. 

Miami News, March 30, 1963: A Beauty's Charming Spell Brings Her Magic City Title

Sunday, August 16, 2015

In Florida, there's no such word as 'winter'

This 1968 British travelogue will show you Miami Beach, the Florida Keys and the Everglades, and then back to swinging Miami Beach again....all in about 8 minutes.

"Miami Beach's Collins Avenue is part of a seven-mile-long strip of hotels...enough of them to stay in a room with a different view of the ocean every night of the year."

Castro closes last Havana casino - Sept. 29, 1961

Fifty years ago..... From the Miami News, Sept. 29, 1961:
HAVANA (AP) - The last of Havana's gambling casinos closed down quietly within minutes after Fidel Castro had announced his government is cleaning up the city, once wide open.

Addressing a huge rally at Havana's Square of the Revolution, the prime minister promised measures to rehabilitate Havana's prostitutes and drive out white slave racketeers.

He warned dealers in the vice they face stiff penalties and told them to "go to Miami if they want. We will even pay their plane tickets." This was greeted with cheers.

Also on page one of the paper that day: How to survive a hydrogen bomb attack.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

'Swamp Turned Into Swanky Lincoln Road By Carl Fisher'

Land being cleared for the construction of Lincoln Road - ca. 1915.

The Miami News, March 21, 1937.

The Miami News, March 21, 1937.

Looking down Lincoln Road from Alton Road. - 1933 (Photograph
by W.A. Fishbaugh)

LIFE Magazine, Feb. 24, 1941.
LIFE Magazine, Feb. 24, 1941.

Miami Herald Tropic Magazine - Sunday, April 27, 1986

In the past four or five years, Lincoln Road Mall has become a period piece -- a reenactment of the Great Depression, with some of the original cast, the poorest and feeblest of the elderly, the very oldest of the old. They are stranded by physical and financial immobility. They have watched the wealthier members of their generation flee to the suburbs, and then they watched their favorite stores flee as well. More than a fourth of the shops -- 46 to be exact -- are now vacant, for rent.

"It's no more Lincoln Road . It's Cemetery Road ," says Alice Davidson, 83, a Miami Beach native who walks the mall daily when her crooked hip doesn't hurt. "I know when people came here from Palm Beach in their Rolls-Royces," she adds, steadying herself with a hand cart.

"There's nothing here," says Lee Saul, born in the Bronx, retired in Miami Beach. "I have to go up to 163rd Street or Aventura. There's nothing here. Really dead. You won't find one person after 5 o'clock. Nobody's walking around except characters."

A few steps away, Walter Hinkle, 41, of Miami, is in a rage: "Guy down there throwing up. There's all these mental cases walking around. This is the manifestation of Hell as Dante imagined it."

Things don't work right on the mall. The power goes out at the Barnett Bank, darkness at noon, locked-out pensioners pounding on the glass. Seeing-eye doors don't see. Police surveillance cameras, would-be deterrents to crime, tilt in strange directions, some skyward as though looking for incoming rockets. A newspaper box sells The Miami Beach Sun Reporter -- but the edition is three months old, the last yellowed copies of a proud paper that didn't make it. At night, the streetlights sometimes blink dark. At the Lincoln Theatre, maybe a dozen people watch a first-run movie in a room the size of a blimp hangar. No one is at the door or behind the concession stand; in from the street slips a decrepit woman in a heavy coat, seeking refuge.

The best stores left. Saks Fifth Avenue is gone. Bonwit Teller is gone. Adrian Thal Furs is gone. Peck & Peck is gone. Leighton's is gone. Nettleton's is gone. Lane Bryant is gone. Pierre Vacca is gone. Elizabeth Arden is gone. Milgrims is gone. Greenleaf & Crosby is gone. F.A.O. Schwartz is gone. Florsheim's, one of the last "name" stores, is still around, but it will close down when its lease expires in August. The 30s Cafe, a valiant effort at resuscitating the glamour of the mall, is foundering.


Feb. 1940 - LIFE Magazine photo of Saks Fifth Avenue on Lincoln Road

The Miami News, Aug. 17, 1958 - Full page ad for Lincoln Road

The Miami News, November 26, 1960 - The Curtain Rises on 'New' Lincoln Road

The Miami News, April 25, 1981 - Tourist calls Lincoln Road a 'ghost town'

The Miami News, May 23, 1983 - What Lincoln Road needs is a shot of life

Carl Fisher, Mr. Miami Beach.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Trouble in Key West - April 20, 1898

April 20, 1898

The United States and Spain are just days away from declaring war.

Key West has filled up with troops as America prepares for the outbreak of hostilities.

But not all in Key West are happy to see some of the troops.

The Miami Metropolis recounts a tense encounter between the police and some "Negro soldiers" in this dispatch from the April 22, 1898 edition of the paper.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Early 1940s nightlife in Miami and Miami Beach

Miami Daily News, Nov. 16, 1940.
Sketch by Manning Hall.
(Click here to enlarge.)

Miami Daily News, Jan. 18, 1941.

Miami Daily News, Feb. 1, 1941.

Miami Daily News, Feb. 1, 1941.

Miami Daily News, Feb. 1, 1941.

Miami Daily News, Feb. 1, 1941.

Miami Daily News, Feb. 8, 1941.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The story of Pan American's Seaplane Terminal at Dinner Key in photos and news clippings


The Pan American Seaplane Terminal at Dinner Key

by Beth Dunlop
Miami Herald

Oct. 31, 1982

When it opened in 1933, Pan American World Airway's Clipper Terminal on Dinner Key was hailed as the world's most progressive marine air terminal. As the Clipper planes set forth for Cuba and Caracas and points throughout the Caribbean and South America, Miami began to earn the appellation, Gateway of the Americas.

Pan Am's first terminal at Dinner Key was a houseboat, and the seaplanes were stored in a hangar, erected in 1931. Two years later, the airline erected its modern marine terminal, a two-story art deco structure flanked by one-story wings. The design provoked national interest, and there were articles in both architectural and aviation journals singing its praises.

Inside, there was a two-story waiting room, with a 10-foot globe in the center. The beamed ceiling was decorated with signs of the zodiac, and the walls with murals of the history of aviation. Above the curved ticket counter hung a monumental winged clock.

Upstairs, there was a dining room for 100 with an open deck that allowed for an additional 50 diners. There were two observation decks, as well as all the requisite mail and baggage, customs and public health facilities.

The Clipper Terminal was designed by the prominent New York firm of Delano & Aldrich, architects of such important revival- styled buildings as the Colony Club (Georgian), the Knickerbocker Club (also Georgian), the Willard-Straight House (Federal, now the International Center of Photography) and the Union Club (mansard-roofed, 18th-Century English).

In the early 20th Century, Delano & Aldrich had assumed the society-club architect mantle of McKim, Mead & White, and the Beaux-Arts-trained architects flourished in that role. But in the '30s, they began to design more streamlined buildings, including the Pan Am Clipper Terminal and LaGuardia Airport's first passenger and marine terminals, built in 1939 in conjunction with the New York World's Fair. In 1952, William Adams Delano won the American Institute of Architects' Gold Medal, its most prestigious honor.

In its heyday, the Clipper terminal served 50,000 passengers annually, but more importantly, it drew an average of 30,000 visitors a month, and in the tourist season, that number rose to 100,000 a month. During World War II, Dinner Key became a Navy base, and in 1943, President Franklin Roosevelt boarded a clipper ship headed for Casablanca there -- the first time a president traveled in an airplane.

After the war, the city of Miami bought Dinner Key for use as a park, and in 1950, converted the Clipper Terminal into a restaurant and marina office. Four years later, it was converted once again --into Miami's City Hall.


Miami Daily News, April 18, 1934

Miami Daily News, Feb. 24, 1934


Miami Daily News, May 27, 1934
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Miami Daily News, March 27, 1935

Miami Daily News, April 14, 1935

Miami Daily News, April 18, 1935


Miami Daily News, Oct. 28, 1935

Miami Daily News, Nov. 18, 1935


Palm Beach Post, Jan. 20, 1946

Miami Daily News, Oct. 4, 1950

National Park Service: The Pan American Seaplane Base and Terminal Building