Drying racks laden with pecans, Monticello Nursery Company, 1923
Workers gathering tung nuts, 1946
Processing nuts at the Tungston Plantation, Capps, 1946
Oneta Rodgers, Merline Harrison, and others grading peanuts, Graceville, 1947
Tung nut blossom, Waukeenah, 1952
Boiled peanuts at the Renaissance Park Cultural Festival, Marianna, 2000
The vehicles used to carry firefighters to the scene of an emergency have seen a few changes over the course of a century…
First Hose Wagon, Tallahassee, early 1900s
Horse Drawn Fire Wagon, Madison County, 1910s
Firefighters, Lake City, early 1900s
First Fire Truck, Tallahassee, ca. 1916
Key West Fire Department, 1917
Pensacola Fire Department, 1927
Quincy Fire Department, ca. 1920
Chevrolet Truck Used by the Florida Forest Service, St. James Island, 1934
Jacksonville Fire Department, 1960
International Harvester Fire Truck, Key West, 1975
Florida has never lacked musicians ready to perform.
Madison town band, ca. 1900
Jug and harmonica band, 1880s
Eustis Cornet Band, 1885
Edward Wyer’s Creole Cornet Band, Pensacola, 1887
Palatka band, 1890s
Brass band awaiting President Grover Cleveland’s arrival, Lakeland, 1894
Saint Cloud band, ca. 1900
Jensen Cornet Band, 1900s
Tallahassee band, 1910s
Before Web pages and social media sites, before television, in the early years of radio as a mass communications medium, businesses promoted themselves through other means of advertising, including eye-catching designs on their office stationery.
In the first half of the 20th century, particularly in the 1920s and 1930s, office letterhead meant more than just a business name and address. Colorful artwork, detailed drawings, and inspiring slogans adorned much of the office stationery of the time, providing not only information and some humor, but also a glimpse of how we viewed ourselves, our work, our environment, and each other.
Why race off? Slow down and smell the salt water!
Ranson E. Olds in the Olds Pirate: Ormond Beach (ca. 1896)
Louis Ross in a Stanley Steamer automobile: Daytona Beach (1903)
Arthur McDonald in his Napier racer: Daytona Beach (1905)
Barney Oldfield racing the Blitzen Benz: Daytona Beach (1910)
Sir Henry Segrave in the Golden Arrow: Daytona Beach (1929)
Tommy Milton: Daytona Beach (1920)
Harry Hartz: Miami Beach (1926)
Ralph DePalma in his Packard V-12: Daytona Beach (1919)
Buddy Callaway: Daytona Beach (1936)
Jack Etheridge in Bill Milam’s Special 1: Daytona Beach (1947)
Sig Haugdahl in the Wisconsin Special: Daytona Beach (1922)
Sir Malcolm Campbell in his Bluebird: Daytona Beach (1935)
How’s the weather where you are? Come to Florida, where any day is just another day at the beach.
Ormond Beach (ca. 1895)
Miami Beach (early 1900s)
Fort Myers (1961)
Key West (1978)
Smathers Beach, Key West (1989)
Steamer David Clark, St. Johns River (1880s)
The David Clark, launched in Jacksonville on February 27, 1875, was built in the Brock and Stevens shipyard, registered #6865. It traveled the Jacksonville to Enterprise (on Lake Monroe) run for the Brock Line on the St. Johns River. It was sold in auction to Captain Joseph Smith in August of 1877 because of Jacob Brock’s bankruptcy.
In October of 1889, it burned in Fernandina, Florida, and was officially listed as abandoned in 1893. The steamer had a side-wheel paddle and a tonnage of 483 gross and 442 net. It was 147.5′ long, 41.4′ wide, with a depth of 7.8′. It had 51 nominal horsepower, and could make speeds of 14 knots.
In a tradition a century old, major league baseball teams are reporting to spring training camps in Florida (the Grapefruit League) and Arizona (the Cactus League) to prepare for the upcoming season.
Babe Ruth in a spring training game: Miami, Florida, March 16, 1920
Cleveland Indians spring training: Lakeland, Florida, between 1924-1927
Batting practice at Brooklyn Dodgers training camp in Vero Beach, between March 22-24, 1949
Spring training game in Lakeland, Florida, March 1967
Florida Marlins spring training game, 1993
Houston Astros spring training game in Kissimmee, Florida, 1980s